One of Florida State's all-time greats, Angela Bonaffino returns to her alma mater as a member of the 2002 coaching staff. Bonaffino will serve as a team manager with Florida State this year where she will pursue a master's degree after spending the past year working in her native Ontario, Canada.
Bonaffino spent the past year honing her coaching skills as she assisted her former high school squad, Holy Cross Secondary School, as the team finished second in all of Ontario. She also served as the Head Instructor at Jets Soccer and has coached at the Patrick Baker Soccer Camp and Austin Peay Soccer Camp. She secured her Level I Coaching License this year and also spent time refereeing locally.
While in Ontario, Bonaffino took business courses at Brock University and continued to play soccer with the St. Catharine's Jets. She captained the Jets to a Top 10 national ranking in the Premier Division.
After graduating from Florida State in 2000 with a degree in food and nutrition, Bonaffino spent eight months working at Premier Health and Fitness Center in Tallahassee. She used her undergraduate degree as she served as Junior Strength and Conditioning Coach and a fitness instructor.
Bonaffino had a stellar playing career as a Seminole and still appears amongst FSU's career leaders for assists and shots and still ranks among FSU's best for assists in a single season. In 1999, the senior captain was voted team MVP after starting 18 of 20 matches, scoring one goal and setting a school record with seven assists. She led the squad in 1999 with 35 shots and her goal was the game-winner against Florida International. As a junior, Bonaffino recorded game-winning assists versus Mercer and Auburn as she started 17 of FSU's 19 matches.
As a sophomore in 1997, Bonaffino scored the game-winning goal versus Stetson as she built on a solid freshman campaign that saw her garner rookie of the year honors. In her inaugural season, Bonaffino started all 20 matches for FSU as she recorded four goals and four assists. She tied for third on the squad with 12 points and had multi-point games versus NC State and Tennessee. Her assist against the Wolfpack was the first game-winner of her Seminole career.
The midfielder also had a stellar career as a member of the Canadian Olympic Development Program. Bonaffino was head captain of the U-19's team in 1996 and she was also invited to tryout for the U-20 National side. From 1990-97, she was a member of Team Ontario and was a member of the U-19 National Team pool from 1995-97. n