Joe Bonner joined the Maryland staff as Director of Volleyball Operations in the summer of 2010. Bonner came to the Terps after serving as head coach at Youngstown State for five years.
He reshaped the program by recruiting top-level players, scheduling nationally-ranked teams and establishing the same mentality that got him to five NCAA Tournaments as an assistant.
Bonner's success in recruiting continued just before he came to College Park when he brought in two highly-regarded student-athletes. Setter Angela Roidt was recognized as one of the top-250 seniors in the nation, and outside hitter Suzanne Lasseigne earned High School All-America honors. Bonner also attracted athletic middle hitter Martina Davis and third-team All-Ohio defensive specialist Brittany Holland. The Penguins got off to a strong start in 2008 under Bonner and assembled a long list of accomplishments. YSU won seven of its first 10 matches for the second time in Bonner's tenure and won tournaments at Charlotte and Robert Morris. YSU also picked up its first-ever three-set sweep in a Horizon League match in 2009, accomplishing the feat against Loyola and at Green Bay. The Penguins also won at Loyola, marking the first time that the program won two Horizon League road matches in the same season.
On the individual level, Bonner saw the career culmination of Karla Everhart and Ebony Barbosa, who were part of his first recruiting class. Everhart wrapped up her career with 3,339 assists, and Barbosa finished with 985 kills and 1,061 digs. Additionally, 2009 senior Ruth Boscaljon led the Horizon League in blocks per set and ranked second in attack percentage. Her efforts at the net helped YSU rank 30th nationally in blocks.
During the 2007 campaign, Bonner guided the Penguins to their highest win total (12) since they won 14 matches in the Mid-Continent Conference in 2000. The Penguins finished seventh in the Horizon League - a school best since joining the conference in 2001 - and won more league matches than the previous six seasons combined.
For the second straight season, a YSU player was named to the All-Horizon League Team when Jessica Fraley earned the postseason honor. Fraley also earned CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honors and Academic All-League laurels.
Bonner's 2006 recruiting class earned a top 100 ranking by PrepVolleyball.com. Boscaljon, one of those recruits that helped kickstart the progression, became the first Youngstown State volleyball player to earn All-Horizon League honors and just the second player in school history to garner a newcomer-of-the-year award.
Bonner came to YSU after spending two seasons as the top assistant coach at the University of Dayton. He helped the Flyers to a two-year mark of 49-16 and two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
While at Dayton, Bonner worked primarily with the middle hitters and blockers. In addition to his on-court duties, he was responsible for team travel, game operations and assisting with recruiting.
Prior to Dayton, Bonner spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Robert Morris, helping the Colonials to three consecutive Northeast Conference titles and three straight NCAA Tournaments. Under his guidance, four middle hitters received all-conference honors and one earned NEC Player-of-the-Year accolades for two consecutive years.
Outside of the college realm, Bonner also has four years of collegiate club volleyball coaching experience.
A 1997 graduate of Frostburg State University, Bonner's club team made two national tournament appearances, as well as three years of USAV competition.
A native of Huntingtown, Md., Bonner received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Frostburg State.