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First as a player, then an assistant coach, and now in her seventh season as its head coach, Amy Bond’s energy and enthusiasm for elevating the success and storied tradition of the Florida State program is rivaled by few coaches in all of collegiate golf.  During her first six seasons as Florida State’s head women’s golf coach, Bond has coached two All-Americans, two regional champions, eight All-ACC selections, 19 All-ACC Academic Honor Roll selections with 39 academic honors, 12 players who have been named to the All-ACC Academic team and four who have been named to the All-America Scholar Athlete team.

As the Seminoles’ head coach, she has led Florida State to six consecutive NCAA Championship Tournament appearances – a streak that brings the program’s current school-record streak to 11 consecutive NCAA appearances entering the 2016-17 season.

With her student-athlete first approach, her love of the game of golf, her unbridled love for Florida State University and her ability to recruit top-level talent, Bond constantly works to take the Seminole women’s golf program to a higher level.  That higher level is in the classroom, her relationships with her players, and Florida State’s success on the golf course have all allowed her program to become recognized as one of the top all-around programs in all of college golf.

The Seminole women’s golf team is recognized as a star among stars as Florida State is annually celebrated as one of the top athletic programs in the nation.  Florida State has finished in the top 25 in the Director’s Cup in each of the last eight years.

In her six seasons at Florida State, the Seminoles have played in six NCAA Championship tournaments, produced the school’s first two NCAA Regional Champions (Maria Salinas in 2012 and Matilda Castren in 2016), earned three All-American honors (Matilda Castren in 2014, Salinas in 2011 and 2013), earned nine All-ACC selections (Salinas in 2011 and 2012, Jessica Negron in 2013, Castren in 2014 and 2016, Alex Milan in 2014, Lydia Gumm in 2015 and Kim Metraux in 2016) and had 16 players earn All-ACC Academic honors.

As a player Bond earned a spot on the ACC’s 50th Anniversary team, as an assistant coach she helped the Seminoles to three NCAA Tournament appearances.  As Florida State’s head coach she has led the Seminoles to six NCAA Championship appearances in her first six years as the head coach of the Seminoles.

Throughout her playing career at Florida State, she played as one of the Seminoles’ top players (she was named Florida State’s team MVP in 1997, 1998 and 1999), played with a number of touring professionals (including LPGA major winner and current Golf Channel analyst Karen Stupples) and has coached many of Florida State’s recent greats including the only four-time golf All-American in school history (Caroline Westrup).  While achieving success during her career as a player and a coach, Bond has never lost sight of her ultimate goal: the success and achievements of her student-athletes.

In her 11 seasons as a Seminole coach (five as an assistant and six as the head coach), every student-athlete who has played golf at Florida State has earned her bachelor’s degree and every one played on at least two NCAA Tournament teams during their careers.  The Seminoles are among the NCAA leaders with a perfect APR rating during the first six seasons of Bond’s head coaching tenure at Florida State.

Amy Bond joined the long and illustrious list of Florida State alumni who have returned to coach their alma mater when she was named the Seminoles’ head coach on June 25, 2010. She returned to her Seminole roots after an outstanding playing career at Florida State (1995-99) during which she finished in 30th place in the 1999 NCAA Championship Finals and a five-year career as an assistant coach (2001-06) when she helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Championships three times. Bond is one of three Florida State University alumni who are current head coaches at their alma mater joining Jennifer Hyde (women’s tennis) and Mike Martin (baseball).

Florida State head coach Amy Bond has guided each of her first six Seminole teams to the NCAA Tournament.  Including her four years as a Seminole player (1996-99), her five years as a Seminole assistant coach (2002-06) and five as Florida State’s head coach, Bond has participated in 13 of 15 NCAA Regional Championships while wearing the Garnet and Gold.  The Seminoles will look to play in their school record 12th consecutive NCAA Championship Tournament in 2017.

Florida State finished the 2015-16 season ranked 19th nationally by Golfstat, 24th nationally by Golfweek, finished 15th nationally in the NCAA Division I Championship Finals, finished in second at the NCAA Division I Shoal Creek Regional, won team championships in the fall 2015 Jacksonville Classic and the spring 2016 Florida State Match-Up, finished in the top five of nine of its 13 matches, had two players earn NCAA Shoal Creek All-Region honors (Matilda Castren and Kim Metraux) and had two players earn All-ACC honors (Castren and Kim Metraux).  Academically, the Seminoles had each member of its team named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll, saw four players named to the ACC All-Academic Women’s Golf Team (Castren, Lydia Gumm, Kim and Morgane Metraux) and had two players (Kim and Morgane Metraux) named to the WGCA All-American Scholar Athlete team.

Amy Bond led Florida State to its ninth consecutive NCAA Regional Championship, to the team championship at the Landing Intercollegiate, had one player earn All-American honors (Matilda Castren), and had two players earn All-ACC honors (Castren and Alex Milan) in 2014.  In earning All-ACC honors, Castren established a school record for low stroke average in a single season with her 71.83 scoring mark. Florida State’s team victory at the Landing Intercollegiate was the first team championship by the Seminoles since the 2010 season when it won the Bryan National Collegiate championship.

Bond’s passion for growing the game of golf has increased her desire to plan and host large-scale tournaments at Florida State.  She hosted the NCAA East Regional Championship in 2014, a 24-team event that showcased the best in women’s collegiate golf for the first time in school history.  Bond will play host to the fifth Annual Florida State Match-Up in February of 2016 as she continues to attract high level competition to the city of Tallahassee on an annual basis.  Bond and the Seminoles will host the NCAA Tallahassee Regional in 2018.

Bond was successful in her first head coaching position at Princeton (2006-10) as she guided the Tigers to eight tournament victories and top four finishes in four Ivy League championship tournaments. The Tigers finished in second place in the Ivy league championship in 2007. Bond coached Susannah Aboff to consecutive Ivy League individual championships in 2008 and 2009.  It marked only the third time in league history that a player had won consecutive individual conference championships. Aboff earned All-Ivy League honors three times during her career in becoming just the second player in school history to be named to the all-league team three times in her career. During her four seasons at Princeton, only the Tigers and Harvard performed consistently well in the conference championship by finishing in the top four of the team championship from 2007-10.

During her first six seasons as the head coach at Florida State, she has continued the tradition of recruiting talented players and outstanding student-athletes to Tallahassee.  Her list of top recruits includes Matilda Castren, who earned All-American Second Team Honors in 2014, and four players who have been named to the WGCA All-America Scholar Athlete team.  Kim and Morgane Metraux, two of the top rising amateur players in the world, were also recruited by Bond to attend Florida State.  In five years as an assistant coach at Florida State, Bond helped recruit four players who earned All-ACC honors a total of eight times and formed the nucleus of two top 20 ranked teams. The Seminoles finished in a tie for 16th nationally in 2006 and in a tie for 19th nationally in 2004. She was also instrumental in recruiting Caroline Westrup – the only four-time All-American and four-time All-ACC selection in school history.

During her four seasons at Princeton, Bond coached/recruited two players (Susannah Aboff and Kelly Shon) who qualified to play in at least one NCAA Regional Championship each and five players who earned All-Ivy League honors a total of 11 times. Aboff won eight individual tournament championships during her career and finished in a tie for 23rd place at the NCAA East Regional Championship in 2009 – the third highest NCAA regional finish in school history. Shon played in the 2011 and 2012 US Women’s Open and was ranked No. 4 nationally among junior golfers at the time she was recruited.  She is still the highest ranked junior recruit to ever attend an Ivy League institution.  Shon earned All-American Honorable Mention Honors from the Women’s Golf Coaches’ Association in 2013, played in the 2013 NCAA East Regional Championship and the 2013 NCAA National Championship, was named the Ivy League Golfer of the Year and won Ivy League Championship in 2013.

Bond has recruited and coached seven players who have played, or who are currently playing professional golf. She recruited and coached Kristin Tamulis (Florida State) who is currently playing on the LPGA Tour. She also recruited and coached four-time All-American Caroline Westrup (Florida State) who earned her LPGA Tour Card for the 2014 season (and who played in the 2013 U.S. Open), another who is playing on the LPGA Tour (Lacey Agnew), two who earned success on the Symetra Tour (Jaclyn Burch and Macarena Silva), one who is playing on the Symetra Tour (Alex Milan), one (Maria Salinas) on the European Tour and three players (Susannah Aboff, Marlowe Boukis and Michelle Grilli) who began their professional careers on the LPGA Symetra Tour.

Bond and the Seminoles were well represented at the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack Golf Club with four of the top players in the history of the program – Karen Stupples, Kristin Tamulis, Macarena Silva and Caroline Westrup – all playing in the event.  Prior to the event, Bond said of the one of the greats foursomes in program history: “This is a great week for each of the four players and for the Florida State women’s golf program.  To have four of our players in the U.S. Open in the same year is exciting and illustrates the rich tradition of our program.  I am very happy for Karen, who I have known for so many years and for Kris, Maca and Caroline who I had the good fortune of coaching during their careers at Florida State.  Playing in the U.S. Open is an awesome accomplishment for all of them and I couldn’t be happier for all of them.”

Bond is the immediate past President of the Women’s Golf Coaches Association; she served as the President of the organization from 2013-16.  She has served in a number of positions on the national governing board after serving the organization as its treasurer beginning in 2008.  Bond began on the WGCA Board as its treasurer (2008-12), served as its vice president (2012-13) and then as its President (2013-16).  The WGCA was formed in 1983 as an organization to promote participation in women’s collegiate golf. The vision of WGCA since its inception has been to encourage the playing of intercollegiate golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition.

Academic success is the cornerstone of Florida State’s program under Amy Bond.  In 2016, every member (10) of the Seminole women’s golf team was named to the ACC Honor Roll, four players were named to the All-ACC Academic team and two were named All-American Scholar Athletes by the WGCA.  The women’s golf team earned the highest grade point average (3.591) of the Seminoles’ 22 athletics team in 2016.  During Bond’s first six seasons as Florida State’s head coach, the Seminoles have totaled 42 ACC Honor Roll selections, 20 players have been named to the All-ACC Academic team and six players have been named to the All-American Scholar team.  The Seminoles’ individual success has certainly translated into team success during Bond’s head coaching tenure at Florida State.  The Seminoles team was lauded by the NCAA for attaining a perfect multi-year Academic Performance Rate score of 1000 for the latest measuring period in 2014-15.  The Florida State women’s golf team has achieved a perfect APR in each of Bond’s season as Florida State’s head coach.  Calculated over the four most recent years of data, the multi-year APR is a real-time measurement of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing in every NCAA Division I sports team. Bond developed her academic achievement philosophy as a player at Florida State as she was named an Academic All-American in 1998 and 1999 and earned ACC Academic Honor Roll accolades three times during her playing career (1996, 98, 99). Bond’s teams in both 2015 and 2016 were presented with the Golden Torch at Florida State’s annual Black Tie student-athlete gala for the team with the highest GPA.  Bond’s 2015 team finished the 2015 spring semester with 12 players earning a 3.0 grade point average or higher.  The women’s golf team was the only team at Florida State to accomplish that feat during the spring 2015 academic semester.  The Seminoles’ earned a cumulative GPA of 3.591 during the 2015-16 fall and spring semesters.

Bond was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary team in 2002 along with Seminole greats Karen Stupples and Louise Wright. Bond was a 1998 All-ACC selection and the Seminoles’ top player from 1996-99. She earned 10 top-10 finishes during her career and was named the Seminoles’ Most Valuable Player each year during her career. Bond competed in the NCAA Championship tournament in 1999 and played in three NCAA regional tournaments while finishing in the top 20 in four consecutive ACC Championship tournaments. She was an All Region selection in 1999 and was the medalist at the 1998 Ryder/Florida State Championship tournament.

The Seminoles women’s golf team has won 13 of the last 15 Athletic Director’s Cups for Service at Florida State’s annual Golden Nole Banquet.  The Athletic Director’s Cup for Service is presented annually and is the most prestigious award given to the Seminole student-athletes. It goes to the team that contributes the most service hours to the community over the course of an entire year. The Seminoles won the Athletic Director’s Cup for Service in each of Bond’s five years as an assistant coach and in four of her first six seasons as the Seminoles’ head coach.

An Ocala, Fla., native, Bond earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Florida State in 1997 before earning her master’s degree in sport administration from Florida State in 1999.  Bond’s twin brother, Tommy, is the Director of Athletics and head baseball coach at Trinity Catholic in Ocala, Fla.  Tommy led Trinity Catholic to the 4A state championship in 2014. 

Prefessional Players
Lacey AgnewLPGA/LPGA Symetra Tour
Alex MilanLPGA Symetra Tour
Kelly ShonLPGA Tour
Macarena SilvaLPGA Symetra Tour
Caroline WestrupLPGA/LPGA Symetra/European
Maia Salinas2011, 2012
Matilda Castren2014
Regional Champions
Maria Salins2012 (Central Regional)
Jessica Negron2011 (East), 2013 (West)
Maria Salinas2012 (Central)
Morgane Metraux2015 San Antonio Regional
Matilda Castren2016 Shaol Creek Regional
Kim Metraux2016 Shaol Creek Regional
Maria Salina2011, 2012
Jessica Negron2013
Matilsa Castren2014, 2016
Alex Milan2014
Lydia Gumm2015
Kim Metraux2016
Ivy League Golf of the Year
Susannah Aboff2008, 2009
Kelly Shon2013, 2014
Susannah Aboff2007, 2008, 2009
Marlowe Boukis2009
Sharla Cloutier2007
Anna Jang2010
WGCA Scholar Athlete
Laure Castelain2014
Kayla Jones2015
Kim Metraux2015
Morgane Metraux2015
All-ACC Academic Honor Roll
Maria Salinas2011, 2012
Macarena Silva2011
Hannah Thomson2012
Laure Castelain2012,2013, 2014, 2015
Malin Jansson2013
Calrton Kuhlo2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Alex Milan2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Jessica Negron2013
Mary Beth Ramsay2013
Kayla Bloor2014, 2015, 2016
Anna Sophia Bohmer2014, 2015, 2106
Matilda Castren2015, 2016
Lydia Gumm2014, 2015, 2016
Kayla Jones2015, 2016
Kim Metraux2015, 2016
Morgane Metraux2015, 2016
Lexi Flerlage2016
Dominika Gradecka2016
All-ACC Academic Team
Maria Salinas2011, 2012
Macarena Silva2011
Hannah Thomson2011, 2012
Laure Castelain2012, 2013, 2014
Olivia Hullert2013
Carlton Kuhlo2013, 2014
Alex Milan2014, 2015
Matilda Castren2015, 2016
Lydia Gumm2015, 2016
Kayla Jones2015
Kim Metraux2015, 2016
Morgane Metraux2015, 2016
Conference Champions
Susannah Aboff2008, 2009 (Ivy League, Princeton)
Kelly Shon203 (Ivy League, Princeton)
NCAA Regional Qualifiers
Susannah Aboff2009 (Princeton)
Kelly Shon2013 (Princeton)
NCAA Ntional Qualifiers
Jessica Negron2011
Maria Salinas2012
Tournment Victories
Princeton Invitational2007, 2008 (at Princeton)
Yale Fall Intercollegiate2007 (at Princeton)
Hoya Invitational2007, 2008 (at Princeton)
Nittany Lion Invitational2008 (at Princeton)
ECAC Championships2009 (at Princeton)
Roar-EE Invitational2009 (at Princeton) Landing Intercollegiate2014 (at Florida State)
Jacksonville Classic2016 (at Florida State)
Florida State Match-Up2016 (at Florida State)
Schooner Fall Classic2017 (at Florida State)
Jim West Challenge2017 (at Florida State)
Cardinal Cup2017 (at Florida State)
Florida State Match-Up2017 (at Florida State)