Jeremy Bonomo was named the head coach of the Green Bay men’s soccer program on Dec. 28, 2014, Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie proudly announced. Bonomo, who served as a top assistant at the University of Cincinnati from 2010-2014, brought five years of coaching experience as an assistant coach at the top Division I level and three years as a head coach at the Division II level.
His first season with the Phoenix offered stability and glimpses of what the future holds for the men’s soccer program.
The 2015 season provided Green Bay with the longest unbeaten streak since 2011, the highest conference finish since 2011, the fewest goals allowed since 2010, and numerous notable wins.
The first feather in his staff’s cap came in his first home game at Aldo Santaga Stadium on Aug. 30, 2015, when Green Bay defeated the Drake Bulldogs by a final score of 1-0. The Bulldogs would go on to become a NCAA Tournament participant.
Later in the season, perhaps most importantly, the Phoenix was able to defeat two of its in-state rivals, both in comeback fashion against the University of Wisconsin on Sept. 30 (W, 3-2) and in dominating fashion against Milwaukee on Oct. 14 (W, 2-0) to retain the Chancellor’s Cup. It marked its first undefeated season against those two programs since 2010.
Bonomo displayed a proven ability to recruit while at Cincinnati, securing six top-100 recruits, five high school All-Americans and one junior college All-American, two state players of the year and two members of youth national teams. Bonomo played a vital role in developing the 2011 recruiting class for the Bearcats, which was ranked 28th nationally. Additionally, Bonomo was responsible for recruiting six of TopDrawerSoccer.com's Top 100 Freshmen throughout his stint at UC.
Most recently, three of Bonomo’s recruits inked contracts to play at the next level, two of which were chosen in the 2016 MLS Draft. Emmanuel Appiah was selected by the Colorado Rapids as the 15th overall pick and John Manga was also picked by the Colorado Rapids as the 63rd overall selection. In addition, Alejandro Garcia joined the Orlando City B of the United Soccer League.
Prior to his arrival at UC, Bonomo spent three seasons as the head coach at Assumption College. The Greyhounds held a 2-13-2 record before Bonomo's tenure began, but he finished his stint at Assumption with a 9-6-3 record in 2009 that included a final No. 10 ranking in the NSCAA East Regional Ranking. He developed seven all-conference, two all-region and one player of the year with the Greyhounds, while being named the conference’s Coach of the Year in 2009.
Bonomo began his career as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at New Hampshire College. In his final season, the Penmen advanced to the NE-10 Semifinals and the NCAA New England Regional.
Bonomo played collegiately at New Hampshire College, where he captained teams that posted a 62-14-10 record during his career that included three NCAA Tournaments, two NCAA quarterfinal appearances and the 2002 National Runner-Up. New Hampshire College also made four Northeast-10 Conference playoff appearances and earned two league championships.
In addition to playing soccer on the collegiate level, Bonomo was a member of the PDL's Cape Cod Crusaders' national champion team in 2003 and the USL's Western-Mass Pioneers in 2005.
Bonomo graduated from New Hampshire College cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2002 and received his master’s degree in business administration with a certificate in Operations Management from in 2006. He holds a United States Soccer Federation `A' License.
He will become the 10th head coach of the Green Bay men’s soccer program and will look to guide the Phoenix to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009. Green Bay hasn’t finished higher than seventh place in the Horizon League over the last three years, as Bonomo will seek to take the program to new heights.
Bonomo an Green Bay: “I’m excited and very proud to be the next head coach for the Green Bay men’s soccer program. I am looking forward to working with the players, administration and alumni as we strive to make the Phoenix a top conference program. In the not so distant past, this program was on top and that’s where we want to be once again. On behalf of my entire family, I want to thank Mary Ellen Gillespie for this wonderful opportunity.”
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT JEREMY BONOMO
“Jeremy is second to none in terms of talent identification and player development. He has an eye for what it takes to excel at the next level and that really makes him one of the best recruiters in the country. He carries himself the way a head coach should and that will only lead to success in his future. There is no doubt that he will excel as a head coach and leave his footprint on soccer. He is truly a pleasure to work with and has a strong moral compass.”
---Kevin Nylen, Scout for Orlando City SC
"Jeremy is one of the brightest young coaches in college soccer. He is a player's coach with a great eye for talent. At every stop in his career he has always been able to have success due to his ability to grind and get results. Looking forward to following his success at Green Bay."
---Mike Miller, Chief Domestic Scout, Sporting KC
“We are thrilled to welcome Jeremy and his family to Green Bay and into the Phoenix family. Jeremy is a match with the mission of Green Bay Athletics and the opportunities for taking our soccer program to the next level. He stood out quickly based on the profile we built for the head coach position and after a thorough and comprehensive search process, there is no doubt he is a perfect fit for this institution and our men’s soccer program.”
---Mary Ellen Gillespie, Director of Athletics
“Jeremy will do a great job at Green Bay. He is a quality coach, an excellent recruiter and will work tirelessly to rebuild the program.” --Hylton Dayes, Cincinnati men’s soccer head coach
“Jeremy is a tremendous addition to the Green Bay Phoenix staff. He is a talented recruiter and his previous head coaching experience shows his ability to build and lead a successful collegiate program. We look forward to seeing what he and the young men of our soccer team are able to accomplish both in the classroom and on the field.”
---Adam Miller, Assistant Athletics Director for Development and men’s soccer sport administrator.
“Jeremy is a great choice to be the next head coach for Green Bay men’s soccer. He will energize the current student-athletes, excite recruits and engage the alumni and community. I look forward to seeing Jeremy lead Green Bay back to the top of the Horizon League.”
---Tom Poitras, former Phoenix men’s soccer head coach and current University of Hartford head coach.