Coach Bona has had an outstanding career as both a coach and an administrator. Based on his 72% winning record (606 wins & 248 losses), he was inducted into the Atlanta Tip-Off Club of Georgia's Winningest Basketball Coaches in 1998. He has been named either Regional or State Women's Basketball Coach of the Year twenty-eight times during his coaching career at Emmanuel. In 1991 he was voted by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association as the Converse Junior College Women's National Coach of the Year. He has coached Women's Basketball here for a total of 26 years having started the program back in 1980. As an Athletics Director he has been instrumental in the progression of the athletic program from a two year college with just a few sports teams to a full blown four year athletic program with several teams and joining the Southern States Athletic Conference of the NAIA. Coach Bona was selected by the Conference as Athletic Director of the year in 2002.
He has been an Athletic Director, Basketball Coach, or both at Emmanuel College for over 37 years.
Coach Bona is a graduate of Emmanuel College (AA degree), Belmont Abbey College (BS degree) and Georgia State University (MA in Physical Education). He is married to his wife Gloria who is a retired public school administrator/teacher and is the cheer coach here at Emmanuel College. They have two sons, Eric and Kyle.