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Bonda leaving soccer team

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Lady Warriors head coach to focus on family

By Robert Howey

Indian Land High School girls soccer coach Mark Bonda, who has built the Lady Warriors into a Class AAA state power, will leave his post after 12 seasons leading the program.
Bonda, 36, has announced his resignation as the Lady Warriors’ soccer coach.
Bonda, and his wife Lisa had a daughter, Harlow, earlier this year, and he wants to devote more time to his family.
“This January, I started my dream job and want to be fully invested in that effort of being a parent,” Bonda said. “After all these years (13) of preaching the importance of God, family and school to my players, it is now time to follow the same advice.
“My family and wife have made many sacrifices for me to pursue coaching, and it is time for me to make those same sacrifices. This has been such a rewarding experience and I wouldn’t change a thing during my 13 years.”
Bonda has been with the ILHS girls soccer program for 13 years, 12 as head coach.
As the Lady Warriors head coach, Bonda has fashioned a 176-72-8 mark with a Class AAA state title in 2017 and two Class AAA Upper State crowns.
The 2017 Lady Warriors’ state championship, decided in overtime on penalty kicks in a thrilling win over Brookland Cayce, gave ILHS its first-ever state crown in soccer.
Bonda has also won 11 region championships and never had a losing season.
“It’s been a great run,” Bonda said. “It has been a fun experience.
We’ve been able to build our program and produce better kids, but it’s time for me to be home. I want to be there with my wife and we plan on having more children.”
Bonda, who teaches building construction at ILHS, will continue his teaching duties.
“I look forward to continue teaching at ILHS and improving the building construction program,” he said.
Bonda is confident the Lady Warriors will continue to experience success.
“The program is surrounded by great players, parents and community members and I know it will continue to flourish,” he said.
Bonda said he won’t rule out a return to coaching down the road, but on a different level.
“You might find me on a youth soccer field at some point down the road,” he said.
Bonda also announced that Lady Warriors assistant soccer coach Josh Burgess is also stepping away from the ILHS team after 10 years.
“Josh has added another little one to his family,” Bonda said. “I would like to thank Josh for the tremendous job he has done with our kids and program.
“He is an exceptional leader, role model and soccer coach,” Bonda said. “We could not have reached the accomplishments we have without his guidance.”
Bonda said he’s also grateful for ILHS assistants Greg Boney and Kellie Stinchcomb.
“I appreciate all their hard work and dedication to our program as well,” Bonda said.
Bonda said his departure from coaching is effective with the Lady Warriors team banquet May 14.