Bonnie Bynum is into her third season as head coach of the Tennessee Tech softball team, leading the Golden Eagles to another Ohio Valley Conference Tournament appearance in 2014, the program’s 20th all-time and second straight under Bynum. Tech posted a 15-12 conference record in Bynum’s second season at the helm, going 13-3 in the team’s final 16 games to close out the year.
The Golden Eagles put together a promising run in the 2014 OVC Tournament after losing its opener against SIU Edwardsville, winning back-to-back games while facing elimination, including a dramatic sixth inning comeback against the No. 1 team in the tourney, Jacksonville State, that saw Tech turn a 3-0 deficit into an eventual 6-3 win.
Tennessee Tech was denied a chance to continue its run in the OVC Tournament when relentless rain showers forced league officials to cancel the consolation bracket of the eight-team tournament and wrap up the year for the Golden Eagles.
Bynum was named Tennessee Tech’s softball team’s head coach on January 17, 2013, replacing Tory Acheson who resigned following 14 seasons at the Golden Eagle helm.
The most successful pitcher in Ohio Valley Conference history, Bynum returned in May to her alma mater as assistant coach after five seasons on the Western Kentucky University softball coaching staff.
She worked the past five seasons with the pitching staff at WKU, culminating in all-region and all-Sun Belt Conference honors for the team’s ace.
Bynum currently holds every OVC pitching record except one (which is held by another former Tech pitcher), and was twice named as Tech’s Outstanding Female Athlete. A two-time OVC Pitcher of the Year in 2006 and 2007, she was a three-time first-team all-OVC selection. She also won three consecutive OVC Tournament MVP honors.
As a junior, she was named the Outstanding Female Athlete for the entire OVC. In the circle for Tech, she was a four-year letterwinner and starter under Acheson. She posted a school and OVC-record 103 career victories including 34 wins as a senior in 2007.
All told, she appeared in 193 games, throwing 1,021 strikeouts and six no-hitters. She finished '07 ranked seventh nationally in victories. During her senior year, she posted a 1.50 earned run average, throwing 33 complete games and 11 shutouts while pitching over 300 innings.
She is a native of Fayetteville, Ga., and graduated from Tech in 2007 with a degree in business management.