By Zach Baker
Bill Bonham had always said Columbian would be his last high school coaching job.
But after one season with the Tornadoes, an opportunity at another level came up.
Bonham has resigned as TC's volleyball coach to become recruiting coordinator for Tiffin University's program. The position is volunteer for now.
"Basically, it just comes down to opportunity and the chance build my resume and do something I never knew if I'd have the chance to do, and that's coach at the college level," Bonham said.
The coach said that first he had hoped to remain as TC coach.
"Initially, we thought I'd be able to do both," Bonham said. "But I'm also looking at taking some classes at TU, and time commitment-wise there's not enough hours in the day to do that."
The mentor will work on TU coach Dana Cordova's staff to bring area players to the Dragons. A board member of the Ohio Volleyball Coaches Association, Bonham has connections with a number of other coaches.
Bonham said he had thought he'd be at Columbian - where he graduated - for a long time.
"My intentions were to stay," he said. "I always said I wanted to come back to Tiffin and coach; the goals were to become a league contender."
Columbian Athletic Director Derek Lewis said the program is in a good spot.
"We got some things moving in the right direction," Lewis said. "We've got a lot of girls who love volleyball, find somebody who wants to be at Columbian high school and take our program to the next level."
In his one season at Columbian, Bonham led the Tornadoes to a 15-10 season where they advanced to the Division II district finals. Prior to that, Bonham coached Buckeye Central for four seasons. In his last year there - 2012 - he led the Bucks to the Division IV state semifinals. He also coached for two seasons at Fremont Ross, and has had involvement in the Black Swamp youth volleyball program dating back to its beginning.
But now, Bonham is taking on a new challenge, and a new level.
"I've been dreaming of it for a long time," he said of working at the collegiate level. "Dana is trusting me and [TU Athletic Director] Lonny Allen is trusting me to show what I can do.
"I don't want to turn down that chance."