Hometown: REDMOND, WA
BONNIE.WHARTON@eastsidefc.org

Bonnie is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. She began playing soccer at Marymoor Park, as a forward for the Redmond Raccoons. As her playing career advanced, she commuted to Tacoma to play for Team Adidas with and against future national team greats from the Seattle area. In 1983, Bonnie was named to the first US Youth National Team. She played college soccer for the University of Washington before women's soccer was a full varsity sport. She and her teammates drove themselves up and down the West Coast beating teams such as Stanford, Santa Clara, Cal, Portland, and Washington State. Bonnie enjoyed a successful playing career after college as well, including appearances in the two women’s national championships.

A club and state level coach for more than 25 years, Bonnie has helped develop players who have gone on to play at collegiate programs across the country. She has a keen eye for the technical and tactical aspects of the game. Her emphasis on positive player development and attention to detail ensures her players get the most out of their playing careers. Bonnie holds a USSF B coaching license.

Bonnie came to Eastside FC after she and her family returned from four years living in Finland and Connecticut in 2010. Her son, Kieran, was a member of the ’99 Red team, and her daughter Reece played on the ’01 Red team. Reece is currently playing for Whitman College in Walla Walla. You may find Bonnie’s husband David, who is also a coach, on the sidelines with her from time to time. She continues to tolerate him despite his being a goalkeeper.