Hall of Fame – Susan Bonner (2016)

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Susan Bonner

Hillcrest High School, Oak Forest High School
Inducted 2016


Susan Bonner has been a member of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association for the past 12 years.  In that time frame, Susan earned her CAA and for 6 years served on the IADA Executive Board as the Public Relations Director.Previous to her 26 years in athletic administration at Oak Forest High School, Susan taught and was the head coach in girls’ basketball, track and field, cross country and volleyball at Hillcrest H.S.  From 1986-2003, she became the Assistant Athletic Director and girls’ head basketball coach for Oak Forest High School. While Asst. A.D., she was involved in three IHSA committees: Basketball Sportsmanship, Basketball Advisory and Badminton Advisory. From 2003 to 2012, she served as the Athletic Director. During this time, she was one of the pioneers in establishing the South Suburban Conference and the SSC Handbook. A SSC all-sport trophy was established and Oak Forest won the President’s Cup three years, 2008-2010, during Sue’s tenure. Also, she saw her softball team win a state title in 2009, baseball place 2nd in 2012 and cheerleading earn two 3rd and a 2nd place state trophy. In 2012, Susan was inducted into the IBCA Basketball Hall of FameLisa Wunar, Hillcrest Athletic Director, remembers the work of Susan and said “Susan set the bar for organization, expectations and sportsmanship.  When one competed against Oak Forest, one could count on a positive experience.  Susan coordinated every event with precision and hospitality.  Guests were treated like family.”Susan’s extensive knowledge of high school athletics and her dedication to the IADA are a few of the many reasons that led Susan to this selection as a member of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame.