Birmingham-Southern hired Andy Bonasera as its head men's lacrosse coach in May 2007.
Bonasera spent the 2007-08 school year recruiting student-athletes, and his squad played its first season as a varsity team in 2008-09 as a full member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) and NCAA Division III.
In the 2012 season, Bonasera's fourth season, his team went 14-5 and won the SCAC championship, earning a bid to the NCAA tournament. The team had the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the nation in 2012, and the fourth-ranked overall goal scorer in the nation. His team beat Colorado College in the conference championship 9-5, beat Centre College in the conference semifinals 22-7, and lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Baltimore, Md., to the third-ranked team in the country, Stevenson University, 13-2.
Under Bonasera's guidance, the Panthers went 6-9 in their inaugural season in 2009, and went 7-8 in 2010, including a win over NCAA second-round tournament team Keene State. BSC also finished second in the SCAC that year. In 2011, BSC went 9-7 and lost in the conference championship game by two goals. Bonasera coached one of his attackmen - Matt Ivie - to SCAC Player of the Year honors in 2011 after he led the nation in goals per game (4.3).
Bonasera, a 2003 graduate of Roanoke College in Salem, Va., was previously the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at The College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati Ohio from August 2005 to May 2007, where started the team for its inaugural NCAA DIII season in 2007, garnering the program's first win on March 15, 2007.
Prior to working at Mount St. Joseph, Bonasera served as the assistant men's lacrosse coach at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., for two seasons, where he was the offensive coordinator for the team competing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). At RMC he helped coach multiple players to All-Conference honors, including the 2004 conference Rookie of the Year and the school's only All-American midfielder in the past 15 years in 2004.
Bonasera was a 2003 graduate of Roanoke College, where he received his Bachelor's in Business Administration. He was a four-year starting attackman for the Maroons and is the school's only four time All-American, earning Honorable Mention honors in 2000 and 2001, Third-Team honors in 2002, and First-Team honors as a senior in 2003. Bonasera is the school's only four-time first-team All-ODAC men's lacrosse player, and was also named the ODAC Player of the Year in 2003. He was voted team captain his senior year and finished his senior season as the school's all-time leading scorer with 264 points, which currently ranks second at RC. Bonasera was named Roanoke's Male Athlete of the Year in 2002 and 2003, and was chosen to participate in the 2003 North vs. South Senior All-Star game in which the South team won. Bonasera holds the Roanoke College freshman scoring record with 56 points (in 2000) and also holds the school and conference record for the most points in a game with 14 on eight goals and six assists in a game in 2001.
Bonasera is originally from Columbus, Ohio, where he was a 1999 graduate of Upper Arlington High School. He helped lead the Golden Bears to a 60-1 record over three years, winning two state championships, three Midwest Championship titles, and a national ranking of seventh in the country in 1998. His senior year he was a First-Team All-Ohio and All-Midwest selection and was also voted his team's offensive MVP.