Bonnie Bynum Graham enters her fourth season as head coach of the Tennessee Tech softball team, leading the Golden Eagles to a 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title (seventh title in program history), the program’s 21st all-time OVC Tournament appearance and third straight under Bynum. Tech posted a 15-11 conference record in Bynum’s third season at the helm, going 33-28 overall on the season.
The Golden Eagles had a stellar 2015 season, highlighted by an OVC Tournament title and making the team’s first NCAA appearance since 2007. Tech rolled off an impressive 8-2 victory over Chattanooga (35-14) for Tech’s first win in the NCAA Tournament since a 3-1 nod over California back in 2007. The win that featured TTU runs in five of the seven innings kept the season alive, before the magical run finally concluded with a 9-3 loss to South Alabama (40-12) to tie a ribbon on the 2015 season.
The Golden Eagles went undefeated in the conference tournament, becoming the first Tech squad to run the table in the OVC tourney since 2006. The club also enjoyed its best conference record, and most wins in a season since the 2007 campaign.
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, the Fayetteville, Ga. native returned in May, 2012 to her alma mater as assistant coach after five seasons on the Western Kentucky University softball coaching staff.
She worked the previous 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.