Head Coach Chad Bodnar
After an inaugural 2014 campaign that included a five-win turnaround and returning EWU to the Big Sky Conference Championship, Chad Bodnar completed his third season as Head Coach of the Eastern Washington University women's soccer program. The 2015 season saw EWU break numerous program records and finish a program best 12-4-3 overall. The 2015 record breaking campaign will go down as the best in school history. The Eagles set new single-season records for overall victories (12) victories (12), Big Sky Conference wins (6) and longest winning streak (8) while scoring a program-record 34 goals in 19 matches. The Eagles also saw sophomore Chloe Williams become the first player in program history to earn Big Sky Offensive MVP honors. She was also a First Team All-Big Sky pick while four other players collected Second Team All-Big Sky accolades. Sophomores M’Kenna Hayes, Savanna Hoekstra, Laci Rennaker and freshman Jenny Chavez was were recognized as Second Team All-Big Sky Honorees.
Bodnar's first season saw the Eagles win eight matches, good for the second-most in program history. Eastern was picked to finish 10th in the Big Sky Preseason Poll at the start of the year but went on to win five conference contests, setting a record for most league wins in a season, and finish sixth in the conference standings. EWU's impressive season concluded with a return to the Big Sky Championship after a five-year absence.
Unter Bodnar's tutelage, freshman Chloe Williams earned First Team All-Big Sky honors while five other Eagles landed spots on the all-conference team.
Bodnar brought an attacking mentality with him to Cheney, resulting in 27 goals during the 2014 season, good for the second-most all-time. EWU's 2014 squad tied the program record for most goals in a single match with five coming against Weber State on Sept. 28, and found the back of the net in 10 straight matches to open the season, also a program record.
Bodnar was tabbed as the third head coach in the history of the program, back on Monday, Dec. 23. He replaced 14-year head coach George Hageage, who stepped down at the conclusion of the 2013 season.
Having turned Walla Walla Community College into a regional powerhouse, Chad Bodnar has been tabbed as the third head coach in the history of the Eastern Washington women's soccer program, Director of Athletics Bill Chaves announced Monday, Dec. 23.
Bodnar replaces 14-year head coach George Hageage, who stepped down at the conclusion of last season.
"We are excited to have Coach Bodnar join our Eagle family," said Chaves. "Chad's record and accomplishments at Walla Walla over the past 10 years have been tremendously impressive. His familiarity with the state of Washington and the Northwest region was quite attractive to us knowing that it will allow him to hit the ground sprinting in recruiting."
"I'd like to thank Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, Bill Chaves, Don Ross and the search committee for giving me the opportunity to be the next head coach of Eastern Washington's women's soccer program," Bodnar said. "Eastern Washington is a great university, and I am extremely confident we will do great things."
As the head coach of Walla Walla CC's women's soccer program for the last 10 seasons, Bodnar has directed the Warriors to a 210-15-11 record in that span, winning three Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championships and nine East Region titles.
The Warriors reeled off unbeaten streaks of 26 matches and 24 matches, respectively, during his tenure with the program. Walla Walla CC never lost more than five matches in a single season under Bodnar, winning at least 20 matches in eight of his 10 seasons. The Warriors went undefeated for the first time in program history in 2010, finishing with a 20-0-2 mark an route to its second consecutive NCWAACC title. They followed that up with another unbeaten mark in 2011, winning their third straight conference championship with a record of 23-0-1.
Walla Walla CC has appeared in the NWAACC Tournament championship game in nine of Bodnar's 10 years at the helm. He was named the East Region Coach of the Year five times and received NWAACC Coach of the Year honors three times.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity of developing a winning tradition at Eastern Washington," Bodnar said. "It all starts with recruiting, and I think the Cheney and Spokane area has a lot to offer. At the end of the day, our goal is to become competitive as quickly as possible, and I will begin pursuing the best players in the region right away."
Bodnar has also served as the head coach of Walla Walla CC's men's soccer program, placing over 30 players combined into NCAA Division I schools during his time. Seven of his former players finished their collegiate careers at Eastern, four of which earned All-Big Sky honors. As head of the Warriors' men's program, Bodnar led Walla Walla CC to its first-ever NWAACC title in 2008 and was the East Region champion last year.
Since 20007, Bodnar has been the director of the Three Rivers Soccer Club in 2007, leading the club to unpredented success and a membership into the Regional Club League.
Bodnar worked as an assistant with Walla Walla CC's women's program during the 2001 season in which the Warriors were NWAACC Tournament finalists. He then joined the Boise Capitals Soccer Club in Idaho as a youth director before rejoining the Warriors in 2003. Bodnar was also the head coach of the Idaho Olympic Development program, organizing and carrying out training sessions and coaching courses.
Prior to his appointment with Walla Walla CC, Bodnar experienced success as the head coach of the Pasco High School boys program in the Big Nine Conference. The Bulldogs qualified for the state tournament during his two seasons and finished the 2005 season as Washington State finalists after winning the East Regional Tournament and Big Nine Conference title. Bodnar received All-Region Coach of the Year honors by the Tri-City Herald following the 2005 campaign.
Bodnar played four years of collegiate soccer at Wisconsin-Green Bay, twice earning Midwest Collegiate Conference honors. Bodnar was a three-year team captain and was the team's MVP following the 1998 season. Upon completion of his eligibility, Bodnar played professionally for the Stanislaus United Cruisers in the Western Conference USSL League in California, as well as for the Yakima Reds in the PDL League in Washington.
Bodnar graduated from Washington State in 2003 with a degree in humanities. He holds a USSF A license and NSCAA Premier Diploma.
He and his wife, Lindsay, have twin daughters, Brodi and Jaxi, and currently reside in Pasco, Wash.
Assistant Coach Max Weber
Max Weber joined the Eastern Washington University soccer program as its top assistant coach in March 2014. Weber is entering his 10th season as Coach Bodnar’s assistant. He spent 6 years at Walla Walla Community College as Bodnar’s assistant and will enter his third season at EWU in the Fall of 2016.
Weber has been a part of two record breaking seasons at EWU. The inaugural 2014 campaign that included a five-win turnaround and returning EWU to the Big Sky Conference Championship after a five year absence. The 2015 season saw EWU break numerous program records and finish a program best 12-4-3 overall. The 2015 record breaking campaign will go down as the best in school history. The Eagles set new single-season records for overall victories (12) victories (12), Big Sky Conference wins (6) and longest winning streak (8) while scoring a program-record 34 goals in 19 matches. The Eagles also saw sophomore Chloe Williams become the first player in program history to earn Big Sky Offensive MVP honors. She was also a First Team All-Big Sky pick while four other players collected Second Team All-Big Sky accolades. Sophomores M’Kenna Hayes, Savanna Hoekstra, Laci Rennaker and freshman Jenny Chavez was were recognized as Second Team All-Big Sky Honorees. Furthermore, 18 women’s soccer players were chosen as Big Sky All-Academic Team.
In two seasons the coaching staff has produced 10 All Big-Sky honorees.
Weber will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of EWU Soccer, as well as on-field coaching.
"Max has been a very loyal and hardworking individual for me, first as a player and then as a coach," Bodnar said. "He knows the region and recruiting very well, and has become very well connected throughout the Northwest soccer community over the last few years. I am very excited that Max and his wife, Alysse, have decided to come to Cheney and I look forward to continuing to work with Max."
Weber spent the past six seasons as Bodnar's top assistant at Walla Walla Community College, helping the Warriors win four NWAACC championships and a combined 10 East Region titles with the men's and women's soccer programs.
Prior to his coaching career, Weber had a very successful playing career at both Walla Walla CC and Whitman College. A team captain at both stops, Weber earned academic all-conference honors in each of his four collegiate seasons. He was a two-year starter for WWCC and led the men's team to a second place finish in the 2005 NWAACC Championship.
Weber finished his collegiate career at Whitman College, captaining the team and leading them to one of its best finishes in school history. In his senior season at Whitman, Weber received the R.V. Borleske Trophy, given annually to the school's top male athlete.
Weber currently holds a USSF "B" License and has been the Three Rivers Soccer Club Assistant Director of Coaching for the women's program.
Weber and his wife, Alysse, currently reside in Walla Walla.
Goalkeeper Coach Rich Cullen
Rich Cullen will join the Eastern Washington women's soccer program as goalkeeper coach for the 2014 season, head coach Chad Bodnar announced Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Cullen graduated from Mead High School in Spokane and currently runs the Washington Goalkeeping Academy in the Spokane Valley.
"I've known Rich since we were young kids playing club soccer and spending time together as family friends," Bodnar said. "Both of our fathers were actually athletes at EWU and were always close. I was very excited to hear Rich was in the area and interested in helping our program. He is a fantastic individual and has an incredible playing background. His expertise will definitely add to what we can offer our goalkeepers here and I look forward to having him start with us this spring."
Cullen was a four-year letter winner at Air Force, earning all-conference honors three times. After graduation from Air Force, he was selected by the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer in the 2000 MLS Super Draft, spending a year as a developmental player in the back-up role.
Following his one season in Colorado, Cullen went on to play for the Seattle Sounders, who were members of the United Soccer League First Division at the time. He served as the team's back-up goalkeeper from 2001-02 before starting the 2003 season, leading the Sounders to the league semifinals while earning all-league honors.
Cullen returned to the Air Force Academy in 2003, serving as an assistant coach for the Falcons' men's soccer program. He relocated to Spokane in 2007 and has spent time coaching at the youth, club and collegiate levels since.
He and his wife, Tamara, currently live in Spokane with their four children, Mercedes, Charlotte, Nora and Sylvia.