Head Coach Chad Bodnar
Chad Bodnar was tabbed as the third head coach in the history of the Eastern Washington soccer program on Dec. 23, 2013 after spending 10 years as the head coach at Walla Walla Community College. In January 2017, Bodnar signed a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2020 season. The 2017 season will be his fourth in the program.
The contract extension comes after Bodnar led Eastern Washington to its first-ever Big Sky Tournament title in November following its best season in program history as the Eagles posted a 13-5-4 record. EWU captured the conference crown on Nov. 6 in Cheney with a win over Northern Arizona in penalty kicks to advance to the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament.
The Eagles faced No. 2-seed, and eventual National Champion, Southern Cal in the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament game back on Nov. 12 in Los Angeles. Despite the 3-1 loss, Eastern was able to make a strong showing in the Tournament, as they were the only one of two teams – eventual NCAA Runner-Up West Virginia being the other – to score on the Trojans during the Tournament.
Bodnar brought an offensive-mindset to Eastern Washington, that has produced 105 goals in 58 career caps. Nearly every offensive career, single-season and single-game record has been broken during his tenure with the Eagles.
Eastern has set single-season records for most wins (13; 2016), most Big Sky wins (6; 2015), longest unbeaten streak (10; 2016) and longest winning streak (8; 2015) under Bodnar. His 2016 squad set the single-season record for most goals scored with 44. The previous record had been 34 goals, set by his 2015 team. The Eagles win production has also improved every year under Bodnar, as he won eight games in 2014, 12 in 2015 and 13 in 2016.
Under Bodnar’s guidance, Eastern Washington has enjoyed three of their most successful seasons in program history, as the Eagles are 33-18-7 with Bodnar at the helm. He conducted a five-win turnaround in his inaugural campaign in 2014, as the team collected the third-most wins in program history (8), and he led the Eagles to their first Big Sky Tournament in five years. Bodnar followed that remarkable first season with an even better sophomore campaign, as his 2015 team set four program records, including a program-best 12 wins, and guided his team back into the Big Sky Tournament.
Bodnar led the Eagles to heights never before reached on the pitch at Eastern in 2015, as his team set then-program records for most wins (12), most Big Sky wins (6), longest winning streak (7) and goals scored (34).
In 2015, Bodnar produced the school’s first-ever Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year in Chloe Williams. Williams was named the conference’s top offensive player after tallying a school record 30 points and tying Brittany Sparks’ single-season record of 11 goals. Williams then repeated as Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year in 2016. The senior-to-be owns program records for most goals (32), assists (18), points (82) and shots (246).
Under Bodnar’s tutelage, Williams has earned three consecutive All-Big Sky first team honors, making her just the first player in program history to be named to the conference’s first team three times. In his three seasons, he has produced two Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year accolades, five All-Big Sky first team selections and six All-Big Sky second team nods. He also helped Eastern Washington place its first two players on the NSCAA All-Pacific Region team, as Williams and junior-to-be Jenny Chavez each earned the accolade.
In 2016, the Eagles had three first-team selections which ties a program record at Eastern, set back in 2009 when Brittany Boran, Chelsey Hannesson and Brittany Sparks were selected to the All-Big Sky first team.
The 2015 team got off to the best start in program history, as his Eagles stood at 10-1-1 after 12 games. In the midst of that hot start, EWU rolled off seven straight victories that spanned from Sept. 7 vs. Idaho and went all the way till Oct. 4 against Portland State. The seven-game winning streak is a program-best, and put the Eagles in contention for a Big Sky regular season title midway through the conference season.
The 2015 squad finished the regular season at 12-4-3 and 6-2-2 in Big Sky play. The 20 points in league play, along with the six Big Sky wins, were both program records. Bodnar guided the Eagles back into the Big Sky Tournament in 2015, marking the first time that the team has made back-to-back Big Sky Tournaments in 10 years.
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.
Bodnar brought an attacking mentality with him to Cheney, resulting in 61 goals, which is the most in a two-year span at Eastern Washington. His 2015 team scored a single-season record 34 goals, while his 2014 squad tallied 27 goals, which is the third-most in a single season at EWU. Eastern’s 2014 team 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.
As the head coach of Walla Walla CC's women's soccer program from 2003-2013, Bodnar directed the Warriors to a 210-15-11 record, 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 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.
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 2007, Bodnar has been the director of the Three Rivers Soccer Club in 2007, leading the club to unprecedented 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 is also the girl’s director of the Eastern Elite Player Development program. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for players all over eastern Washington an avenue to play at the state and regional levels.
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 brought over 10 years of college coaching experience to Eastern Washington University when he joined the program in March, 2014.
Entering his third season in Cheney in the 2016 school year, Weber looks to build upon a highly-successful first two years at Eastern Washington. During his second season at EWU, Weber helped the Eagles to a 12-4-3 overall record (best campaign in school history), breaking program records in total victories (12), Big Sky Conference wins (6) and consecutive matches won (8) while scoring a school-record 34 goals in 19 matches. The Eagles returned to the Big Sky Championships for the second consecutive year, for only the second time in program history. In addition, the Eagles had 18 players represented on the Big Sky All-Academic Team.
During his first season at EWU, Weber assisted the Eagles in winning 8 games (good for second-most in program history), 27 goals scored (second-most all-time), scoring in 10 straight matches(program record). The Eags won five conference games, setting the program record for conference wins in a season and a return to the Big Sky Championships after a five-year absence.
Weber is be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program, as well as on-field coaching.
Prior to his arrival in Cheney, Weber spent seven 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.
Before he began coaching, 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 was born and raised in Montana graduating in 2003 from Great Falls High School where he was team captain, All-State selection, and two-time All-Conference honoree.
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 Spokane.
Goalkeeper Coach Mallory Taylor
After wrapping up a standout two-year career for Eastern Washington, Mallory Taylor rejoined the Eagles as the Graduate Assistant Goalkeeper Coach in the fall of 2017.
"We are excited to have Mallory join our staff after an outstanding playing career here at EWU. Mallory is a proven leader on and off the field and an all around fantastic person," said head coach Chad Bodnar. "She will take over the goalkeeper training for us and will assist with some of the day-to-day operations for our program. Our players and staff are very lucky to keep Mallory around for another couple of years."
Taylor transferred from Hastings College prior to the 2015 season and made an immediate impact, starting all 19 matches in goal. That season, she recorded 85 saves which ranks ninth in program history for saves in a single season. She also set a program record for win percentage in a single season (.711).
En route to the program’s first Big Sky Tournament Championship in 2016, Taylor set a program record seven shutouts. She faced 215 shots and only allowed 23 goals the entire season and recorded a save percentage of .768.
In just two seasons for the Eagles, Taylor ended her career ranked sixth all-time in saves with 161 and third all-time in career save percentage (.774). She set a program record in career winning percentage as well (.622).
Born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Taylor graduated from Eastern Washington in 2017 with her degree in exercise science. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Sports and Recreation Administration. Taylor was twice named to the All-Big Sky Academic Team and was named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 25, 2015.