Huskies Meet UMass in Gillette Stadium at 11 a.m. Saturday
This Bond--as in Northern Illinois University offensive coordinator John Bond--prefers to stir things just right and leave the opposition shaken.
In his first year with the Huskies he steered the One-Back attack to single-season school records in points (421), touchdowns (53), first downs (261), and total offense yards (5,265). The 43-year-old Bond boasts 22 seasons of experience, starting with two years as a student coach (1983-84) and a year as a graduate assistant (1985) under Lou Holtz and Ken Hatfield at the University of Arkansas.
Bond arrived in DeKalb from Army after the final four seasons of an eight-year partnership wih Todd Berry. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Army (2000-2003), the same dual capacity he held at Illinois State University (1996-99). In between, Bond served as runningbacks coach under Jesse Branch at Southwest Missouri State University (1986-90), three months in the same capacity for Jim Strong at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (1991), QB coach for David Lee at the University of Texas-El Paso (1991-93), and QB boss plus passing coordinator for Todd Knight at Delta (MS) State University (1994-95).
Bond's high-octane Redbird attack set or tied 50 school or conference records in three years as offensive coordinator. Illinois State reached the NCAA 1-AA playoffs twice (1998-99) and won the Gateway Athletic Conference title (1999). In 1999, he was a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year Award. Bond coached ISU All-America QB Kevin Glenn (1998) and all-league WR and current NIU receivers boss Marquis Mosely (1997).
At West Point, Bond installed a One-Back system that set 35 school records. In 2003, he was the recipient of the Mike Campbell Top Assistant Coach Award by the All-America Football Foundation. At Southwest Missouri State, he tutored the runningbacks on back-to-back Gateway Conference champs and 1-AA playoff entries (1989-90). A former Razorback QB, Bond was a member of the 8-4-0 Gator Bowl team under Holtz (1981), suffered a career-ending injury, and then served as a student coach on the 7-4-1 Liberty Bowl (1984) unit and grad aide on the 10-2-0 Holiday Bowl (1985) elevens for Hatfield.
As a prep at Rogers (AR) High School, Bond was a two-sport man, lettering in football (3) and track (2). An All-State quarterback as a senior, he played for his father, Gary "Blackie" Bond, who coached for 32 years and was enshrined into the state's high school federation Hall of Fame. In 2003, Bond was inducted into the RHS Hall of Fame.
He received a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Arkansas in 1985. Bond is married to the former Jennifer Wilder of Bloomington, IL. The couple has two daughters, Mackenzie Rae, 3, and Mallory Grace, 1.