CMU Extends Bonamego Through 2022

John Bonamego is 21-17 in three seasons with the Chippewas. 

Central Michigan announced Tuesday that it has extended head football coach John Bonamego’s contract through the 2022 season.

In three seasons with the Chippewas, Bonamego is 21-17 and led CMU (8-4) to its first eight-win season since 2009 this fall and fourth straight bowl appearance. CMU went 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference and finished in second place in the West division this season.

“John is a tremendous leader, and his passion for CMU is unmatched,” CMU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Michael Alford said in a release. “He has developed his players academically, athletically and socially and has worked tirelessly to push our program forward. He has earned his commitment, and I am excited about the future of our football program under his leadership.”

A 1987 CMU graduate, Bonamego was hired by his alma mater on Feb. 8, 2015 after serving as an NFL assistant coach for 16 years. He his CMU’s 28th head coach.

“I’d like to thank President (George E.) Ross, Michael Alford and the Board of Trustees for their continued confidence to lead the CMU football program,” Bonamego said in a statement. “I’m very excited about the future of this program.”

Under Bonamego’s direction, CMU defeated its second consecutive Big 12 opponent this season with a 45-27 win over Kansas. The Chippewas downed Oklahoma State in 2016. CMU also won the Michigan MAC Trophy with wins over rivals Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

Bonamego and the Chippewas will face Wyoming (7-5) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho, on Friday. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.