Brother Martin head football coach Mark Bonis was hospitalized Tuesday evening according to the ‘Mighty Marc’ Facebook page, which was set up by the Bonis family for Bonis’ son Marc, who has dealt with serious health issues of his own.
The post was made public just after 5 p.m., and indicated Bonis suffered from an “abdominal aortic aneurysm.” A second post was made public just after 8 p.m. with an update stating Bonis was in surgery, which could last up to “six hours or more,” at Slidell Memorial Hospital.
Bonis, 40, just completed his 11th season as Brother Martin’s head football coach. The Crusaders finished with a 9-3 record including a Division I semifinal berth along with a third-place finish in the Catholic League at 5-2.
His overall record now stands at 77-47 with a playoff record of 8-10 including semifinal trips in 2014 and 2016 in addition to this past season.
Bonis, a Jesuit alum, became one of the youngest coaches in the Catholic League when he took over the Brother Martin program at age 30 following the sudden resignation of Jay Pittman in January 2009.
Bonis had served as the offensive coordinator for three seasons under Pittman, who had just led the Crusaders to consecutive Catholic League titles including the program’s first undefeated regular season (8-0) in 2008.
Bonis briefly left the program in February 2016 to become the Director of Player Personnel at Memphis University, but opted to return to Brother Martin less than a week later.
“After a few days in Memphis, I realized that I missed my players, my coaches, and my entire Brother Martin family.”
Updates will be provided regarding Bonis’ condition as they are made available.
Story written in collaboration with Jim Derry.