After becoming the first full-time women's swimming coach at LMU, Bonnie Adair enters her 15th season with the Lions in 2017-18, having been named 2008 Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Coach of the Year and the 2015 PCSC Coach of the Meet. The Lions returned to the PCSC for the 2014-15 season after four seasons in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Adair joined the LMU program in 2002-03 with a 35-year background in swimming.
In the return to the PCSC, Adair earned Conference Coach of the Meet while guiding senior Kjirsten Magnuson to Swimmer of the Meet. In total, 11 LMU swimmers were selected to the PCSC All-Conference team, led by Magnuson and her record-setting performances over the four-day competition. Magnuson set a new PCSC and LMU record in the 50 freestyle before topping the existing LMU record in the 200 backstroke. Equally impressive, Hannah Calton set new Lion records in the 100 and 200 butterfly. In addition, Magnuson, Hailey Chisholm, Stephanie Schuffels, and Maddie Vanderpoel earned PCSC Academic honors which are awarded to a junior or senior achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
The 2015-16 season saw LMU finish third overall at the PCSC Championships, with three LMU swimmers earning first team All-PCSC honors and seven more taking home second team selections. In addition to the All-PCSC honorees, LMU placed nine swimmers on either the All-Academic or honorable mention squad. Hannah Calton, Kristen Brennand and Kristen Clarno all took home first team All-PCSC honors, with Calton earning a trio of top-three finishes. Kristen Brennand not only earned a first team selection in the 100 freestyle, she also earned a spot on the All-Academic squad.
The 2016-17 season saw LMU finish sixth overall at the PCSC Championships. The Lions featured 10 swimmers on the PCSC All-Academic team, while five earned All-PCSC honors. The Lions also claimed a CSCAA Scholar All-America team selection. Hannah Calton, who garnered the WCC Individual Sportsmanship Award, took home three PCSC Swimmer of the Week selections to help LMU to five on the year. Calton finished her career holding LMU records in the 100 & 200 butterfly, and was second in 200 IM and 200 freestyle.
Competing at the 2014 MPSF Championships, Adair saw five of her swimmers earn All-MPSF honors as LMU finished eighth overall. Kjirsten Magnuson earned first team honors in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, breaking LMU records in both events. Rachel Dekar was also a two-time All-MPSF selection, earning second-team selections in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Kristen Clarno, who set a new LMU record in the 400 IM, reached the Championship final in the 200 IM to earn her second-team All-MPSF selection. Hannah Calton claimed second-team All-MPSF in the 100 butterfly after breaking her own 100 butterfly record in the morning preliminaries. Finally, Angelina Prat reached the Championship final in the 200 butterfly en route to her second-team All-MPSF selection. At the conclusion of the meet, LMU had set five new program records and landed 15 swimmers on the MPSF All-Academic team.
In her first season as a full-time head coach, Adair added 17 newcomers to the program's roster, which doubled the team's size and jump-started the new era of LMU swimming.
Adair guided a trio of swimmers to All-MPSF honors at the conclusion of the MPSF Championships in 2012-13. Camille Hopp, Rachel Dekar and Kjirsten Magnuson all took home second team honors. Hopp earned selections in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, setting a new LMU program record in the 200. Dekar earned her All-MPSF selection in the 100 breaststroke after setting a new LMU record in the event with a time of 1:02.36, while Magnuson took home the second team selection in the 100 backstroke.
Competing in 12 National Championships (her first at age 13) and two Olympic Trials, Adair became a National finalist in the 100 free and 100 fly and a member of a 400-meter medley relay that established four American records.
She attended UCLA as an undergraduate and then Loyola Law School. During law school, Adair was the assistant coach of the UCLA women's swim team and also coached the Team Santa Monica age group team.
Between 1985 and 1994, Adair came out of swimming retirement to compete in several Masters National Championships and World Games and set national and world records in the freestyle sprint events and 100 and 200 IMs. She has contributed swimming articles to SWIM Magazine and Fitness Swimmer Magazine and was honored as the United States Masters Coach of the Year in 1997.
From 1996-1999, Adair was the head coach of the men's and women's swimming teams at Santa Monica College, where she earned the Western State Conference Women's Coach of the Year award in 1997. In 1998, her women's team tied for the conference title and placed sixth in the state. Her men's team also earned a sixth place finish.