Bonnie Ahearn (Meritorious Service) - Inducted 2020
Bonnie was a part of the Virginia soccer community for over three decades. Beginning in 1980 as a soccer mom and VYS travel coach; she went on to become one of the premier referee assignors on the East Coast.
Bonnie’s assigning included league games in WAGS, NCSL, and VHSL. Bonnie assigned almost every tournament in Northern Virginia, including the WAGS Tournament, the NCSL Capital Cup, the Springfield Virginian Tournament, and the Cherry Blossom Festival Soccer Tournament, to name a few. She also assigned the Virginia State Cup and ODP games in Virginia. At the Region I level, Bonnie served on the Region I Referee Committee and, in that capacity, helped assign games for the Region I Youth Championships and Region I ODP Tournaments.
Bonnie always took pride in developing young referees and her promotion of young referees paid off with many of her nominees earning State and Regional recognition. Three of her nominees went on to win USYSA Young Referee of the Year. These referees were Annalisa Pawlosky (2001), Alexandra Hallas Button (2005), and Cassandra Ferrari (2007). Bonnie enjoyed her role in promoting these and many other referees in Virginia to reach the highest levels possible.