Michael Bonnette enters his 13th year as LSU's Sports Information Director and sixth as an Associate Athletic Director after being promoted to his current position in April of 2007. Bonnette was originally elevated to Sports Information Director in August of 2000 and then promoted to Assistant Athletic Director in July of 2004.
As Sports Information Director, Bonnette serves as the chief contact for LSU's nationally-ranked football team as well as overseeing all publicity activities for the 20 sports sponsored by the Athletic Department.
The 42-year-old Bonnette, who served as an Associate Sports Information Director for seven years, is in his 19th year with the LSU Athletic Department.
The Lake Charles, La., native has been around the sports media relations profession his entire life as he is the son of longtime and recently retired McNeese State Sports Information Director Louis Bonnette, who was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in June of 2009. The field at Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles bears the name Louis Bonnette Field. His brother Matthew Bonnette continued the family tradition at McNeese by being named the school's Sports Information Director in July of this year.
Bonnette, who is a 1993 graduate of LSU, is past president of SIDS for the Southeastern Conference and is currently the vice-president for SIDs for the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. He is married to the former Robin Arnaud of Opelousas, La., and the couple has three sons, Peyton (14), Grant (13) and Max (7).