Now in her 12th season at the helm of the UMass Boston volleyball program, co-head coach Terry Condon has turned the Beacons into one of the most recognizable programs in Division III women’s volleyball today. In the fall of 2015, Condon became the first head coach in program and UMass Boston history to be enshrined in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame, for her countless contributions as both a coach and a player.
During her 11 seasons in Boston, Condon has been on a mission to make UMass the premiere place to play collegiate volleyball. For her tireless efforts and work ethic UMass has seen unprecedented success, including seven straight Little East Conference regular season and six tournament championships, as well as three NCAA Division III Regional crowns, which the Beacons brought home in 2010, 2012, and 2013.
As the new standard of volleyball in New England, Condon has pushed her athletes to new levels earning them multiple all-conference, region, and American honors. During the Condon era, a total of five players have been named AVCA All-Americans. Another eight have earned AVCA/NEWVA All-Region honors, including two Rookies of the Year. In the Little East Conference 15 players have been named to either the First or Second Team respectively, and since 2006, UMass has had seven different players nab Rookie of the Year while four others have been named Players of the Year. Condon has also been named conference Coach of the Year twice, and has been selected as the top coach in the region twice.
Since her arrival in 2005, Condon has set a new standard for the Beacons every single season. Condon led UMass to their highest national ranking ever on the AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll 16th. The Beacons also remained in the top-25 for the entire 2011 season, which was also a first in the program’s history.
Last season, Condon's Beacons regained their spot atop the Little East Conference as they knocked-off all challengers to win their sixth tournament crown. Under her direction, the Beacons swept the conference's major awards for the first time in program history, with Eileen Shi earning Rookie of the Year honors, while Julia Murphy and Elizabeth Glavan repeated for the third straight year as Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year respectively.
The 2014 campaign was another solid year for the Beacons, despite falling just short in the conference tournament. Condon would reach two career milestones during the season, first surpassing the 200-win mark as the leader of the Beacons, before earning her 400th career victory as a college head coach.
In 2013, Condon led a team that consisted of nine freshmen back to the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament. After overcoming some early growing pains the Beacons rolled to their fifth straight conference title and third regional crown. Then freshman libero Elizabeth Glavan stepped to the forefront of Condon's young squad and earned AVCA All-Region honors and was named the NCAA Regional Tournament Most Valuable Player.
The 2012 season may have been the most impressive coaching job in Condon’s tenure; as the Beacons integrated seven new members and played their entire schedule on the road, en route to their fourth consecutive Little East Championship. After playing one of the most challenging non-conference schedules in the country, the Beacons swept their way through the Little East Conference Tournament. They would then shock the volleyball world, when the knocked off higher seeded MIT, host Connecticut College and second-seeded Bowdoin College to win the NCAA New England Regional title.
Over the last seven seasons, the Beacons have finished with 20-wins or more, including a program best 30 which they achieved in 2009 and 2010. Since the 2008 season, UMass has posted a combined 229 victories. To date Condon currently owns a career coaching mark of 431-234.
Condon has an outstanding volleyball coaching and playing background and is a legendary figure within college and United States volleyball circles. The former UCLA standout is considered one of the greatest players to ever step on the floor for the Bruins, having been named to the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992 as well as being honored as one of the 25 greatest players in UCLA history. Her number 34 was retired by the Bruins, as well. She enjoyed a tremendous career with UCLA, helping it to an 89-12 record, which included a pair of national titles in 1974 and 1975 and a national runner-up placing in 1976.
Condon's amazing accomplishments were not limited to the collegiate level, however, as she made her mark on the world stage as well, playing for the United States Volleyball National team throughout the 1970s. She was named a seven-time First Team All-American, two-time Second Team All-American and was the Player of the Year in 1971. Condon enjoyed tremendous success with her teams, racking up three USA Open National Championships and was a five-time member of the USA Women's National team, including the 1970 World Championship team and the Pan American Games teams of 1971 and 1975. Her accomplishments were recognized by her selection to the USA Volleyball 75th Anniversary Women's All- Era Team (1949-77) and her honor as an All-Time Great Female Player by the United State Volleyball Association in 1983.
Condon's achievements transcended her playing career as she went on to a successful coaching career as well. Following two years as the Head Coach of California State University Bakersfield, she took over the reigns at Texas A&M University and in six years, led the Aggies to three NCAA tournament appearances and coached the squad to a 180-101 mark for a .641 winning percentage. The year prior to her arrival, Texas A&M, posted an 18-21 mark and two years later, Condon led the squad to a 40-16 record and a ninth place national finish in 1981. She still holds the Aggies' coaching standard for highest winning percentage in a single-season with her 33-4 (.892) mark for the 1984 campaign.
Following her coaching career, she returned to her alma mater as an Associate Athletic Director for UCLA from 1986-1994 and received three Achievement Awards. She remained in Athletic Administration when she became a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Northeastern University in Boston in 1994 and remained with the Huskies until 1998.
Condon's selection as UMass Boston Head Women's Volleyball Coach is in addition to a position that she already holds, as she was named the Senior Associate Athletic Director for the school in February of 2006.
Highly respected for her contributions to women's athletics, Condon was inducted into the New Agenda: Northeast Women's Hall of Fame to recognize her coaching and teaching accomplishments within the community and the college arena.
Condon graduated from UCLA in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and currently resides in Rowley, MA.