Will Condon accepted the head coaching position at Lindenwood University on January 30, 2017.
Head volleyball coach Will Condon recently completed his ninth season at the helm of the Armstrong State University program in 2016. In his time with the Pirates, Armstrong State has made nine consecutive NCAA Championships berths, won four straight Peach Belt Conference regular season titles from 2011-14 and three straight tournament titles from 2012-14 as well as NCAA Southeast Region title match berths in 2013 and 2014.
In his nine years at the helm of Armstrong volleyball, Condon has compiled a 252-64 overall record for a .797 winning percentage, the top winning percentage among Armstrong volleyball coaches in the 30-plus year history of the program. His overall career collegiate coaching record stands at 413-164 for a .716 winning percentage.
Armstrong State went 26-8 in 2016, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championships with a 3-0 win over Lincoln Memorial. Sophomore outside hitter Raegan Grooms earned Honorable Mention AVCA All-American honors, while Grooms, setter Carley Eiken and middle hitter Raquel Kulak each earned All-Peach Belt Conference and AVCA All-Southeast Region honors.
The Pirates went 18-11 in 2015, finishing just one game out of first place in the Peach Belt Conference standings with a 13-5 mark. Armstrong State made its eighth straight NCAA championship appearance, falling to eventual region participant Carson-Newman in a thrilling five-set match. The Pirates featured a pair of first-team All-Conference and AVCA All-Region performers in Anna McGee and Emily Wylie.
Armstrong State volleyball went 30-3 in 2014, finishing the season ranked No. 24 in the AVCA Division II Top 25 poll. The Pirates went 17-1 in the PBC, capturing the regular season title, while knocking off Flagler in the PBC Tournament Championship match. Armstrong defeated Lenoir-Rhyne and Carson-Newman in the NCAA Southeast Regional before falling to host Wingate, 3-2, in the Southeast Region championship match. Senior outside hitter Stephanie Sfara earned third-team AVCA All-American honors while senior setter Kamryn Sherman was an honorable mention All-American, as well as the PBC's Setter of the Year.
The Pirates went 32-2 overall in 2013, setting a new school record for winning percentage, while going an unbeaten 18-0 in Peach Belt Conference play. Armstrong swept through the PBC Tournament and knocked off Newberry and Flagler to earn its second berth in the NCAA Southeast Region title match, falling to Wingate at Wingate. Armstrong finished the season ranked No. 20 in the AVCA Division II Top 25 poll and featured the PBC Player of the Year in Jessica Santaniello, the AVCA Southeast Region Freshman of the Year in Emily Wylie and three AVCA All-Americans in third-team honorees Santaniello and Kristin Holmes as well as honorable mention honoree Megan Pando.
Armstrong volleyball broke new ground in 2012, earning the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Southeast Region and hosting the regional for the first time in program history. The Pirates went 33-6 overall and 13-1 in the Peach Belt, capturing not only the PBC regular season title but the league tournament title as well. Led by third-team AVCA All-American and PBC Player and Setter of the Year, Ashley Seal, the Pirates featured three other honorable mention AVCA All-Americans in Brittany Wolf, Amanda Jones and Jessica Santaniello.
The 2011 season was a historic one for the Pirates as they began the year with a school- and Peach Belt Conference-record 31 match win streak. Armstrong went 36-3 overall, tying a school record for wins in a season, whlie capturing the Peach Belt Confernce regular season title and making an appearance in the NCAA Southeast Region. PBC Player of the Year Brittany Wolf became Armstrong’s first volleyball player named to an AVCA All-American team while four other players - Brendyce Budd, Jessica Santaniello, Leia Pittman and Ashley Seal - earned All-PBC and All-Region honors.
In 2010, the Pirates reeled off 12 wins in their last 14 regular season matches to earn an at-large berth into the NCAA Championships, while also advancing to the Peach Belt Conference tournament title match. The previous year, Armstrong finished second in the PBC and advanced to the NCAA Championships again.
In his debut season with the Pirates in 2008, Armstrong went 28-7, capturing the Peach Belt regular season and tournament titles to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2004. The Pirates defeated Lander, Lincoln Memorial and Catawba to capture the Southeast Region title and advance to the NCAA DII Elite Eight.
Condon joined the Pirates from fellow Peach Belt Conference school USC Aiken, where he served as the Pacers’ head volleyball coach for eight seasons, compiling a 161-100 record as the winningest coach in that school’s history.
The Peach Belt Conference’s Coach of the Year in 2006, the Pacers under Condon collected back-to-back Peach Belt regular season and tournament titles in 2006 and 2007. The titles were the first for the Pacer program since 1995.
USC Aiken also made its first-ever appearances in the NCAA Championships in both seasons, advancing to the NCAA South Regional.
Condon became USC Aiken’s ninth head coach in 2000 and immediately enjoyed success as he took a squad that had finished 11-18 in the previous season and directed them to a 24-10 overall record and a 9-5 conference mark, finishing third in the PBC.
In 2001, USC Aiken was again in the upper half of the conference standings with a 19-12 overall record (7-7 PBC), placing the team fourth. After a 13-21 mark in 2003, the Lady Pacers posted one of the biggest turnarounds in conference history with a 21-13 record in 2004. Finishing 8-6 in the PBC, USC Aiken was one game back of third place.
The 2004 season saw Condon and the Pacers put up another 20-win season with a 21-13 record and an 8-6 mark in the league, setting the stage for a four-year run in which USC Aiken would win 35 of 48 conference matches, culminating in the undefeated 10-0 mark the Pacers compiled in 2007, their first undefeated league mark in the PBC - and only the third league school ever to compile an unbeaten volleyball league record.
While at USC Aiken, Condon coached one ESPN: The Magazine/CoSIDA All-American and PBC Player of the Year (Mandy Gerolstein), one PBC Freshman of the Year (Amy Long), 13 All-PBC performers and 20 PBC Player of the Week honorees.
Four times Condon directed the Pacers to 20-win seasons while at USC Aiken and he leaves the school having won 40 of his last 50 matches over the last two seasons.
Prior to taking over the USC Aiken program, Condon served as an assistant coach at Emporia State (Kan.) for four seasons. While at Emporia State, his teams finished among the top 12 in the nation in hitting percentage in three of the four years he was there.
Condon is a 1996 graduate of Clemson, earning his bachelor’s of science degree in management. He also competed on the Clemson men’s club volleyball squad. He received his master’s degree in business administration from Emporia State in 1999.
An active member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), Condon is married to Lesley Michelle and the couple have one child, Ella.