AIKEN, S.C.--USC Aiken head volleyball coach Will Condon has announced his resignation effective February 29, University officials released Monday morning. The winningest coach in Lady Pacer Volleyball history is leaving his post after eight seasons to accept the head coaching job at another institution.
“Will Condon has done an excellent job for us and we wish him nothing but the best,” said USC Aiken Athletic Director Randy Warrick. “I appreciate everything Coach Condon has done for USCA and the junior volleyball program in our area. It is quite evident that he has a true passion and love for the sport.”
In his eight seasons at USC Aiken, Condon compiled a 161-100 record for a .617 winning percentage. The longest tenured coach in the program’s 30-year history, Condon has nearly doubled the wins as the number two person on the list, C.J. Sherman (97-58).
“I want to thank Randy Warrick for giving me the opportunity to make my dream a reality when I was given the chance to coach at USC Aiken eight years ago,” said Condon. “Now I feel it is time to pursue another opportunity. I will always remember my time at USCA fondly, thanks to the many people that make it a wonderful place to work.”
A breakout season in 2006 earned Condon Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year honors. Finishing 28-7 overall, the Lady Pacers shared their first PBC Championship in 11 years with a 10-2 mark. Winning the PBC Tournament for the first time in a decade earned the program its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.
For an encore, a senior-led Lady Pacer squad rolled through the league in 2007 with a perfect 10-0 mark, collecting back-to-back PBC Regular Season and Tournament Titles and making a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. In his final two seasons, Condon was 54-12 including 22-2 in the PBC.
“It was very difficult to leave these players,” said Condon. “They have sacrificed so much and accomplished amazing things.”
Over the past eight seasons, the Lady Pacers have had 13 All-Conference players and have collected the PBC’s Player or Specialist of the Week award 30 times.
Prior to taking the job at USC Aiken, the 1996 Clemson graduate served as assistant coach at Emporia State, a Division II school in Emporia, Kansas. While with the Hornets, Condon earned his MBA in 1999.
USC Aiken returns five of 12 letterwinners from last year’s team headed by junior Stefanie Durham, the 2007 PBC Tournament Most Valuable Player.
A national search will begin immediately for Condon’s replacement with an interim coach to be named soon until a permanent candidate has been found.