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Penn State readies for first road game of the season.
Lions have won four of last five ACC/Big Ten Challenge Games
Nittany Lions look for fourth win in last five Big Ten/ACC Challenge games
An integral member of Patrick Chambers’ staff, in his seventh year, Ross Condon returns to the program’s director of operations role after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach. In addition to overseeeing administration of the team’s on- and off-court activities, Condon serves as the program’s liaison with Penn State’s Student-Athlete Welfare and Development and NCAA Compliance units. He will continue to head competition scheduling as well as assist the coaching staff with practice planning, opponent scouting and coordinating recruiting efforts.
Condon’s efforts in providing the program with organization and structure have played a major role in Coach Chambers’ strategic plan for the Nittany Lion basketball program. One example of the commitment to excellence is highlighted by the team’s inclusion as one of seven Penn State squads that posted a perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR). In the most recent data released by the NCAA, the GSR for men’s basketball, for the seventh year in a row, ranked above the national average.
As an assistant coach, Condon helped direct the 2016-17 Nittany Lion offense that scored 70 points or more in 21 games and averaged 70.1 points per game during Big Ten play, both bests for the program since 2001. The Penn State offense also broke the program records for points in a Big Ten slate (1,262) and field goals (443). The increase in scoring resulted in Tony Carr breaking the freshman assist record en route to his selection to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.
Carr, Stevens and Bostick, entering their second season, were key elements in the 2016 Nittany Lion recruiting class that was ranked in the nation’s top 25, the best recruiting class in Penn State history. This highly regarded class followed the trio of 2015 signees, who, at the time, composed the program’s first-ever top 30 recruiting class.
Condon joined the Penn State staff after two seasons as an assistant coach with Chambers at Boston University, helping guide the Terriers to back-to-back 21-win seasons and postseason appearances both years. BU went 21-14 in 2010-11, winning the America East Conference Championship and advancing to its first NCAA Tournament in more than a decade (2002). He worked specifically with the Terrier guards, including 2011 America East Player of the Year John Holland, now a member of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, first-team all-conference guard Darryl Partin and all-conference rookie honoree D.J. Irving.
After graduation from Villanova in 2007, Condon was hired as the director of basketball operations for Radford University and worked under 2009 Big South Coach of the Year Brad Greenberg. He played an important role in the biggest turnaround in league history, which included a 2009 Big South Championship and the Highlanders’ trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Condon was a walk-on and four-year letterwinner on Villanova’s basketball team from 2003-07, playing his final three seasons under Chambers who was a Wildcat assistant coach at the time. With the Wildcats, Condon was part of a squad that captured the 2005-06 Big East regular season title and made three straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2005 and the Elite Eight in 2006.
Following his junior year at Villanova, Condon was selected to represent the United States at the 2006 World Maccabi Games in Australia, where he contributed to a team gold medal.
The Springfield, Va., native and former all-state high school player was an exemplary student-athlete at Villanova. Condon was a three-year selection to the Big East All-Academic Team and also served as the men’s basketball team’s representative to the university’s student-athlete advisory committee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Villanova in May of 2007.
Condon married the former Mary Rabe in August 2016.