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June 24, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; June 24, 2011 - New Penn State basketball coach Patrick Chambers has named former Villanova player Ross Condon as the Nittany Lions' director of basketball operations. Condon, who was an assistant coach under Chambers at Boston University, joins assistant coaches Eugene Burroughs and Keith Urgo on a Nittany Lion staff with one more position to fill.
"Coach Condon did an outstanding job the last two years with our players and he has a great understanding of our foundation," Chambers said. "He is loyal, trustworthy and committed to the success of Penn State Basketball."
Condon spent the previous two seasons at Boston University as an assistant coach on Chambers' staff helping guide the Terriers to back-to-back 21-win seasons and post-season appearances both years. The Terriers went 21-14 in 2010-11, winning the America East Conference Championship and advancing to their first NCAA Tournament since 2002. The Terriers also went 21-14 in 2009-10 and earned a CBI tournament berth, reaching the semifinals. Condon was responsible for assisting with all aspects of the Terrier basketball program, including recruiting, game and practice preparation, scouting and player development. Condon worked specifically with Terrier guards including 2011 America East Player-of-the-Year John Holland, first-team all-conference guard Darryl Partin and all-conference rookie honoree D.J. Irving.
"I'm excited to be a member of Coach Chambers staff," Condon said. "I know he will continue to bring the commitment level and passion to Penn State that I saw with him at Boston University. It's great to be a member of the Penn State basketball family."
Prior to BU, Condon spent two years as the director of basketball operations for Radford University working under 2009 Big South Coach of the Year Brad Greenberg. Condon played an important role in the biggest turn around in league history, including a 2009 Big South Championship and the Highlanders' trip to the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Radford finished the 2008-09 season with a 21-12 (15-3 Big South) mark after posting a 10-20 (5-9) record the previous season.
A walk-on member of Villanova's basketball team from 2003-04 to 2006-07, Condon played the final three of those seasons under Chambers who was a Wildcat assistant coach at the time. While 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.
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.
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