Mt. St. Joseph's
Having led the RedHawks to back-to-back Mid-American Conference championships, Carolyn Condit enters the 2018 season, her 35th at Miami, as the ninth winningest active coach in NCAA Division I volleyball and the 25th winningest coach of all-time.
Also owning more victories than any coach in the history of the Miami Athletic Department, Condit holds a 610-458 record over 34 seasons in charge of the Red and White. She became the first RedHawk to earn her 600th victory as a Miami coach with a 3-1 victory over Central Michigan on Oct. 13, 2017. Including her four seasons in charge of Xavier, Condit has over 700 wins, holding a career record of 709-536. She earned her 700th career victory on Oct. 14, 2017 with a 3-0 sweep of Eastern Michigan. Condit is the only volleyball coach in the history of the Mid-American Conference to win over 300 league matches, holding a conference mark of 330-203.
Under Condit's leadership, Miami has won eight MAC Championships, including each of the past two seasons. Last year the RedHawks were 23-9 and were co-MAC Regular Season champions. They went on to win the MAC Tournament title for the first since 2007, defeating Western Michigan in the championship match. In 2016, Miami finished 24-7 and was co-MAC Regular Season champions with a 15-1 league record. After reaching the MAC Tournament Championship match, Miami earned its fourth-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where it took a set off of Pac-12 member Oregon before dropping a 1-3 decision.
Last season was the fourth straight 20-plus win season for Miami under Coach Condit. In 2015, the RedHawks finished 21-10 overall and were third in the MAC with a 12-4 record, advancing to the MAC Tournament Semifinals. That included a 3-0 victory over then 19th-ranked Michigan State. In 2014, Miami also was 21-10 overall and 12-4 in the MAC. It advanced all the way to the MAC Tournament Championship before dropping a heartbreaking fifth set by the score of 13-15.
The RedHawks have boasted amazing success under Condit's direction. She credits excellent assistant coaches, solid recruiting and a consistent effort towards scheduling high RPI opponents for the steady upgrade of the program. To go with her eight league championships, the five-time MAC Coach-of-the-Year has nine NCAA Tournament appearances and five MAC Player-of-the-Year awards to her credit. That includes Olivia Rusek just last season in 2017.
As one of the most prolific coaches in the MAC, Condit and her staff continue their quest to keep Miami among the elite programs in the conference and region both athletically and in the classroom. Under Condit, 37 athletes have earned a total of 79 All-MAC awards for their play on the court, while 39 athletes have earned a combined 62 All-MAC academic honors (now called Distinguished Scholar Athletes) for their performance in the classroom. Seven of her student-athletes have been named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, and seven of her players (out of eight volleyball players all-time) have earned induction into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame.
Foreign tours have been a staple under Condit. The team had the benefit of having bonded and practiced together on a European trip back in May 2016. Visiting Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, the RedHawks visited many historical sites and played six matches against professional teams, finishing with a 5-1 record. Allowed once every four seasons, Miami traveled to Brazil in 2007 and visited Austria, Slovenia and Italy in 2012.
Condit is using her experience to give back to young coaches looking to move up the ladder. In 2012, she volunteered to join the American Volleyball Coaches Association's mentorship program, where she advises new high school and college level coaches who are making the profession their career.
In 2014, Condit was honored by Miami University with the Kathy McMahon Klosterman Award at the inaugural Women in Leadership Symposium. The award is given annually to someone that stands out during their career for their impactful and longstanding support of advocacy for women. The awards program was started by Professor Kathy McMahon Klosterman many years ago, with this award being established in 2008.
In 2016, Condit was honored by the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association with its Lifetime Service Award, which is presented to a local woman who has given many years of support, service, and enthusiasm to girls' and women's sports. It states that "She is a woman who has persevered tirelessly through the years so that girls and women today can enjoy the benefits of competitive athletics. She is a woman who has fought for equal opportunities in sports for girls and women when it wasn't popular to do so."
A Commitment to Academic Success
Condit, whose program has boasted superior graduation rates during her tenure, is credited with building the Miami program into a winner both on and off the court.
Keeping academics a top priority for the volleyball team is an important part of Condit's winning philosophy. Her student-athletes take great pride in their academic achievements and often are among the leaders at Miami in grade-point average. In the spring of 2010, the team had the highest GPA among all RedHawk athletic teams with a 3.7. It is believed to be the highest single-semester GPA for any athletic team in school history. A Miami volleyball student-athlete has been named to a CoSIDA All-District V team each of the past seven seasons, and last season saw Katie Tomasic named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team.
Former RedHawk players made sure Condit was recognized for her work as a teacher, with the effort led by Suzy Wolford (`05) which earned her a nomination for the 2010-11 Miami Effective Educator Award.
"The team's academic work and pursuit of their degree will always remain our top priority. Miami enjoys being among a prestigious group of Division I universities in the country who are well known for high academic standards, yet their motivated student-athletes prove year-after-year to be winners on the court. Our student-athletes deserve much credit for their perseverance in pursuit of excellence on and off the court, and our 2018 team continues to carry the torch." said Condit.
Virginia Heineman ('85), Kathy and Wendy Tepe ('87), Jessica Stout ('97), Meg Riley ('15) and Tomasic ('18) brought national recognition to Miami through their selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team. Riley and Tomasic were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team three times each, while Tara Buroker (`04), Jill Homrig ('90), Kathy Whalen ('91) and Stout each earned first-team CoSIDA academic all-district honors twice.
Condit by the numbers
709 -- Career wins (as of end of 2017 season)
23 - Teams that have advanced to at least to the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals since the tournament was reinstituted in 1987.
17- Teams that have finished in the top three in the regular season
9 -- NCAA Appearances
7 -- MAC Regular Season titles
11 -- MAC Tournament title appearances
5 -- MAC Tournament titles
5 --MAC Coach of the Year wins
5 -- Student-Athletes have won MAC Player of the Year
79 - All-MAC awards
62 -- Academic All-MAC awards (now Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award)
7 -- CoSIDA Academic All-Americans