Mt. St. Joseph's
Having once again brought the RedHawks back to the top, Carolyn Condit returns for her 34th season in charge of the volleyball program.
The winningest coach in the history of the Miami Athletic Department, Condit enters the 2017 season just 13 wins shy of 600 at the school. She owns a 587-447 record over her first 33 seasons in charge of the Red and White. She is the only coach to earn 500 victories for the RedHawks in school history, earning it with a 3-0 victory over Wright State on Aug. 25, 2012. Including her four seasons in charge of Xavier, Condit has over 600 wins, holding a career record of 686-527. On Aug. 28, 2010, she coached her 1,000th career game. She became only the 11th coach in NCAA history to reach that mark while coaching exclusively at the Division I level. She ranks 11th among all active Division I coaches in total victories. 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 317-200.
Under Condit's leadership, Miami is coming off an amazing season in 2016. Last year the RedHawks finished 24-7 and were co-MAC Regular Season champions for the first time since 1998, finishing 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. With 13 letterwinners returning and five talented newcomers joining the squad, Condit and the `Hawks are excited by the high expectations going into the 2017 season.
Last season was the third 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. The five-time MAC Coach-of-the-Year has eight NCAA Tournament appearances, six MAC titles and four MAC Player-of-the-Year awards to her credit. 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, 36 athletes have earned a total of 76 All-MAC awards for their play on the court, while 37 athletes have earned a combined 59 All-MAC academic honors (now called Distinguished Scholar Athletes) for their performance in the classroom. Six 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. 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 the CoSIDA All-District V First Team each of the past five seasons, and in 2014 Condit saw senior Meg Riley earn First-Team Capital One Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA, the first Academic All-America selection from Miami since 1997 and only the second First-Team selection all-time.
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 2016 team continues to carry the torch." said Condit.
Virginia Heineman ('85), Kathy and Wendy Tepe ('87), Jessica Stout ('97) and Riley ('15) brought national recognition to Miami through their selection to the Capital One Academic All-America team presented by CoSIDA, while Tara Buroker (`04), Jill Homrig ('90), Kathy Whalen ('91) and Stout each earned first-team CoSIDA academic all-district honors twice. In 2015 Riley became the first Miami volleyball player to earning First-Team Academic All-District honors three times, as she was placed on the team in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The 2017 team will feature senior right side hitter Katie Tomasic, who has been selected CoSIDA First Team All-District each of the last two seasons, and is looking to become Miami's sixth individual Academic All-American this season.
Condit by the numbers
686 -- Career wins (as of end of 2016 season)
22 - Teams that have advanced to at least to the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals since the tournament was reinstituted in 1987.
16- Teams that have finished in the top three in the regular season
8 -- NCAA Appearances
6 -- MAC Regular Season titles
10 -- MAC Tournament title appearances
4 -- MAC Tournament titles
5 --MAC Coach of the Year wins
4 -- Student-Athletes have won MAC Player of the Year
76 - All-MAC awards
59 -- Academic All-MAC awards (now Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award)
6 -- CoSIDA Academic All-Americans