Our first 6 on 6 is with Will Condon, Head Volleyball Coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University. AASU is an extremely successful NCAA Division II program located in Savannah, Georgia.
6 on 6 with Will Condon, Head Coach, Armstrong Atlantic State University
1. What drew you into the profession of college volleyball coaching?Since middle school there has always been something that drew me to the sport. I played in high school and me and my friends would drive all over Maryland to any open gym to get on the court. At Clemson, I was fortunate to have some people give an opportunity to start coaching at camp and club. From my first 14's team I was pretty much hooked.
2. If you could change one thing about the sport of college volleyball, what would that be?I would change the substitution rules. I believe we have way too many subs. It has taken away from the complete Volleyball player, and it slows the game down.
3. Who is the most famous person you have met and where was it?They filmed the movie "The Last Song" here in Savannah, and they called me and asked if I would work with their actors to help them prepare for the movie. I worked with Liam Hemsworth and he was great. He is a pretty good athlete too, with some training he could have been really good.
4. Why do you feel Division II Volleyball is a great destination for players and coaches?I think for coaches it is great because it can still be about training and teaching and less about recruiting. We can recruit what other people call 'project players' and help them get better. We have a player this year whose club coach told her she would not do anything in college and her Junior year was an All-American for us.
I think for players it gives you an opportunity to play volleyball at a high level and still have a life outside the gym. We take it seriously, but our travel is not as long and we allow our players to be involved in other things outside of Volleyball.
5. What is the least enjoyable part of your job?
The paper work. Everything we do, every practice, every phone call to a recruit, every visit, every contact has to be recorded. I understand why we have to do it, but it is tedious.
6. If you were not able to coach volleyball, what would you do for a living?I would probably be doing something in business, maybe a Project Manager or something like that. I enjoy the building of something from scratch, meeting a deadline and exceeding expectations. Just like building a team, but not as rewarding.
Great new feature, Looking forward to moreReplyDelete
Glad you like it - A few coaches still to come; Russ Rose, John Cook, Scott Swanson, Michael Jordan, etc.ReplyDelete
Really interesting feature and very good questions. I coach middle school and can appreciate the team building comment and satisfaction that one can get from this activity!ReplyDelete