Penn State’s Chambers Hires From Within

Former director of ops Ross Condon will be promoted to assistant coach for the Nittany Lions.

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Penn State coach Pat Chambers said he received more than 150 applications for the position on his staff that opened when former assistant Brian Daly decided to hang it up.

The winning resume did not have to travel far to make it to Chambers' desk.

According to sources close to the program, Nittany Lion director of operations Ross Condon will be elevated to the position of assistant coach. As of this writing, though, the promotion was not “official.”

A Springfield, Va., native, the 29-year-old Condon (second from right above) has known Chambers for more than a decade. They met in the mid-2000s, when Condon was a walk-on player at Villanova and Chambers was an assistant coach for the Wildcats.

When Chambers was named head coach at Boston University in 2009, he tabbed Condon -- who spent the previous two seasons as the director of ops at Radford -- for an assistant coach's post.

The duo spent two years at Boston before Chambers took the top job at PSU and brought Condon along as director of ops.

While at Boston, Condon worked primarily with the guards, including 2011 America East Player of the Year John Holland and first-team All-Conference pick D.J. Irving.

Since Daly worked primarily with the Nittany Lion big men, it is not clear if Condon will take over that role or if Chambers will shuffle things around. The staff also includes fourth-year assistant and associate head coach Keith Urgo (third from right above) as well as third-year assistant Dwayne Anderson (far right above).

PSU's entire assistant coaching staff either worked with or played under Chambers at Villanova.

Condon graduated from Villanova in 2007 with a degree in business administration. He was a four-year letterman for the Wildcats.

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