Cheryl R. Condon, who is in her 31st season as head coach of the softball program, has amassed the most victories among any coach in Elms Athletics history and was inducted as a member of the department’s Hall of Fame Class of 2012.
The 2016 Elms College softball team, under 30th-year head coach Cheryl R. Condon, have posted a 15-18 overall record and a 9-9 mark in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action, securing the seventh-seed in the NECC Championship Tournament. In conference play, the Blazers collected doubleheader sweeps of Southern Vermont College, Daniel WebsterCollege, and Wheelock College, along with splits against Mitchell College, Regis College, and Lesley University.Elms added non-conference victories over Westfield State (5-4), Johnson State (3-0), and Eastern Nazarene (9-1).
The 2015 Elms College softball team claimed the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship after defeating Becker in the title game, 1-0. Elms advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament, where they battled MIT and Tufts. The Blazers posted a 20-14 overall record and a 15-3 mark in NECC action, securing the second seed in the NECC Championship Tournament. The Blazers have closed the season strong, winning 15 of their last 18 games, including doubleheader sweeps of Daniel Webster College, Wheelock College, Bay Path University, Regis College and Lesley University. During the Blazers sweep of Bay Path, Coach Condon collected her 400th career win during Elms’ 10-2 victory in game one.
Coach Condon, who has been at the Blazers’ helm for all but the first season of the program’s 29-year existence, earned her 300th collegiate career coaching victory during the 2009 season. She celebrated a milestone in 2006 by coaching her 500th collegiate career game, and has earned Coach of the Year honors from the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) five times — a conference record.
She was also named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
In 2011, Coach Condon guided Elms to its sixth 20-plus win season in the last 10 years, finished the regular season with an NECC record of 14-2 for the third straight year, and earned a spot in the league championship game for the third consecutive year.
Under Coach Condon, the softball program won 26 or more games for four consecutive years from 2003-2006, including a school-record 28-7 mark in 2003 and a 27-12 record in 2006. The Blazers earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Championship in 2007, 2006, and 2003. The team’s berth in 2003 in the NCAAs was the first for any sport in athletic department history.
Elms has also appeared in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championship twice (2005 and 2011). Coach Condon is a member of the National FastPitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and she was a pitcher for the Westfield State University's 1978 MAIAW (Massachusetts Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) state championship softball team.
In 2008, the college’s newly renovated softball field was dedicated in her honor as the Cheryl R. Condon Field, and in 2009, Coach Condon was inducted into the Rockland High School Athletics Hall of Fame. She was a three-sport athlete during her time in high school (basketball, field hockey, softball).
Coach Condon is a faculty member in the Elms College’s Physical Education Department. She earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Westfield State College and her master’s in education from Elms College.