Lisa Condon’s track shoes have more miles than her car

Coaches’ Corner 3/30/17
By: 
GARRETT HARR
Outlook staff writer
Lisa Condon

The Laurel Outlook recently spoke to Laurel High School girls track and field head Coach Lisa Condon about summer, motherhood and running.
Condon has been the head girls track and field coach at LHS since 2000. She teaches business classes there as well. She graduated from Laurel in 1986, where she also ran cross country and track. One of her track records still stands to this day, though she hopes someone breaks it this year. Condon has been married to Rob for almost 29 years. They have three kids together and each has graduated from Laurel.
Condon has a bachelor of science in business education from Black Hills State University and a master’s in technology integration, also from BHSU.
1.) What is your favorite thing about the sport you coach? “I love track and field because anyone can do it and everyone gets to compete; there is no bench, no waiting to get called into play. I love watching the improvement in each and every kid from the first practice to the first meet to their very last meet. Everyone always sees improvement in their performances and therefore they see success.”
2.) What do you think most high school athletes use as a motivation for success in sports? “I think there is a difference in the other sports and track and field. We see it all the time in track and field, they see themselves get better with each competition and then they want keep getting better. That goal of setting a personal record (a PR) is a strong motivation.”
3.) Why do you personally think sports are such an important part of a student athlete’s life? “Sports teach so many life lessons. First and foremost, it shows that working hard pays off and second is teamwork. Many jobs require working with others; sports prepare us for that. Sports are a life-long activity, both socially and physically. Any physical fitness is good for mind and the body.”
4.) What do you hope your athletes take away from you and the sport you coach? “I hope they learn to believe in themselves and their abilities. I hope they become life-long athletes. I hope they make friendships that they will treasure forever. I hope every single one of them leaves the season with more confidence and an ‘I can do anything I set my mind to attitude’.”
5.) What are you most looking forward to for the summer? “My son, Sean, is getting married the day after the State track meet. Yes! The day after! And I don’t even know where State will be! We have a lot of family coming for that and I’m anxious and excited to see everyone. Aside from the wedding and family, I’m looking forward to lots of fishing, camping and trail running.”
6.) What music do your student athletes listen to when they practice? “When we play music at practice, we typically put on 80’s rock and everyone seems happy with that. I’m especially happy about that. What type of music gets the kids motivated? I have no idea and I’m not sure I really want to know! Everyone likes different genres, but I do know music is huge motivator.”
7.) What have you always wanted to do, but never got a chance to? “Travel to Europe .”
8.) What was the last picture you took on your phone? “My future daughter-in-law with her new fishing waders (have to have fishing waders to be a Condon) that I gave her at her bridal shower yesterday.”
9.) What was the last date you went on? “Friday night with my husband, Rob.”
10.) We don’t know each other, or we barely know each other, I am just the interviewer, an unreliable exhausted sports writer and humble narrator, and you my interviewee, but if you could turn the tables and ask me one question what would it be? “How in the world did you end up in Laurel, Montana?”
Writer’s response: “I left a small town in Texas, in the middle of the night, in the middle of hurricane Odile and wanted to go back home to Washington, however I didn’t quite make it, and I don’t mind so much anymore.”
11.) What is a secretly romantic or wonderful date in Laurel, you could recommend? “I can’t say I’ve been on a secretly romantic date in Laurel!”
12.) What saying or quote would you like on your headstone? “Just get off the couch and do it.”
13.) Where would you love to get lost? “Hmm, I don’t want to get lost anywhere! I’m way too cautious of a person to even think about that. There’s lots of places I want to visit, but I don’t want to get lost. Plus, I’m scared of bears; most places I want to go have bears.”
14.) What is one lie you believed when you were a teenager that you found out later, as an adult to not be true? “Santa came to our house while we were at church on Christmas Eve. It had snowed, there were no footprints so we had no idea anyone had been to our house while were gone. While we were gone, Santa brought my brothers and I bikes and my little sister a doll house. About 15 years ago I learned how all of that happened.”
15.) What did you spend most of your childhood doing? “I lived out of town so I rode my bike a lot and played outside with my brothers. I spent most of my summers in the Black Hills with my grandparents.”
16.) What was your greatest adventure in high school? “Band trip to Washington, DC, summer of 1985. The Eastern A schools put a marching band together to march in the 4th of July parade. I was one of the drum majors. We marched in a parade in Philadelphia and DC then we got to go to New York City. We traveled there by bus; that was an adventure in itself.”
17.) What incident in your past best defines who you are now? “I was a runner as a kid and teenager and I still am (I did take about 20 years off, though). I guess I was hooked from the first track meet I ran in. I was a second or third grader and the Jaycees in Laurel hosted meets. I still love to compete in races.”
18.) Do you read poetry, fiction, or non-fiction? “Non-fiction. I love history and to learn about people. I read a lot of memoirs and biographies.”
19.) What do you learn from kids you teach? “That I’m not too old to learn. They teach me something every day.”
20.) In your opinion what does Laurel need, that we don’t already have? “We need a place for kids to hang out, they need a place to go and socialize rather than hanging out in parking lots. It was the same when I was a kid; we would gather in the parking lot next to Hardee’s.”

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