NEWTON, Mass. – Roy Condon has dedicated his life to lacrosse in New England, but you wouldn’t be likely to find him playing the game or coaching on the sidelines.
Condon has spent nearly 35 years as a leader in the officiating and assigning of officials for lacrosse in New England, and he is the recipient of the 2016 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) “Walter Alessi Man of the Year” award.
Currently in the role of United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) District Area Assigner for New England, Condon has been active in collegiate lacrosse officiating since 1982. He refereed ten straight NCAA Division 1 Final Fours and seven consecutive national championships in the 1980’s and 90’s.
In 1996, Condon began to take less game assignments to move into an assigning and observation role, though he still continues to work games, especially at the high school level and in Major League Lacrosse (MLL), where he just took over as the Director of Officiating Services.
Condon started assigning for high school games in 1973, and by 1978 he was assigning for all of the high schools and prep schools in Eastern Mass.
“What Roy Condon has done for lacrosse in New England sometimes goes unnoticed due to the fact that in his role there are no stats, milestone wins, or championships. However, his impact is obvious to those of us that know the commitment he has made to help make lacrosse stronger in New England,” said Rick Senatore, Vice President of NEILA and head men’s lacrosse coach at Franklin Pierce University. “His longevity and service to the betterment of officiating has had an unparalleled influence on New England Lacrosse.”
Originally from Watertown, Condon played for two seasons at the University of Massachusetts, but suffered injuries that cut his career short and picked up officiating for basketball and lacrosse thanks to an intramural class he took at UMass.
He has spent most of his adult life in Reading, and was a physical education director at North Reading High School, where he then served as athletic director from 1982 until his retirement in 2005.
“I’m appreciative of the recognition of the longevity that I’ve been able to maintain in New England,” said Condon. “Lacrosse in New England is more than a career, it is a fraternity, and I’m proud of what New England has done, not only from a collegiate lacrosse standpoint, but from an officiating standpoint. I think being part of that has been a satisfaction to see that growth and to know that officiating had to become better and that is has become better and New England has a lot of nationally recognized officials.”
The NEILA Walter Alessi Man of the Year Award is an annual honor selected by the administration of NEILA and presented to an individual for incredible contributions to New England Lacrosse.
Condon will be honored at the 2016 NEILA East-West Senior All-Star game, which will be played on June 3rd at 7:00 PM at Golden Bear Stadium on the campus of Western New England University in Springfield, Mass.