July 3, 2012
UCLA Athletics continues its celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX with a series of profiles of UCLA's Title IX 40. This group of 40 Bruin women were game-changers in the Title IX era. The next two profiles are of a pair of athletes from the mid-70's - volleyball player Terry Condon and rower Jan Palchikoff.
Terry Condon, Volleyball (1974-76)
As a sophomore and junior under legendary volleyball coach Andy Banachowski, Terry Condon helped lead UCLA to back-to-back AIAW National Championships (1974, 1975) and a two-year record of 60-4. In her senior season (1976) the Bruins were the national runners-up and finished with a 29-8 overall mark.
Meanwhile, throughout the 1970s, Condon was a U.S. Indoor National team member and the 1971 Player of the Year. In addition, she earned three USA Open National Championships and was a five-time member of the USA Women's National team, playing at the 1970 World Championships and 1971 and 1975 Pan American Games.
Following her playing career, Condon has served the roles of both administrator and coach at the collegiate level. From 1986-1994, she was a UCLA Associate Athletic Director and later was a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Northeastern University in Boston.
As a collegiate head coach, Condon has made stops at Cal State Bakersfield and Texas A&M. In 2012-13, she enters her seventh season as the women's volleyball head coach at UMass-Boston, where she is also a Senior Associate Athletic Director.
Condon was selected as an All-Time Great Female Player by the U.S. Volleyball Association in 1983, and in 1992, she was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. She was named one of the 25 greatest players in the history of UCLA Women's Volleyball, and her No. 34 uniform number is retired.
Jan Palchikoff, Rowing (1974-75)
One of the pioneers of women's rowing, Jan Palchikoff was a member of the UCLA rowing program as a club sport in 1973 and recognized later when UCLA awarded varsity letters in 1974 and 1975. Additionally, she competed on the UCLA swim team.
With Palchikoff a member of the team, UCLA women rowers competed at the U.S. Women's Rowing Association National Championships for the first time in 1974. A year later, while Palchikoff was training for the World Championships in the quad sculls, the Bruin lightweight four won the program's first National Championship in women's rowing.
Palchikoff was a 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympian and a five-time member (1975-77; 1979-1980) of the U.S. National Rowing Team, representing the U.S. 13 times in international competition. At the 1976 Olympics, the first year that women's rowing was on the Olympic program, Palchikoff finished fifth in the double sculls.
After completing her competitive elite rowing career and receiving her Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Palchikoff has remained heavily involved in sports. She was the head women's rowing coach at Syracuse from 1980-82 and at UC Santa Barbara from 1985-87. She also worked with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, the LA Sports Festival Committee and World Cup USA. Since 2004, Palchikoff has worked with Special Olympics Southern California, where she is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer.
Additionally, Palchikoff is active in masters rowing and track cycling. Her daughter, Kate Wilson (19), is an elite cyclist and represented the U. S. last summer at the Junior World Track Cycling Championships in Moscow.
Previous Title IX 40 Profiles
Karen Moe/Janet Coles