The team welcomes new head coach Tony Condra and new assistant coach Angela Lewis this season. Both coaches bring many years of professional basketball experience to the Surge basketball program. Condra and Lewis will coach alongside, current assistant coach, Petra Jackson.
Condra has been a part of the Surge family for two years, primarily responsible for recruitment and intense training and conditioning. He brings skills in the areas of leadership, communication, and basketball knowledge. Condra leads team practices and teaches Surge players basic fundamental basketball skills, while breaking down offense and defense.
Currently, Condra is the assistant director of Team Adidas, a high school girls basketball program, and owner of True Game Development. Prior to joining the Surge, Condra served as head coach of St. Louis Girls Hoops, an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball team. He led the team to fifth place in the AAU Nationals Competition in Clarksville, Tennessee in 2000. Condra was also the assistant head coach at Metro High School, where he led the team to a Missouri State Championship in 2000-2006, as well as a fourth place finish in the state competition in 2007. Condra received his bachelors degree in criminal justice from Columbia College. Strongly supporting the Surge mission and vision, Condra will bring his passion, knowledge, and skill as he evolves into his new role with the St. Louis Surge.
Lewis, a St. Louis native, will also join the St. Louis Surge coaching staff this season. Lewis is former womens basketball player for Saint Louis University. She graduated in 2004 with a bachelors degree in communication, and later returned to receive a masters in communication in 2006.
After a successful collegiate career, Lewis played professionally overseas for Turner Verin Bensburg of the Womens Bundesliga League in Bensburg, Germany. After ending her professional career as a player, Lewis held coaching positions at Webster University, Marquette University and Southeast Missouri State University. Lewis also began a sports consulting company, Major Game LLC, which assists young womens basketball, personal and spiritual development. Lewis is also an author and motivational speaker and has written a book titled, The Game Changing Assist: Six Simple Ways to Choose Success. Lewis also serves as President Elect of St. Louis University’s Black Alumni Association. An accomplished athlete, coach, and community leader, the Surge is proud to welcome her to the family.
The Surge will host five home games throughout the season this year. The Home Town opener, which is the first game of the season, will take place Saturday, June 21 at the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) Mark Twain Building located at One University Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63121.
For a complete schedule for the 2014 season, click here.