Dr. Don Shondell was a pioneer in the sport of volleyball and created a legacy that can be felt throughout the United States. A 1952 and 1956 Ball State graduate, Dr. Shondell, had an illustrious career that was long and varied as a coach, professor, and author. He formed the first men’s club volleyball team at Ball State in 1960, and would spend the next four years working tirelessly to make men’s volleyball a varsity sport. The team earned varsity status in 1964, and over his 34 seasons at the helm of the program, Dr. Shondell accumulated a career record of 769-280-6 (.732), affording him the second-most wins by a head coach in NCAA men's volleyball history. His 769 career wins are the most by a Ball State coach in any sport.
Throughout the remainder of his career, he continued to set records and build the program to prominence. Dr. Don Shondell passed away November 23, 2021, but his legacy and impact on volleyball will live on forever.
The Shondell VolleyCards Legacy Endowment was created by former Ball State Volleyball letterwinners and is focused on building Dr. Don Shondell's legacy for both Men's and Women's Volleyball at Ball State University. Your contributions will continue to build the future of our volleyball programs and student-athlete experiences. Tradition on the court; a legacy beyond.
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