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Steve Shondell
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Ball State
Graduating Year: 1977
Experience: 4 Years
Phone: 765.285.1465
Email: sshondel@bsu.edu
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Steve Shondell
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 04/15/2010

   Steve Shondell was named the sixth head coach in Ball State women’s volleyball history on April 13, 2010. In January of 2013, Shondell signed a new three-year contract which will keep him at the helm of the Ball State women's volleyball program through the 2015 season.

   A 2007 inductee to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his efforts in 34 seasons as the head girls varsity volleyball coach at the Burris Laboratory School, Shondell has guided the Cardinals to an 87-38 (45-19 MAC) record in his first four seasons as head coach.

   Entering his fifth season in 2014, Shondell has also helped the program return to championship form as Ball State won the 2010 Mid-American Conference regular season title, earned an at-large bid into the 2011 NCAA Tournament and captured a share of the 2013 MAC West Division title.

   "I am honored to be a part of such a great tradition of volleyball excellence at Ball State University," said Shondell. "Ball State volleyball has been a huge part of my life, and to get an opportunity to coach at the university is a great way to continue my coaching career. To be able to coach at the school where my father was such an important part of the volleyball history is extra special. This means a lot to him and my family.”

   In his inaugural season at Ball State, Shondell was named the 2010 MAC Coach of the Year after guiding the team to a 24-5 overall record and the program's eighth MAC Regular Season Championship with a 14-2 league mark. He became the first coach in program history to earn the honor in his first season, and is also the only coach in league history to earn the award in his/her first season as a collegiate head coach.

   Overall, he has helped his student-athletes earn a league-high 11 All-MAC First Team selections and four All-MAC Second Team honors over the last four seasons, while two of his players have also been named to the MAC All-Freshman Team.

   In addition, senior libero Alyssa Rio earned Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) National Libero of the Year accolades in 2010 after ranking second in the nation with a 5.86 digs-per-set average. A four-time MAC Defensive Player of the Week honoree as a senior, Rio was also named the CVU.com National Player of the Week (Nov. 2).

   In the record books, the program’s 24-5 record in 2010 equated to the third-best winning percentage (.828) in program history and ranked Ball State 17th in the nation among 328 NCAA Division I Programs. Ball State won its first seven matches of the 2010 season all by sweeps, while ending the regular season on a 10-match winning streak. The 21-straight sets won to open the year tie as the second-longest set winning streak in program history.

   In 2011, Ball State posted a 25-8 (12-4 MAC) record and earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in program history. The Cardinals finished the season ranked 36th in the NCAA Women's Volleyball RPI rankings among the 327 NCAA Division I programs, and also received votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Coaches poll for the first time since the 1995 season.

   Prior to being named the head coach at Ball State, Shondell guided Burris Laboratory School (Muncie, Ind.) to an 1183-95 record over his 34-year career from 1976-2009. A two-time National High School Coach of the Year (2007 & 2009), Shondell coached the Owls to 21 state championships, including 13 straight titles at the Indiana Class 2A level. In his final season with the program, he led Burris to a perfect 40-0 record and finished the season as the national runner-up.

   Under his guidance, the Owls won four national championships (1990, 1992, 1997 and 2004), and finished with undefeated records seven times (1985, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2004 and 2009).  His teams also finished as national runners-up four times and as the third-ranked team three times.

   A member of the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame (2005), Shondell has also been inducted into the Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame and the Indiana Volleyball Hall of Fame. He has also earned numerous Ball State Alumni Coach of the Year and Indiana High School Coach of the Year awards.

   In addition to his career at Burris, Shondell was a founding member of the Munciana Volleyball Club in 1974, and has served as a club coach ever since. He was also a volunteer assistant for the Ball State men's volleyball team from 1991-1997 and again in 2008.

    In his original seven-year stint as a volunteer assistant for his father, Dr. Don Shondell, with the Ball State men's volleyball team, Shondell helped coach the Cardinals to the NCAA tournament three times (1994, 1995 and 1997). The 1995 Cardinals finished the year ranked fifth in the country, despite posting wins over all four teams ranked ahead of them in the final poll; No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Hawaii, No. 3 Penn State and No. 4 UC Santa Barbara.

   A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for the Ball State men's volleyball team from 1974-77, Shondell was a two-time All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association selection for the Cardinals.  BSU tallied an 88-13-1 record during his career, won three MIVA championships and finished third at the 1974 NCAA Championship. He was named BSU's Co-Most Valuable Player in 1977. The team's .913 (21-2) winning percentage in 1976 stands as the best in program history.

 Year

 School

 Overall

 MAC

 Season Notes

 2010

 Ball State

 24-5

 14-2

 MAC Regular Season Champions

 2011

 Ball State

 25-8

 12-4

 NCAA At-Large Berth

 2012

 Ball State

 14-17

 7-9

 

 2013

 Ball State

 24-8

 12-4

 MAC West Division Co-Champions

 Total

 

 87-38

 45-19