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

   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, Steve Shondell became 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.

   Entering his fourth year as the Ball State women's volleyball head coach in 2013, Shondell has returned the program to championship form as it won the 2010 Mid-American Conference regular season title and earned an at-large bid into the 2011 NCAA Tournament. In his three seasons, Shondell's Cardinals boast a 63-30 (.677) overall record, including a 33-15 (.688) mark in MAC play.

   "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 first season with the Cardinals, Shondell showed why he is considered one of the best coaches in the game, transforming the Ball State squad from a MAC mid-runner to a league championship program. BSU finished the 2010 season with a 24-5 overall record and won the program's eighth MAC Regular Season Championship with a 14-2 league mark.

   For his efforts during the 2010 campaign, Shondell was honored as the MAC Coach of the Year, becoming the first coach in program history to earn the honor in his first season. He is also the only coach in league history to earn the award in his/her first season as a collegiate head coach.

   In addition to guiding the program to a 24-5 record in 2010, Ball State's .828 winning percentage is the third-best winning percentage in program history and ranked 17th in the nation among the 328 NCAA Division I programs. The Cardinals climbed from 153rd to 50th in the NCAA Women's Volleyball RPI rankings and finished the season ranked 10th in the Mideast Region, as the top non-Big Ten program in the rankings.

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

   Shondell also helped Rio collect All-MAC First Team accolades, along with junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl. It was the first time BSU placed two players on the All-MAC First team since the 2002 season. In addition, junior setter Brittany McGinnis and freshman outside hitter Whitney Heeres were named to the All-MAC Second Team, while Heeres also earned recognition on the MAC All-Freshman squad. His team also excelled in the classroom, as evident by Rio and McGinnis earning Academic All-MAC accolades.

   As a team, Shondell coached the Cardinals to wins in their first seven matches of the season, with all seven being 3-0 sweeps. The 21-straight set wins tied as the second-longest set winning streak in program history. BSU also ended the regular season with a 10-match winning streak.

   Shondell helped the team carry over the success in his second season, with Ball State posting a 25-8 (12-4 MAC) record in 2011 and earning an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. It was just the second time in program history BSU has received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament and marked BSU's first match in the event since the 2002 season.

   The Cardinals finished the 2011 season ranked 36th in the NCAA Women's Volleyball RPI rankings among the 327 NCAA Division I programs. Ball State also received votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Coaches poll for the first time since the 1995 season.

   Shondell mentored a school-record four student-athletes to All-MAC First Team accolades during the 2011 season, with Brandl, Jennifer Boyd, Kara Bates and Catie Fredrich all picking up the honor. Boyd would go on to earn Academic All-MAC honors, while Bates was named to the MAC All-Tournament Team marking BSU's first all-tournament selection since the 2005 season.

   Despite numerous injuries which kept the lineup in a constant state of flux during the 2012 season, the Cardinals were able to place Bates and Lisa Scott on the All-MAC First Team for their efforts over the course of the season. In addition, Jenna Spadafora was named to the MAC All-Freshman team after proving to be a very versatile player for the Cardinals, seeing action as both a starting setter and a starting outside attacker. Overall, Ball State posted a 14-17 overall record in 2012, including a 7-9 MAC mark.

   A 2007 American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee and the National High School Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2009, Shondell guided Burris to an 1183-95 record over his 34-year career from 1976-2009. He coached the Owls to 21 state championships, including 13 straight titles at the Indiana Class 2A level. This past season, 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.