Ball State Unveils Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 25th, 2018 | College - Men's Indoor, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, MIVA, News

Back in March 2017, Ball State broke ground on the Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center, a 19,000 square foot facility which would act as a practice venue for the Cardinals’ basketball and volleyball teams.

On Saturday, the school introduced the completed facility with a ceremony including the venue’s Hall of Fame namesake Dr. Don Shondell as well as alumni and current coaches.

Shondell, a 1952 alumnus who started the men’s club team in 1960 and founded the varsity team in 1964 before coaching for 34 years. Shondell’s squads won 20 MIVA titles and earned 13 NCAA Tournament berths while accumulating a 769-280-6 record in his tenure. The 769 wins are the second most in men’s volleyball history and the most in any sport at Ball State.

“Ball State has been my whole life,” Shondell said. “My life started when I came to Ball State and it’s continued ever since then.”

The practice center features two full-size courts which can be utilized for basketball and volleyball as well as a 27-seat study room for meetings and video review. Two meeting rooms also are located on the second floor of the facility. The windows are made of translucent fiberglass to reduce the sun’s glare.

“This has been for sure a dream and a great way to recognize Dr. Don Shondell and the Shondell family for everything they have done for volleyball,” men’s coach Joel Walton, who also played collegiate volleyball at Ball State under Shondell. “Don worked passionately to start the Ball State men’s volleyball program and he’s rallied numerous times to keep the program in existence. Coach’s passion for teaching the game has impacted many people in Indiana, in Muncie, in the United States and the world.”

Ribbon Cut on Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center

[VIDEO] Ball State volleyball and basketball took a big step forward Saturday with the ribbon cutting of the Dr. Don Shondell Practice Facility. The building will serve as a new day-to-day home for the four teams while also including an athletic training room and a spot for film study and team meetings. All-Access explores how much Dr. Shondell means to Ball State and how much this honor means to him. #ChirpChirp

Posted by Ball State Sports on Saturday, July 21, 2018


Leave a Reply


About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

Read More »

Don't want to miss anything?

Subscribe to our newsletter and receive our latest updates!