The building named after the founder of college men’s volleyball in the Midwest is officially open.
Ball State held a dedication ceremony on Saturday to unveil the new Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center that will be located adjutant to Worthen Arena on the university’s campus in Muncie, Indiana.
Don Shondell started the Ball State men’s volleyball program in 1959 and became the second winningest coach in NCAA volleyball history before retiring in 1998. Among the numerous achievements for the Volleyball International Hame of Fame inductee included creating the MIVA, helping spearhead men’s volleyball to become a NCAA sanctioned sport and coaching Ball State to 20 MIVA championships.
The 19,000-square-foot facility named for Shondell was created specifically to house the Ball State volleyball and basketball teams’ practices. Along with multiple courts, the building features a tiered seating film room and two team meeting rooms.
Check out the Ball State and volleyball communities’ reaction on social media to the opening of the 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. All-Access explores how much Dr. Shondell means to Ball State and how much this honor means to him. #WeFly pic.twitter.com/vOTAzsTi7C
— Ball State Sports (@BallStateSports) July 21, 2018
Proud day for the Ball State Volleyball Family. Ribbon-cutting ceremony today for the Dr. Don Shondell Training Facility. Thanks to all those who contributed to helping make this remarkable project happen. Dr. Don is treasuring this moment. pic.twitter.com/rhO4838B3I
— Dave Shondell (@DaveShondell) July 21, 2018
After today, there will be 1 building or practice facility in America named for a volleyball coach. Excited for today’s ribbon-cutting and honored to have been able to see him coach, learn from him, and be his grandson. Thankful @BallStateSports is honoring Dr. Don today! pic.twitter.com/U2ZVRbeBvC
— Kyle Shondell (@KyleShondell) July 21, 2018
— Motor MVB (@MotorMVB) July 21, 2018
Today @BallStateSports had a ribbon-cutting for the new Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center. Don, your pioneering spirit and your coaching credentials are respected and admired by many. Thank you for your many years of service to the University. pic.twitter.com/tfziRHCDky
— Geoffrey S. Mearns (@PresidentMearns) July 21, 2018
— Jean Kesterson (@CoachKesterson) July 21, 2018
Dr. Shondell – The Man of the Hour! pic.twitter.com/N1328K7eAH
— Cathedral Men's VB (@cathedralmensvb) July 21, 2018
Another wonderful example of the impact of your investment! So excited for our student-athletes and coaches who get to experience the Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center. pic.twitter.com/hmKkkAE7l8
— Kevin Ginther (@ktginther) July 21, 2018
A special tribute to Ball State Legendary Volleyball Coach Don Shondell and naming the new Volleyball and Basketball Praactice Center after him. Great turnout to honor this special man and our wonderful university!
— Rich Maloney (@CoachMaloney) July 21, 2018
Dr. Don Shondell always finds a way to make people laugh! pic.twitter.com/8O7ePFEpUq
— John Rodríguez (@VB_CoachJRod) July 22, 2018