Former Ball State coach Don Shondell, 92, passed away on Tuesday night. Check out the social media reaction following the news about the Hall of Famer and the founder of the MIVA.
It’s been an emotional ride with Dr. Don’s illness & passing last night. John & I are so thankful for the out-pouring of kindness & support for our father. We were blessed to call him Dad. We are in the gym w/ @PurdueVB this am. There is no place we’d rather be right now. pic.twitter.com/TzLahb7Uuj
— Dave Shondell (@DaveShondell) November 24, 2021
Volleyball lost a legend. Condolences to our head coach and the rest of the Shondell family. What a life and career he had. Our program and so many more have him to thank for existing. Thank you Dr. Don Shondell for spreading volleyball through the Midwest like wildfire. pic.twitter.com/AjlawPcBJe
— Indiana Tech Men's Volleyball (@INTechMVB) November 24, 2021
My Grandpa. The man, the myth, the legend. Love you always. ❤️ https://t.co/2Kf3FDMQZN
— Lindsay Morgan (@LindsayShondell) November 24, 2021
The volleyball community has lost an icon. My deepest condolences to the Shondell family on the passing of Dr. Don. His love for the game created so many opportunities for people that would have never been so passionate about volleyball without his mentorship and guidance. https://t.co/fHO70fLTKU
— CoachDonanCruz (@CoachDonanCruz) November 24, 2021
Sad day for volleyball losing Coach Don Shondell. NCAA MVB owes him so much for his efforts to grow the game over his lifetime. He will be missed but his contributions to our sport will never be forgotten! The entire Shondell Family is in our thoughts and prayers. Thanks Coach!
— MarkPavlik (@MarkPavlik) November 24, 2021
Dr. Don Shondell, one of the greatest coaches to influence the sport. Thank you Shondell family for influencing me to be the coach I am today. I am thinking of you and your family. @SteveShondell @DaveShondell @Johnshondell pic.twitter.com/Vt4UE7rRuD
— Billy Ebel (@Billy_Ebel) November 24, 2021
RIP to Dr. Don Shondell.
A collegiate volleyball and Ball State University legend.
I love that the last match he ever saw was his granddaughter’s state championship at Worthen Arena just a hallway away from the practice facility that bears his name. pic.twitter.com/cXQJvoCKdm
— CJ Allard (@CJ_Allard_NU) November 24, 2021
Just heard the news that Don Shondell passed. He had a remarkable impact on the sport, but especially in the men’s game. Don was a great man who influenced countless lives for the better. He will be missed. My condolences to the @BallStateMVB community and the Shondell family.
— Kevin Burch (@Coach_KJB) November 24, 2021
The volleyball world lost an incredibly impactful coach last night in Dr Don Shondell. The bigger loss is to his family, from his kids right down through the generations to his great grandkids. His legacy as a coach, and more importantly as a good man, lives on in all of them.
— Tom Hanna (@ZipsCoachHanna) November 24, 2021
Aren’t too many people that have had more of an influence on me that Don Shondell. He was the true “don” of our volleyball mafia in Muncie and beyond. Sorry that he has passed, grateful to have been a part of when he was here. pic.twitter.com/BlAaOyp0hW
— Kevin Laseau (@klaseau) November 24, 2021
Dr. Don, Coach Shondell has done so much to impact the game and so many lives. He will be missed. Sending love and gratitude to the entire Shondell family. May his memory be a blessing @MIVAVolleyball @BallStateMVB https://t.co/060jjbUPd4
— Tim O'Brien (@_Tim_OBrien) November 24, 2021
I wouldn't be in the position I am today if it wasn't for Coach's influence. He and the rest of the Shondell family were significant in my love for coaching and volleyball. No one cared more about growing the game than Don Shondell!
— Craig Skinner (@UKCoachSkinner) November 24, 2021
Most of the people who have met Dr. Don Shondell learned something about volleyball….we have ALL learned more about being a better human being. Prayers to the Shondell family. @Johnshondell @DaveShondell
— Travis Hudson (@TravisHudsonWKU) November 24, 2021
The volleyball community lost a legend last night. My thoughts and prayers are with the Shondell family.🙏 RIP Dr. Don Shondell. We have met only a couple of times, but I will never forget your grace and kindness.
— Danijela Tomic (@CoachTomic) November 24, 2021
A legendary life! Sad day, but we will continue Dr. Don Shondell’s life through the sport! This MVB season is about to be a special one!! Thinking of the Shondell family during this time. https://t.co/23KzTncAJr
— Cody (@CodyJVBCoach) November 24, 2021
The sport of volleyball is not what it would be without Dr. Don. I feel so much gratitude to have had the opportunity to learn from him and see his legacy continue to grow. Thank you for sharing him with us @DaveShondell & the entire Shondell family. He is so special to so many.
— Megan Carr (@megancarr71) November 24, 2021
I am a saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Don Shondell. He is a legend in our sport and an inspiration to thousands. I will miss seeing him on the sideline quietly watching the game he helped build. Rest In Peace, Coach. pic.twitter.com/4ay29cjLYl
— Rob Beam (@CoachRobBeam) November 24, 2021
— Craig Dyer (@craigdyer19) November 24, 2021
— Munciana Volleyball (@MuncianaVB) November 24, 2021
— Lindenwood MVB (@lindenwoodMVB) November 24, 2021
— Wittenberg Mens Volleyball (@wittmvb) November 24, 2021
The Men’s Volleyball community lost a legend with the passing of Dr. Don Shondell. A true legend that impacted countless lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shondell family and @BallStateMVB.
— Trine Men's Volleyball (@TrineMVB) November 24, 2021
— Mount Union MVB (@MountUnionMVB) November 24, 2021
The whole 🏐 world lost one of the greatest teachers of the game, a legend. Our Allie and her family lost a father, grandpa and great grandpa last night in Dr Don Shondell. There’s nobody who did more for this sport especially in the state of Indiana and We are forever grateful pic.twitter.com/PBQwhFmtvg
— Sara Sutter (@LadyMavsVB) November 24, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shondell family! Volleyball lost one of its greatest teachers! What a legacy Don Shondell has left behind 🙏♥️
— Wapahani Volleyball (@WHSRaiderVBALL) November 24, 2021
The thoughts and prayers of the Warrior Volleyball family are with the Shondell family with the passing of Dr. Don Shondell, the patriarch of, perhaps, the most influential family in any sport. Dr. Don’s legacy lives daily on courts throughout the country and around the world. pic.twitter.com/sEgbFc3aXk
— Wes-Del Warrior Volleyball (@WDWarriorVb) November 24, 2021
Our thoughts are with the Shondell family as we mourn the passing of Don Shondell. He was an integral part of the history of volleyball in Indiana and across the country. He influenced countless students, athletes, and coaches and his impact will be felt for many years to come. pic.twitter.com/vRJqfrW6Kq
— Bearcat Athletics (@MCHSBearcats) November 24, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Shondell Family!! Very special family and man who has brought Delaware County Volleyball / and Muncie Indiana Volleyball into a special place
— Daleville Volleyball (@Volleybroncs) November 24, 2021
We lost one of the greatest our beautiful sport has ever seen. Thoughts and prayers to the entire Shondell family. We are so thankful to be part of a community with so many great leaders and volleyball families. Rest easy Dr. Don Shondell, thank you for everything! #WeAreRev pic.twitter.com/poQl9koCsO
— Rev Volleyball Academy (@rev_vb) November 24, 2021
Awoke to the news of the passing of Don Shondell — foundational leader of Midwestern volleyball and legendary BSU coach. His influence and his joy for the game continue in literally thousands of gyms every day. Like so many, I am grateful for the life he lived.
— Fritz Warfield (@FritzWar) November 24, 2021
A legend lost, Rest In Peace Dr. Don Shondell. Thank you for the legacy you built and the lives you touched. It was an honor to know you. 🙏🏽 https://t.co/vfmohGUPsN
— Lori Okimura 🌎 (@LoriOki) November 24, 2021
Praying for the Shondell family after the loss of their father, Dr. Don Shondell. I never had the honor of meeting him, but he has influenced the game that I love and so many of my friends and colleagues. Sending much love to you today @DaveShondell @Johnshondell @SteveShondell
— Erin Virtue (@ErinVirtue) November 24, 2021
My last college match at home was Coach Shondell’s as well, as he retired after that season. Carrying Coach out on our shoulders was a fitting tribute to the man who built our historic program. It was, and still is, truly a special thing to be a Cardinal @BallStateMVB https://t.co/qtTx1UTR6i
— Mitchell Sadowsky (@mitchsadowsky) November 24, 2021
Sad to hear of the passing of legendary Ball State men's volleyball coach, Don Shondell. Found this photo of Coach Shondell from 1988 when I worked as a student athletic trainer at his volleyball camp. pic.twitter.com/Vgbyda2513
— Angie Miller (@angatc) November 24, 2021
No one in the history of @BallStateSports had a bigger effect on their sport than Dr. Don Shondell had on college men’s volleyball.
He was a pioneer and the reason there are NCAA men’s volleyball teams in the Midwest.
He has now passed on. What he built remains intact. Legend.
— Vinnie Lopes (@vinnielopes) November 24, 2021