MUNCIE – The Ball State University Board of Trustees today approved the naming of the Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center, to be built adjacent to Worthen Arena.
Funded via the Ball State University Cardinal Commitment campaign, which raised $20.6 million, the $6.4 million facility will provide practice space for the women’s and men’s basketball and volleyball programs. The facility will also house a training room, study room and individual team meeting rooms.
Shondell, the legendary International Volleyball Hall of Fame former head coach for Ball State’s men’s volleyball team, amassed a career record that included 20 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) titles and 13 trips to the NCAA tournament. He started men’s volleyball at Ball State in 1959, and though he retired in 1998, Shondell’s influence on the program and student-athletes is still felt today.
“We are grateful for the support of the many alumni and friends who have made this facility a reality,” said Mark Sandy, director of athletics. “And what better statement could be made about the value of athletics in providing our student-athletes opportunities for academic excellence, leadership and community engagement, than to name this facility for one of the finest individuals Ball State has known.”