Colorado Springs, Colo. - Tachikara and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) are pleased to announce that Don Shondell of Ball State University has been selected, by a vote of his peers, as the 1995 Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year for NCAA men's volleyball.
Under Shondell's guidance, Ball State finished third at the 1995 NCAA Championships to cap a 25-9 season. Shondell, in his 31st year as head coach, led the Cardinals to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) regular season and tournament championships and saw Ball State advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament for the 13th time. Only UCLA, with 18 appearances, has made more trips to the NCAA Championship Tournament. Ball State has finished third eight times and fourth five times at the NCAA Championships. Overall, his teams have won or shared 17 MIVA championships.
In April, Shondell was named (MIVA) Coach of the Year for the eighth time. He also earned the honor in 1961, '66, '67, '70, '74, '79 and '90.
Ball State, the only team in the nation to post wins over each of the top four teams in the final AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll during the year - No. 1 UCLA (3-0 on March 3, the Bruins' only loss of the year); No. 2 Hawai'i (3-1 in the NCAA third-place match May 6); No. 3 Penn State (3-2 on March 4); and No. 4 UC Santa Barbara (3-2 on March 24) - finished the regular season ranked fifth in the final AVCA poll after being ranked 14th at one point during the year. The No. 5 showing is the highest ever by a Ball State team.
Shondell, who coached two AVCA All-Americans in 1995 (outside hitter Todd Reimer and setter Eduardo Ferraz), earned career win No. 700 during the season and boasts a career record of 704-247-6. He is the second-winningest head coach in men's volleyball history behind UCLA's Al Scates (868-133) and is just the eighth coach in any division, men's or women's, to reach the 700-victory plateau.