Donald Shondell was the inaugural head coach of the Ball State men's program in 1960. He led Ball State to the first NCAA championship in 1970 and compiled a record of 734-254-6. Shondell received the Mikasa Sporting Goods Lifetime Achievement Award for Service in the Sport of Volleyball in 1988. He was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1992. He received the 1996 AVCA Founders Award and was awarded with the 2000 AVCA Excellence in Education Award. Shondell was very active in the AVCA as he spent time on the editorial board and on the men's volleyball committee. He contributed to several issues of Coaching Volleyball, published multiple articles in AVCA books and was a speaker at several AVCA annual conventions.