Steve Shondell has amassed 1,070 wins in 31 years as head coach at Muncie Burris Laboratory School in Muncie, Ind. According to the National Federation of High Schools Sports Record Book, Shondell's win total ranks in the top ten nationally in the history of high school girls' volleyball. With only 88 losses in those 31 years, Shondell has an incredible overall winning percentage of .924.
Shondell's Owls have won 18 Indiana State Volleyball Championships, including their current streak of 10 consecutive in 2A since the state went to class systems in 1997. He has been named Indiana coach of the year 10 times, and was a national coach of the year finalist in 1986. In Shondell's 31 years, Muncie Burris has never lost more than seven matches in a season, and has gone undefeated six times. The Owls have won four national championships, and have been runners-up nationally three times.
Great volleyball coaches in Muncie run in the Shondell family. His father, Don was the head coach at Ball State University in Muncie for 34 seasons, and is a charter member of the AVCA Hall of Fame. Steve played for his father at Ball State from 1974-77, before becoming head coach at Muncie Burris, Ball State's affiliated laboratory school. Steve Shondell was inducted into the Indiana Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1996, and the Ball State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
"After coaching with Steve Shondell for over 19 years, I can confidently say that he is a man of outstanding character, a coach and teacher of unlimited and unselfish dedication," said Reece Peacock, Muncie Burris varsity assistant for 19 years, in Shondell's nomination letter. "Steve is always willing to help anyone, coach or athlete, for the betterment of the sport and more importantly, for the good of the individual."