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Fans Ask About Volleyball Coach Don Shondell’s Cause of Death


Many ask about the true story of legendary volleyball coach Dr. Don Shondell’s cause of death soon after he passed away on Tuesday (November 23, 2021) at the age of 92. May the legend rest in peace.

Don Stuart Shondell was born January 1, 1929, and became the patriarch of one of the famous families in American volleyball. His career was various in many fields, as a volleyball coach, author, and program coordinator.

He had a career record of 769–280–6 (.732), which is the second-highest number of wins in NCAA men’s volleyball history, behind UCLA’s Al Scates.

Many ask about the true story of legendary volleyball coach Dr. Don Shondell's cause of death
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Don Shondell kicked off the Ball State men’s volleyball program in 1964 and had the second-most wins in NCAA men’s volleyball history; He reportedly breathed his last on Tuesday surrounded by family, then immediately tributes flooded on social media throughout the Indiana volleyball community.

Graduating from Ball State University in 1952, he left the program in 1965 to complete a doctoral program at Indiana University. As head coach of Ball State’s men’s volleyball program, he was awarded 20 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) titles in 34 seasons.

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Rumors Behind Coach Don Shondell’s Cause of Death

Although there is no reliable report about Don Shondell’s cause of death, some spread some rumors about the matter. However, US day News is trying to find the latest updates and more information as soon as possible; stay with us.

Some social media users claim he lost his life due to a heart disease he was recently suffered from. However, we do not confirm any rumors; our team is trying to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. Nevertheless, family privacy should be respected at this difficult time.

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In 1970, he led Ball State to the first NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship tournament. The legend later earned twelve more NCAA berths. Among his ex-players are Olympian Phil Eatherton and Walton.

Shondell was a co-founder of the MIVA, the organization’s first president, and an eight-time MIVA coach of the year winner.

Retiring as head coach of Ball State in 1998, he was replaced by Joel Walton, an ex-player and assistant coach. Following retirement, Shondell started coaching the Middle School volleyball team at Muncie Burris Laboratory School in Muncie, Indiana. He additionally coaches youth volleyball in the Muncie, Indiana area.

Many ask about the true story of legendary volleyball coach Dr. Don Shondell's cause of death
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Shondell was the dad of Dave Shondell, the present head women’s volleyball head coach at Purdue University, John Shondell, who is Dave’s assistant at Purdue, and Steve Shondell, the former girls’ volleyball coach at Muncie Burris High School where he gained more than 1,000 wins.

Also, he was the grandfather of former Tennessee women’s player and current Youngstown State assistant coach Jasmine Fullove, former Purdue women’s player Lindsay Shondell, and current Huntington University head coach Kyle Shondell.

Fans and Friends Reacted to Death News of Don Shondell

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Soon after the heartbreaking news was released, many of Don Shondell ‘s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:

Someone wrote, “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.”

Another said, “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.”

A fan said, “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.”

“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”, Another fan penned.

Many ask about the true story of legendary volleyball coach Dr. Don Shondell's cause of death
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A user also tweeted, “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.”

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