Andrew Walker

Ball State University athletics director Tom Collins said Tuesday afternoon that reports circulating that he met with legendary Burris Laboratory High School girls volleyball coach Steve Shondell Tuesday morning were "all rumors."

The Ball State women's volleyball coaching position became vacant March 3 when former coach Dave Boos resigned to become an assistant coach with the University of Florida. Boos was officially hired by Florida yesterday.

But according to Collins, the Ball State opening "hasn't even closed yet."

"We're a week, 10 days, from even starting a search," Collins said.

Shondell is yet to return a phone call from The Ball State Daily News seeking comment.

Shondell told The Ball State Daily News March 3 that the Ball State opening was "tempting," but said he had no intention to apply for the position.

Shondell, the 2009 National High School Volleyball Coach of the Year, has won 13 consecutive Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 2A state titles with the Owls. He has also been a highly successful club volleyball coach with the local club program, Munciana, primarily coaching the 12-and-under "Peppers" squad.

Shondell is the son of legendary former Ball State men's volleyball coach Don Shondell and played for the Ball State men's volleyball team in the 1970s and was named to the all-conference team twice. Steve Shondell has remained close to both the Ball State men's and women's volleyball programs in his lengthy career as a local coach.

Steve's brother, Dave, is the head coach of Purdue University, where their brother, John, is an assistant coach.

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