What: Steve Shondell retirement celebration
When: Aug. 31 from 5-6:55 p.m.*
Where: Worthen Arena Alumni Room
*Match against IUPUI will begin at 7 p.m.
The Ball State women's volleyball team has some extra incentive to pick up its first win on Aug. 31.
Ball State Athletics will host a retirement celebration for former coach Steve Shondell prior to the team's first home match against IUPUI. The reception will take place in the Worthen Arena Alumni Room, with refreshments beginning at 5 p.m. and a brief ceremony at 5:30.
Shondell retired after a 15-17 (8-8 Mid-American Conference) record in his final season on the sideline. During his six years at the school, Shondell led the Cardinals to a 119-68 (64-32 MAC) record, two MAC regular season titles and an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2011.
The hall of fame coach came to Ball State in 2010 after a 34-year run at Burris Laboratory School, where he led the Owls to an 1,183-95 record from 1976 to 2009. Burris won 21 state championships — including a run of 13 straight — and four national championships under his watch.
“All I wanted to do when I came to Ball State was help pride and respect return to the women’s volleyball program,” Shondell told the Daily News following his retirement. "I’m very grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to finish my career at Ball State.”
Kelli Miller, his former assistant and replacement, will look to lead Ball State to a win after two straight five-set losses in the IPFW Invitational. IUPUI defeated Ball State in straight sets last season.
The celebration for Shondell will end at 6:55 p.m. and the match will begin at 7.