FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Tech has selected Kyle Shondell as its new men’s head volleyball coach, the school announced Tuesday.
Shondell comes to Tech after spending the last 4 seasons as women's volleyball coach at Huntington University.
“I am ecstatic for the ability to build a men’s volleyball program at Indiana Tech,” Shondell said in a statement from the school. The Warriors will field a men's volleyball team starting next fall, after the school reinstated the sport after a 45-year absence.
“Tech has all of the resources necessary to build a legitimate men’s volleyball contender, both in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) and on the national stage," Shondell adds.
Under Shondell, the Lady Foresters finished 56-70, and earned a birth in the Crossroads League tournament each of his 4 years there. He coached 24 student-athletes to All-League recognition. Four of his players achieved NAIA Scholar-Athlete status.
Shondell’s volleyball career kicked off at Chicago State University and Western Illinois University, where he served an as assistant women’s volleyball coach for one year.
In 2013, Shondell spent a year at Rock Valley College as the men’s head coach, finishing that season with 21 wins and a ranking of 8th in the final NJCAA Division III poll.
Shondell’s love for volleyball seems to run in the family, with his grandfather, father, and uncle all having an active role in coaching volleyball.
His grandfather, Don Shondell, founded Ball State’s men’s and women’s volleyball programs, and is a co-founder of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA). He also holds the record for winning the second-most games in NCAA men’s volleyball history.
His father, Dave, serves as the head coach of the Purdue women’s volleyball team; Kyle's uncle, John, is an assistant coach with Purdue women’s volleyball. Another uncle, Steve, coached the Ball State women's and Muncie Burris High School teams.
Shondell finds that volleyball is gaining popularity, and Indiana Tech is the perfect school to hone in on that.
“This is a sport that is growing at an astounding rate, and one with loads of prep talent across the country starving for opportunities to compete at this level,” Shondell said. “This announcement and the amount of support we have behind us just makes it clear to all of that talent that Indiana Tech is a prime destination for them.”