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Days after being admitted, Muncie volleyball legend Don Shondell released from hospital

The Star Press (Muncie) logo The Star Press (Muncie) 5/27/2020 Robby General, Muncie Star Press

MUNCIE, Ind. — Don Shondell, an American volleyball icon, was released from the hospital Tuesday, five days after he was found unconscious. 

Steve Shondell, Don's oldest son, told The Star Press he received the news from the staff at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon. Steve said he was "thrilled" to get the call saying Don would be released days after he was diagnosed with pneumonia and a urinary tract infection.

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Don was able to speak to nurses Friday afternoon, which Steve saw as "encouraging." Steve, while unable to visit his father amid current hospital regulations, continued to post updates on his father's health throughout the weekend via Facebook and thanked the outpouring of support. Steve's initial Facebook post last Thursday has garnered more than 650 reactions and 475 comments. 

"I spent two hours just putting likes on Facebook, so many people responded to that initial message," Steve said with a chuckle. "I've never seen so many messages."

He added: "I'm feeling so much better but I don't think he could have any more support than he has from all the people on Facebook."

According to Steve, Don has returned to a special care unit, where he will remain for the next 10 days on antibiotics.

Don is credited with bringing an interest in volleyball to the Midwest and his impact on the game has been matched by few. After earning his undergraduate degree from Ball State in 1952, Don started the Ball State men's volleyball program as a club sport in 1959. Ball State men's volleyball became a varsity sport in 1964 and, in 34 seasons at the helm, Don finished with a 769-280-5 record and remains the second-most winningest coach in NCAA men's volleyball history. 

In 1996, Don was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame and was named an All-Time Great Coach by USA Volleyball. In 2003, he was inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Don was also the co-founder of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA), the league in which the BSU men's volleyball team still competes in today. Don also served as the USVBA president from 1979-80 and was inducted into the Ball State athletics Hall of Fame in 1983. 

The last name Shondell remains a prominent one in collegiate volleyball, as well. While Steve retired from a hall of fame career at Muncie Burris earlier this year, Don's other two sons, Dave and John, remain on the Purdue women's volleyball coaching staff as the head and associate coach, respectively. Dave's son, Kyle, is the head men's volleyball coach at Indiana Tech. 

Robby General covers East Central Indiana high school sports at The Star Press. Contact him via email at rgeneral@gannett.com, on Twitter @rgeneraljr or by phone at 765-283-8864.

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