John Shondell is in his 12th year at Purdue after joining the Boilermaker coaching staff as an assistant coach in March of 2003. After 10 years as an assistant coach, John was promoted to associate head coach in January 2013.
Prior to his time at Purdue, Shondell spent nine years as head coach of the New Castle High School volleyball program, where his teams ranked among the top 10 in the state each of his last seven years. In his tenure at New Castle, 12 of his players earned NCAA Division I scholarships, including seven athletes in his last two years. His teams compiled a 296-87 record and were ranked in the top two in the state each of his last three years. In 2001, New Castle posted a 34-4 record, helping Shondell earn Class 4A Indiana State Coach of the Year honors. He was named North Central Conference Coach of the Year four times (1996, 1997, 2000, 2001).
Before leading New Castle, Shondell was the assistant coach at Muncie Burris High School for four years (1990 to 1993). The Muncie Burris teams went 130-3 and won three state and two national championships in that time. Shondell's first head coaching job came in 1989, when he took over the Delta High School program in Royerton, Ind. In his one year at Delta, the team was second in the state poll and finished the season with a 31-4 record. Shondell was named White River Conference Coach of the Year at season's end.
The former Ball State player also has coaching and administrative experience on the club volleyball circuit. He was either a head coach or assistant coach in the ASICS Munciana Volleyball Club from 1989 to 2003 and led his teams to numerous medal finishes, including the 2002 18's Open national championship. Shondell also was club director and head coach for the Henry County Sports Medicine Volleyball Club for eight years.
"John is one of the best trainers in the sport of college volleyball and our players respond extremely well to him," head coach and brother Dave Shondell said. "He takes great pride in putting together practice plans to suit each player, and being creative in finding ways to make each player better. He also works very hard on scouting and preparation for matches. John has the ability to take a head coaching position at any time, but we are fortunate that he has made a commitment to stay here until we have achieved our ultimate goal."
John, a Muncie, Ind., native, had a very successful career as a player at Ball State and for the Munciana AAU Volleyball Club. He was the starting setter for the Cardinals for three years, earning All-America honors as a junior and all-conference accolades each of his final two years. As a freshman, Shondell was the backup setter for the team that made an appearance in the NCAA Final Four. While playing for Munciana from 1982 to 1988, he garnered All-America honors each year and was named the National Most Valuable Player in 1982, 1984 and 1986.
"I think the volleyball program at Purdue is in a very good place right now," the Boilermaker assistant said. "In the years I have been at Purdue, I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with quality athletes on and off the court. Our volleyball program has consistently improved each year and I think this trend will continue. I think our coaching staff is outstanding. Each of us has such different strengths that balance our staff out beautifully and make our staff as complete as any staff in college volleyball."
Shondell graduated from Ball State with a bachelor's degree in physical education (K-12). He lives in Lafayette with his wife Laura, a 1999 Purdue graduate, and daughters, Allie and Lexi.