April 9, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After leading his team to seven NCAA Tournament berths, including five Sweet 16 appearances, over the last nine seasons, head coach Dave Shondell has been awarded a contract extension, which will keep him on the sidelines in West Lafayette through the 2017 season.
The Boilermakers ended the 2011 season ranked 10th in the final AVCA Coaches poll. Purdue advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and finished the year 29-5, including a 16-4 second-place finish in Big Ten play.
That success has been noted by assistant athletics director Calvin Williams, who is the sport administrator for volleyball, and director of intercollegiate athletics Morgan Burke.
"After revitalizing Purdue volleyball and restoring it to the level of its glory days, Dave Shondell has kept the program in the national spotlight with five Sweet 16 appearances in the last seven years, putting the Boilermakers in elite company," Williams said. "There is no doubt that Purdue volleyball has been among the best in the Big Ten and a regular postseason contender with Coach Shondell at the helm. We look forward to continued success and the bright future of the program."
Shondell is thankful for an administration and University that support volleyball in all facets, and hopes to see continued success for the Boilermaker program.
"I am very pleased to receive a contract extension and know that I will be a Boilermaker for many more years," Shondell said. "The knowledge of this six-year contract will allow our staff to recruit top athletes who are searching for a program in which the head coach will be present for their entire playing career. I owe a great deal to the Purdue players of the past nine years who have led our program to outstanding seasons. Few head coaches in the nation have been surrounded by such talented players, assistant coaches, and support staff.
"The administration at Purdue University has been wonderful in their support of our volleyball program, and I feel very fortunate to be part of the Boilermaker family. My thanks to President Córdova, who has been a splendid supporter of our team and a tremendous advocate for all Purdue students. I appreciate the consistent support from Morgan Burke and the confidence that he continues to show in our coaching staff. I am thankful to my new sport administrator, Calvin Williams, for his part in initiating this new deal. A special thanks to our student and community fans - they have been a big factor in our success. I am excited to move forward with a great coaching staff and terrific student-athletes and everyone else who has helped create this unique culture here. With the momentum we have established over the past several seasons and the amazing facilities that are soon to be completed, there has never been a better time to be a Boilermaker."
In 2011, Purdue reached the NCAA Division I Tournament Regional Semifinals (Sweet 16) for the fifth time in the last seven years, making the school one of just nine in Division I to achieve the feat.
The Boilermakers are slated to play in four spring tournaments. Fans can see Purdue in action at home this Saturday, April 14 when the team hosts IUPUI, Dayton, Ball State, Valparaiso and the University of Indianapolis on Belin Court. The matches, which will be three games played to 25 points, will take place on two courts.
10 a.m. Purdue vs. UIndy
11:45 a.m. Dayton vs. Ball State
1:30 p.m. Purdue vs. Dayton
10 a.m. Valparaiso vs. IUPUI
11:45 a.m. IUPUI vs. UIndy
1:30 p.m. Ball State vs. Valparaiso