FORT WAYNE,Ind. — Arnie Ball, the long-time head coach of the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) men’s volleyball team, was awarded the IPFW Chancellor’s Medal at his retirement celebration on Thursday.
“It’s my honor and pleasure to recognize Coach Ball with the Chancellor’s Medal today,” said Vicky L. Carwein, chancellor of IPFW. “He made a tremendous impact for our students and our campus throughout his career.”
Ball has been at IPFW since fall 1981, when he served as head men’s and women’s volleyball coach. He coached the women until 1988 and compiled a 232–102–1 record in eight seasons as head coach. He has been the only coach in the men’s volleyball program’s history, with a 551–406 record.
He has the fifth-most wins in NCAA Men’s Volleyball history, and third-most among active coaches. He was a 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame Inductee, and the 2007 AVCA National Coach of the Year.
Ball was honored three times with the MIVA Coach of the Year (1997, 1999, and 2007), and has helped guide IPFW to six NCAA Final Four appearances, including a National Runner-Up finish in 2007.
In addition to his coaching duties, Ball also served as IPFW director of athletics from 1987 until 1995.
A ceremony to dedicate the Gates Athletics Center court as “Arnie Ball Court” will take place at the start of the men’s volleyball game versus Ball State, Saturday, April 4, at 7 p.m.
About the Chancellor’s Medal
The Chancellor’s Medal is awarded internally to individuals who have given exceptional service beyond the call of duty to IPFW. The award was first given in 2011 to Ken and Linda Balthaser (associate librarian emeritus and assistant dean emerita of the School of Arts and Sciences, respectively) to honor their 40+ years of service and support. Other winners include Arthur Friedel (2012), professor emeritus of chemistry; Robert Barrett (2013), professor emeritus of computer science; and Michael Nusbaumer, professor emeritus of sociology.