The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:18 am

Sagamore awarded to Mastodons' Ball

Staff, news services

Longtime IPFW men’s volleyball coach Arnie Ball, who retired this year, was presented the Sagamore of the Wabash award by state Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, at the Mastodons’ annual golf outing Friday.

The Sagamore of the Wabash is an honor given by the state to recognize those who greatly contribute to Hoosier heritage. Those who have won the honor include presidents, astronauts and entertainers such as David Letterman.

The award was created by Gov. Ralph Gates, who served from 1945 to 1949.

Ball led the Mastodons to six NCAA Final Fours and one appearance in the championship game.

He was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in 2012 and was the 2007 AVCA Coach of the Year. IPFW named the Hilliard Gates Athletic Center’s main court in Ball’s honor this year.


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