Lloy James Ball (born February 17, 1972, in Fort Wayne, Indiana)[1] is an American volleyball player, a member of American national team in 1993–2008, a participant of the Olympic Games (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004) and gold medalist of Olympics Beijing 2008,[2] gold medalist of the NORCECA Championship 2007 and World League 2008, silver medalist of the Pan American 1995, bronze medalist of the World Championship 1994 and 2015 inductee to the International Hall of Game. When not on the court actively playing the game, Ball operates Team Pineapple, a volleyball clinic that also features his father, Arnie Ball.[3]

Lloy Ball
Personal information
Full nameLloy James Ball
Born (1972-02-17) February 17, 1972 (age 49)
Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
HometownWoodburn, Indiana, U.S.
Height2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb)
Volleyball information
Toray Arrows
Casa Modena
Iraklis Thessaloniki
Zenit Kazan
Ural Ufa
National team
1993–2008 United States (398)
Last updated: 29 December 2017

Personal lifeEdit

Ball grew up in Woodburn, Indiana, where he attended Woodlan High School. Because Ball grew up in a state that did not sanction varsity competition in boys' volleyball, he only played competitively during the summer. He made his first breakthrough at age 15 by getting an automatic position on the 1987 Olympic Festival. Ball also played basketball. As a Junior, Ball’s team lost in the Sectional finals to a stellar Bishop Dwenger Saint’s Basketball team. It was a crushing loss for Ball and was a huge factor in driving him towards his future success. This Dwenger team consisted of stars like TJ Steele, David Lion, John Sullivan, Tim Burns and Brian Finley. Ball was recruited by Bobby Knight to play the game at Indiana University. Ball currently resides in Angola, Indiana, with his wife, son and daughter.


Ball attended Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)[a] from 1991–1995 and played volleyball there for his father, Arnie Ball. In his freshman season, he was named Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year as he recorded 1,421 assists to go along with 171 digs, 113 blocks and 164 kills on the year. In his sophomore season, he was an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Second Team All-American and also broke the school record for single season assists (2,047).

In his junior year, he was repeated as a Second Team All-American and was the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Player of the Year and recorded a career high 106 assists vs. Ball State. He ranked among the top 20 in the nation in hitting percentage and aces per game. In 1994, he was a First Team All-American and repeated as the MIVA Player of the Year. He led IPFW to the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship semifinals, before suffering a broken hand prior to the match.

In 2006, Ball was inducted into the IPFW Athletics Hall of Fame alongside his father as part of the inaugural class.[4][5] Following the 2018 dissolution of IPFW and the transfer of its athletic program to the newly created Purdue University Fort Wayne, the institution is now known as the Purdue Fort Wayne Athletics Hall of Fame.

National teamEdit


Ball competed at the 1991 (silver) and 1993 World University Games. He was also on the national team that won the silver medal at the 1995 Pan American Games. Ball was selected for the USA national team in May 1994 after concluding a stellar collegiate career at IPFW.

Ball represented the U.S. men's volleyball team at the 2007 FIVB Men's World Cup, helping the team to finish fourth. At the 2008 FIVB World League, Ball led the U.S. men to its first ever World League title, by defeating Serbia in the final. Ball was named the "Best Setter" and Most Valuable Player of the tournament.[6]


Ball made his Olympic debut at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where Team USA finished in ninth place tie with South Korea, after having claimed the bronze medal two years earlier at the World Championships. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Ball started but the USA had a disappointing tournament, not winning a match and finishing with an 11th place tie with Egypt.

At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Ball led Team USA to the semifinals, where they lost to eventual gold medalist Brazil. They earned their way to the bronze medal match, but were swept by Russia to come down to a fourth-place finish. Despite not getting a medal, it was the best Olympic finish for the men since they won the bronze medal in 1992.

With his selection to the 2008 Olympic squad, Ball became the first male volleyball player from the United States to compete in four Olympics.[7] After leading Team USA past Russia in 5 sets at the 2008 Summer Olympics semifinals in Beijing, China, Ball led Team USA to the gold medal by defeating World No. 1 Brazil in four sets. During the tournament, the U.S. never lost a match, going undefeated at 8–0.[8]


With the professional club Iraklis Thessaloniki, he won two silver medals at the 2004–05 and 2005–06 CEV Champions League. In 2004-05 he was also awarded "Best Setter".[9]

With the professional club VC Zenit Kazan he won a gold medal at the 2007–08 CEV Champions League and a third silver medal at the 2010–11 CEV Champions League, along with a second "Best Setter" award.[10] On April 11, 2011, Ball announced he would be retiring at the end of VC Zenit Kazan's season during an interview on The Net Live radio talkshow.[11]




  1. ^ In 2018, the Indiana University and Purdue University systems dissolved IPFW. Each system established a new Fort Wayne campus at that time. The IPFW athletic program was transferred to the new Purdue University Fort Wayne and now competes as the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons.


  1. ^ "Lloy Ball profile". Volleyball Magazine. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  2. ^ Woodburn native Ball picked for 4th Games
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-05-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2010-05-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Hall of Fame Roster". Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  6. ^ Wanerandyspieth (2014-10-08). "Story behind Ind. Secretary of State commercial explained". WANE. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  7. ^ U.S. announces Olympic men's volleyball squad
  8. ^ U.S. Men Defeat Brazil to Grab Gold in Volleyball, New York Times, Juliet Macur, August 24, 2008.
  9. ^ CEV. "Tours stronger than host team". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-06-05.
  10. ^ CEV. "Third consecutive crown for Italy's wonder TRENTINO BetClic". Retrieved 2010-04-12.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Kevin Barnett & Reid Priddy. "The Net Live04/11/11". Archived from the original on 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-04-11.

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