September 29, 2022

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Indy volleyball coach dies after falling from Olomana Trail in Hawaii

INDIANAPOLIS — Jason Gardellis was charming, amusing and liked to convey to people he was positively positive. He was a science geek but, as he declared on social media, he was a scarce “extroverted engineer” at Rolls-Royce.

He was a fiercely aggressive volleyball participant and an even much more fiercely patient mentor. He was living his desire, climbing the peaks of Hawaii this week, when he died.

Gardellis, 32, of Indianapolis, fell additional than 250 toes Wednesday at the Olomana Trail in Oahu, in accordance to the Hawaii health care examiner’s place of work.

Katie Conner, founder and co-operator of iBeach 31 wherever Gardellis worked, explained she and the complete volleyball neighborhood are devastated. 

Gardellis labored at iBeach 31’s Greenfield location and headed its junior volleyball packages. He also was a match director for iBeach 31, which has a 2nd place in Westfield.

Conner said iBeach 31 is planning to set on a tribute match for Gardellis, which will be held on a yearly basis. “I am heartbroken,” she stated.