Michael Seemann Hired As Assistant Volleyball Coach

April 3, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Michael Seemann has been named an assistant volleyball coach at Oregon State, head coach Nancy Somera announced Wednesday.

Seemann comes to Corvallis after a successful club and community college coaching stint in Portland. He had served as head coach at Mt. Hood Community College since 1998, and he had been the head coach for the Nike Northwest Juniors club program since 1999.

'I was ultimately impressed and excited about where Oregon State is going, both in the Pac-10 and in the Northwest,' Seemann said. 'This program is heading in the right direction. Nancy has really built this program in the last three years. It's a real good situation.'

Seemann was named the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) coach of the year in both 2000 and 2001. Mt. Hood went a combined 92-9 during those two seasons and won the NWAACC Championship both years. In four seasons at Mt. Hood, he posted a 159-33 record (.828).

Two of his athletes earned All-American honors, and 11 of his players went on to compete for NCAA or NAIA schools.

Because of his proximity to Corvallis, Somera was already familiar with Seemann's work before her search began, and she was impressed with what she knew of him.

'Because of his Pacific Northwest ties, I have been able to watch him coach over the last few years. I liked his demeanor and discipline. You could see how well his athletes responded to him,' Somera said. 'Those skills, along with his knowledge and championship experience, will certainly help us continue to build a nationally prominent program.'

Seemann will work primarily with OSU's setters, at least at this point. Somera said roles could change as the spring season progresses.

'We felt like it would be an easier transition to keep things consistent, but he will have input in other areas as well,' Somera said.

At the club level, Seemann coached Nike Northwest's 16 and Under team to a second place finish at the National Volleyball Festival in 2001. His 16U team placed third at that same competition in 2000.

Seemann graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Portland State in 1999.

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