Feb. 10, 2010
LOS ANGELES - UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced on Wednesday that Mike Sealy has been named head coach of the Bruin women's volleyball program. Sealy returns to his alma mater after spending the last four seasons as an associate head coach at the University of Hawai'i. He was a three-time All-American and an assistant coach for four years with the UCLA men's volleyball team and was an assistant with the Bruin women's volleyball program in 2005.
"We are excited to welcome back Mike Sealy to lead the women's volleyball program," Guerrero said. "Mike clearly possesses the necessary credentials to allow UCLA to compete at the highest level. He is well-respected in the volleyball community and has an enthusiastic and passionate approach towards the game. Furthermore, as a former Bruin player and coach, he understands the tradition of excellence that has defined the volleyball programs at UCLA and I am confident that he will continue that legacy of success with ambition and integrity."
"I am very excited and inspired to be back at UCLA," said Sealy, who will assume his head coaching duties on March 1. "I feel very fortunate and humbled to take over a program with such a storied history. I would like to thank Dan Guerrero and (Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Women's Administrator) Petrina Long for giving me this opportunity and for supporting my vision for the future of the program."
Sealy helped Hawai'i to a berth in the National Semifinals in 2009. The Rainbow Wahine recorded their second-straight, 30-win season last year, going 32-3 overall. They also posted a 16-0 mark in conference play to earn their 14th-straight Western Athletic Conference title and went on to claim their 10th-consecutive WAC Tournament championship. Sealy's record during his tenure at Hawai'i was 119-19 (.862 winning percentage).
Prior to his stint at Hawai'i, Sealy coached for four seasons at UCLA, where he was an assistant on the men's side from 2003-2006 and an assistant for the women's volleyball team in 2005. In his lone season on the women's side, the Bruins posted a 20-11 record and advanced to the Regional Semifinals. With the UCLA men, Sealy was 91-38 (.705) during his four campaigns, helping the Bruins to an NCAA Championship in 2006 and an NCAA Runner-Up finish in 2005. Sealy was also a volunteer assistant with the Cal State Northridge men's volleyball team in 2000 before working in the same capacity with the UCLA men in 2001.
One of the top setters in UCLA history, Sealy was a four-year letterwinner with the Bruins from 1990-93 and ranks fourth in Bruin annals in assists (4,749). In his senior season, Sealy and the Bruins won the program's 14th National Championship, going 24-3. The team captain was named the co-Most Outstanding Player of the 1993 NCAA Tournament and also earned ASICS/Volleyball Monthly Player of the Year and AVCA All-American first-team honors. In addition, Sealy was named an All-American in 1991 (first-team) and 1992 (third-team), as well as All-Conference three times. The Bruins won three conference titles during Sealy's playing days, going 80-24 (.769) during his four years.
Following his playing career in Westwood, Sealy went on to play professionally in Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and Puerto Rico. He also played with the U.S. National Team in 1994 and 1997.
Sealy graduated from UCLA in 1993 with a degree in physiological science.
Sealy replaces women's volleyball icon Andy Banachowski, who retired as UCLA's head coach on Jan. 11.