A Year in the Life of a Volleyball Coach | Jim Seidel Volleyball
Most people go through life and are pretty busy. Then talk to a volleyball parent and the definition of busy gets a lot different. How about a volleyball parent with daughters in separate beach and indoor programs, own a business, have a wife who travels for her job as an executive in health care and then on top of that, toss in volleyball coach for high school and club for good measure. It all started about 15 years ago when Jim Seidel first took up beach volleyball as a sport. Jump ahead 15 years and it’s October 27, 2018 and he’s coaching indoor volleyball for the North Carolina state high school championship. Jump ahead 12 months from that and it’s now October 2019 and Jim has just finished a 12 & 1 JV volleyball season head coaching, and finished the varsity season 31 & 5 and just won the Metrolina Area Conference regular season and tournament.
It’s starts on a Monday morning getting ready to open the Carolina Meat & Fish Co. But before that, it’s an hour on the phone with head coach Derek Bing, game planning and discussing Jim’s scouting reports on upcoming and potential opponents. Off to the Carolina Meat & Fish Co, Charlotte’s award winning meat & fish market. A quick change of clothes and off to practice on the 45 – 60 minute each way commute to Gaston Day. This possibly repeats on Tuesday through the rest of the week during high school season, but then toss in missing a practice here and there to watch his daughter play volleyball at Indian Land High School, or attend his other daughter’s beach volleyball practice at beach South Volleyball Club or a private lesson with a former USC Gamecock beach player.
Then indoor AAU and USAV club volleyball season starts. In 2018 Jim was head coach for a 15 regional team, and assistant to a 15 national team at Carolina Union Volleyball Club. Seidel enters his 4th season at Carolina Union Volleyball Club as a club coach for AAU/JVA/USAV. In the 2019/2020 season Jim will coach their 17 National team, or orange team. Previously he coached 13’s through 15’s teams in AAU and USAV. In 2018 while coaching 15 White, they came in 1st at the AAU Spring Fling, 2nd in Myrtle Beach at the Winter Bump and 2nd at the Rally Rumble, then finished 17th at the Queen City Classic, finished 9th at the Greensboro AAU Super Regional, 16th at the Charlotte JVA Challenge, 13th at the Charlotte AAU Grand Prix. Jim also coached a 15’s regional team that had the 4th highest ranking point increase in the Western Carolina Region, 11th overall and competed in the Carolina Regional Championship. That same team also won Silver at the I-85 League, took 3rd in Gold two times, and took 2nd in Gold, won Gold and captured 2nd in Copper. Jim has coached numerous teams that have competed and placed at the Big South Tournament and at AAU Nationals in Orlando, FL. Whew! Did you get all that?
Beach Season begins to overlap with indoor season as his oldest daughter begins tournament play. As a beach coach, Jim coached various beach teams in 2019 to Gold in the 18 Open at the USAV Junior Beach Tournament in Charlotte, NC, Silver in the 16’s Gulf Coast Regional Championships in Alabama and Bronze in the 16 Open at the Catawba College Beach Tournament. Allie and Grace Painter of Charlotte Catholic, both 16, earned a bid to the USAV Carolina Regional Beach Championships for U16 after winning a silver medal at a USA Volleyball Carolina Region Junior Beach Tournament at Carolina Courts in Indian Trail, N.C., on June 1. Seidel and Madeline Holmes, 15, of Marvin Ridge High School, placed second in the 18 Open Division at the USAV Junior Beach Tournament on June 29 at Renaissance Park in Charlotte. This earned them a bid to the USAV Carolina Regionals Beach Championships for U18.
This win placed Seidel as the overall No. 3 ranked USAV 16-year-old beach volleyball player in South Carolina, and ranked her 512th nationally.
Seidel has earned invitational bids to the Amateur Athletic Union, West Coast AAU Jr. Olympic Games in Santa Monica, Calif., as well as the two bids to the Carolina Region Junior Beach Regional Championships.
The family takes July off…
August begins school ball pre-workouts and tryouts begin and it starts all over again.
In coaching high school volleyball, Jim has been involved with 3 players committing to play in college at Catawba College, Emory University and Erskine College. He’s coached teams in 2018 with four All Conference players and four all state players. In 2019 Jim coached 6 all MAC Conference players and four all state players, (NC).
Coached and trained Setter with 3,500 career Assists – Sidney Bing. Coached and trained outside hitter where she achieved a 2,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs, LauraLee Hurst.
#1 seed in the NCISAA State Championship playoffs for the state of North Carolina, 2019.
Winner of the MAC Conference Tournament 2019.
Coached and trained 6 players to the ALL Conference team 2019.
Runners up NCISAA State Championship Match, 2018.
Runners up MAC Conference 2018.
Runners up MAC Conference Tournament.
In club volleyball Jim has had 63% of his players move up to the next level immediately the following year(s) after leaving his team. College volleyball coaches may connect with Jim easily on www.FieldLevel.com
So next time you’re thinking of a coach, think of Jim and what it takes to be a really good volleyball coach. The dedication and hours of training players and teams, watching film, all to win and get the players better for their next match, tournament for beach outing or getting them recruited to play at an even higher level in college.