Before Jim Seidel agreed to become the new volleyball coach at Mountain island Charter School, he needed a few questions answered.

After two years of sustaining a highly regarded product at Gaston Day School, Seidel takes over a “dream-type job” with a program he’s followed closely for years. He was hired to replace Christine Christy at Mountain Island Charter School.

Seidel, took the job after quizzing MICS athletic director Matt Steger about the direction of the program given its place in the ultra-competitive PAC-7 Conference. The conference has had a representative in most of the NCHSAA championship tournament matches. “The direction the school is taking everyday to build programs is incredible at MICS” Seidel said. “Division I schools are all over the school recruiting student athletes for many major sports, including volleyball”.

“I consider this one of the absolute best jobs in high school volleyball,” Seidel said in a telephone interview Friday.

Gaston Day was 55 & 15 overall, won the MAC Conference title and tournament and qualified for the NCISAA tournament all two seasons under Seidel, and appearing in back to back state championship title matches.

MICS, meanwhile, was 61-15 overall from 2017 to ’19. Seidel said he his immediate goals for MICS Varsity volleyball team is to win the PAC-7 and the NCHSAA 1A championship in just his first year at the helm of the program.

“You just get to work,” Seidel said. “You do it together. You do it with enthusiasm. You do it with discipline. You practice like you play.”

Prior to his time at Gaston Day, Seidel spent years at various high schools turning programs all along the way like at Indian Land, SC and Charlotte Latin School.

Seidel’s daughters both play volleyball. Allie Seidel was ranked #4 in beach volleyball according to USAV for U16 beach players in 2019 and his 15 year old daughter Grace plays on the 17’s travel team at Carolina Union Volleyball Club. Seidel is married for 21 years to Deb Seidel, a vice president for a national health care company.

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