Seely coaches three sports and then some

By Malik Baker-Gore ‘18

Day in and day out he’s here, always serving his school. Michael Seeley coaches girls’ tennis, boys’ tennis, and he’s the assistant bowling coach. He teaches math, he’s the department chairman, and he’s the freshman class advisor this year.

Coaching girl’s tennis, boy’s tennis, and bowling means he’s coaching during all three seasons, which takes up almost the full school year. There’s a short break between sports, but he’s coaching all the time. He’s also a husband, a father and does some tutoring.

“It’s good to be busy,” says Seeley, “I try and spend as much time as I can with my family, especially on weekends and between seasons. Sometimes if I get home late, I might slam the door a little loudly and see if I ‘accidentally’ wake my daughter to spend some time with her.”

Tennis and bowling tournaments can either be very long or very short. They’re both sports that go on until somebody wins. So there’s no specific time that Seeley gets home. If he experiences any stress, it doesn’t show because Seeley is known for his good humor.

“It can be hard to handle at times, but I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it, and if you enjoy something, it’s not going to be that overwhelming,” he says.

Mr. Seeley certainly enjoys both tennis and bowling. He plays tennis with friends and is in a bowling league on Tuesday nights. They’re the “reigning champions.” He even plays softball during the summer.

Some students jeer at people who play tennis. They think it’s too easy or not physically taxing.  Seeley doesn’t agree.

“It can be as taxing as you want it be. One of the nice things about tennis is it’s a sport you can play for life, so if you’re not capable of too much physical activity, you can still play, but if you want to be competitive, it’s very physically demanding,” he says.

Seeley thinks that sports are a good thing to pick up, not just to keep you active but for the community as well.

            “You know it’s nice to stay competitive, even as a coach you take a lot of satisfaction in seeing the athletes improve, but it’s also nice to win as often as possible,” says Seeley.

In tennis the teams have to spread across two seasons, but in bowling, boys and girls bowl right next to each other because there’s plenty of room. “It’s nice to see boys and girls interact on the bowling team like they’re one big team,” says Seely.

            Seeley gets many things out of his coaching career including activity and community. “Teams aren’t just about playing sports. They’re about the friendships you make,” he says.