Seiler to replace Clements

By The Mercury

Former Kansas State defensive end Blake Seiler, who has spent the past two years as a graduate assistant, has been promoted to assistant coach and will tutor the Wildcats’ defensive ends, head coach Bill Snyder announced Friday night.

Seiler replaces Joe Bob Clements, who left last Sunday to coach defensive ends at Oklahoma State. Sieler is the first announced replacement for two coaches who have left within the last week, including Michael Smith, who is on his way to Arkansas.

A letterman at K-State from 2004-06, Seiler spent the past two seasons as the defensive graduate assistant for Snyder where he assisted the defensive coaching staff in breaking down film and running the scout team.

Prior to his term as a defensive graduate assistant, Seiler served as an office assistant.

“As a student-athlete and a graduate assistant in our program, Blake has epitomized the values represented by our 16 goals in a major way,” Snyder said in a release. “He is a quality individual that excelled on the field at the position he is going to coach and has been vital to our game-to-game preparation these past two years. He is highly respected by our players, coaches and supports staff, and he fits into ‘The Family’ extremely well.”

As a player, Seiler was a former walk-on who transferred to K-State from Oklahoma State where he was a member of the Cowboys wrestling squad.

The Goddard product earned First-Team Academic All-Big 12 honors during his final three years in Manhattan, while becoming a contributor on defense. As a senior in 2006, Seiler made 21 tackles, including a career-best four sacks. He registered at least one tackle in 11 of 13 games and had multiple stops six times as he helped the Wildcats earn a trip to the 2006 Texas Bowl under former coach Ron Prince.

“After spending eight years at K-State as a player and graduate assistant, I am very appreciative that Coach Snyder has granted me the opportunity to join his staff as a full-time assistant coach,” said Seiler in the release. “It’s an honor and a privilege to work at my alma mater, and I look forward to continuing to work with an outstanding group of coaches.”

During an 11-game 2005 season, Seiler carded a career-best 34 tackles, including a season-high seven against Texas A&M. That season, Seiler was honored with the program’s Nancy Bennett Award, representing fight, spirit and a positive nature.

Seiler saw action in all 11 games in 2004 as a sophomore, being credited with six tackles. He earned the Kansas State Purple Pride Award as the walk-on that displayed quality play, leadership and work ethic.

“I’m very excited about adding Blake to the full-time staff,” K-State defensive coordinator Tom Hayes said. “He has a great combination of experience at K-State as both a player and graduate assistant, and his work speaks for itself.

“He is bright, aggressive, works extremely hard and is relatable to our players. He is very deserving of this position.”

Seiler graduated from K-State in 2006 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also has a master’s degree from Wichita State.

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