SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball head coach Nicole Lantange Welch has added a new addition to her coaching staff with the hiring of Chris Seiffert.
"We are fortunate to bring someone of Chris' background in to complete our staff," Lantange Welch said. "The more we talked with Chris, the more strongly we felt he was a great complement to our staff. His playing experience will be a great resource for our team, his expertise in setting and running offenses will no doubt aid in advancing our offense, and his appreciation of using video to help players improve will impact every player. He is ready to put in the necessary work to help us move the program to the next level."
Among other things, Seiffert will take on the role of offensive coordinator for the Gauchos. He will also coordinate the team's travel and video.
Seiffert previously coached at UCLA as a volunteer assistant coach for the university's inaugural women's sand volleyball team in 2013.
Prior to his time at UCLA, Seiffert was an assistant coach at his alma mater with the Long Beach State men's volleyball program from 2011-2012. He served as the 49ers offensive coordinator with a targeted focus on setters.
He has also coached at the professional level during the summer in 2011 and 2012, helping train USA Volleyball affiliated teams for the 2012 Pan American Cup and 2011 World University Games among other tournaments.
In addition to his coaching experience, Seiffert had a playing career in volleyball spanning ten years. In that decade, he competed for various teams in Austria, Greece, Turkey, and in Australia. He would spend the summers between 2001-2011 playing in the AVP Beach Volleyball Tour.
Seiffert has a proven championship pedigree, winning gold as a member of the USA Men's Volleyball Team in the 2005 America's Cup in Brazil. As a member of the national team from 2001-2006, he competed in various events, including the NORCECA Championships, Pan American Games, World League and World Championships. He was also an alternate for the 2004 Olympic Team.
Seiffert spent his college career at Long Beach State where he was a three-time All-American and won gold at the World University Games, defeating France in 2001. His crowning achievement from his illustrious four-year career as the team's starting setter was leading the 49ers to the national championship game in 1999. For his standout performances, he was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.
He still holds the program record with 115 assists in a single match and ranks second in Long Beach State history with a 17.08 assists/game career average.