A former defensive end for Kansas State under head coach Bill Snyder, Blake Seiler enters his seventh season on the K-State staff and his third as a full-time assistant coach tutoring the defensive ends.
It hasn’t taken long for Seiler to make an impact, and one has to look no further than former walk-on Ryan Mueller. Seiler coached Mueller to two-straight First Team All-Big 12 honors as a junior and senior, while he was the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2013 and a Second Team All-American that season. Mueller carded 11.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks as a senior in 2014, helping Seiler’s group total over half of the team’s sack total in 2014.
Mueller was also a two-time candidate for the Ted Hendricks Award, while, in 2014, he was a candidate for the Bednarik, Nagurski and Lombardi awards. Thanks to the teachings of Seiler, Mueller tied the school record with 11.5 sacks in 2013, a mark that ranked eighth nationally, and he left K-State tied for fifth in school history with 20.5 in his career.
A letterman at K-State form 2004-06, Seiler returned to his alma mater in 2009 as a quality control assistant for defense for two years. He then spent two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant coach where he assisted with the secondary, ran the scout team offense and broke down film. Prior to coaching, Seiler spent two years working as a structural engineer at Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas.
Prior to the 2003 football season, Seiler transferred to K-State from Oklahoma State where he was a member of the Cowboys 2003 National Championship wrestling team. The Goddard, Kansas, product earned First Team Academic All-Big 12 honors during his final three years in Manhattan while becoming one of the biggest contributors on defense.
As a senior in 2006, Seiler was voted team captain and named the Kansas State Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He made 21 tackles that season, including four sacks, as he registered at least one tackle in 11-of-13 games. He had multiple stops in six games as he helped the Wildcats earn a trip to the 2006 Texas Bowl.
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, including 1.5 for loss. He earned the Kansas State Purple Pride Award as the walk-on that displayed quality play, leadership and work ethic.
Seiler graduated from Kansas State in 2007 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Wichita State University. He is married to the former Inge Jorgensen.