Mike Sealy leaves Wahine volleyball to replace Banachowski at UCLA
University of Hawai‘i women's volleyball associate coach Mike Sealy is leaving the program to take the head women's volleyball coaching position at UCLA.
Sealy, a former UCLA assistant coach and men’s volleyball standout, will replace Andy Banachowski, the NCAA Division I all-time leader in victories who retired in January after 43 years with the Bruins.
“Mike has been a tremendous asset to our program over the last four years,” UH women's volleyball coach Dave Shoji said in a press release.
“His knowledge has helped improve each player and his tactical expertise has made us a better team. He has a great volleyball mind and he will lead UCLA to great success. We are sorry to lose him, but we wish him all the best in this new endeavor.”
While at UH, Sealy helped the Rainbow Wahine reach the Final Four in 2009 and two Regional Finals in the NCAA Tournament. The Rainbow Wahine won four straight WAC championships and four WAC Tournament titles while Sealy was on staff.
“I would like to first and foremost thank Dave for giving me the opportunity to coach at the University of Hawai‘i,” Sealy said in a press release. “Without the experience I’ve gained at UH, I would not be in a position to be able to move on to head coaching.
“This has been an amazing chapter in my life and I am very saddened for it to come to a close for now. Hawai’i will always be a home for me and I look forward to any and every opportunity to come back.”
Sealy was in charge of scouting, breaking down film, recruiting and providing technical training in practices at UH.