West Virginia hiring K-State defensive assistant Blake Seiler

Blake Seiler, 34, spent the past 10 seasons as a Kansas State defensive assistant. Now he’s joining Neal Brown’s staff at West Virginia.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Blake Seiler, who spent the past decade as a Kansas State defensive assistant, has agreed to become West Virginia’s linebackers coach, according to multiple reports.

With the addition, new Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown has two full-time staff vacancies to fill.

Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports first reported the hiring.

Seiler, 34, has ties to West Virginia defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, with both having coached at K-State in 2009.

Seiler earned $440,000 last year as defensive coordinator when the Wildcats ranked third in Big 12 defense allowing 25.4 points per game. After Bill Snyder’s retirement, Seiler was retained by new K-State head coach Chris Klieman but was transitioning back to being a position coach with a salary of $300,000.

Seiler’s move has a personal side, according to GoPowercat.com, because his wife Inge Jorgensen is excited about moving closer to her family. She’s a Western Pennsylvania native who became a three-time ACC javelin champion at Virginia.

From 2004-2006, Seiler ascended from walk-on to team captain as a K-State defensive end. He began his college career as a wrestler on Oklahoma State’s 2003 national championship team.

Seiler began his coaching career in 2009 as a quality control coach at K-State and spent two years as a graduate assistant. From 2013-2016 he coached the Wildcats’ defensive ends, developing pass-rushers Ryan Mueller and Jordan Willis into All-Americans.

Over the past two seasons, Seiler focused on linebackers.

Blake Seiler became a team captain at Kansas State before spending a decade as a defensive assistant. He helped develop pass-rushers Jordan Willis and Ryan Mueller into All-Americans.

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