Michael Sealy begins his eighth season as the head coach of the UCLA women's volleyball team in 2017. Sealy has a seven-year record of 164-65 for a .716 winning percentage and guided the Bruins to a National Championship in 2011.
Last season, the Bruins went 27-7 and tied for second in the Pac-12 Conference (15-5). UCLA, which won its first seven matches for its best start to a season since 2006, won 10 times against ranked teams, including a season sweep of eventual national champion Stanford, the first sweep of the Cardinal since 2011, as well as a sweep of cross-town rival USC. The Bruins reached a Regional Semifinal for the third year in a row, while also making its first Regional Final appearance since 2011. UCLA ranked sixth in the nation in digs and assists per set a year ago and 13th in kills per set, while also ranking first in the conference in dps and aps and second in kps. The dps mark of 17.88 was tied for the second-best total in school history. Four Bruins picked up VolleyballMag.com All-American honors, as Taylor Formico, the back-to-back Pac-12 Libero of the Year, was named to the First Team, Reily Buechler to the Third Team and Jordan Anderson and Jennie Frager to the Honorable Mention Team. Those four, plus Torrey Van Winden (First Team), were selected to the AVCA All-Region Team, while all five were honored on the All-Pac-12 squads.
In 2015, the Bruins posted a record of 25-8, placing fourth in the Pac-12 (14-6). Three Bruins were named AVCA All-Americans, tying for the most awards in a single season in school history. Formico earned Third Team honors, while Anderson and Claire Felix picked up Honorable Mention nods. All three players were also named AVCA Pacific South All-Region First Team, and a total of six Bruins were on the All-Pac-12 squads. Formico was the league Libero of the Year and All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, Anderson was named First Team and Felix, Buechler, Frager and Zana Muno each notched Honorable Mention plaudits. In the summer of 2016, Sealy was the head coach of the Pac-12 All-Star volleyball team which traveled to China in June.
In 2014, the Bruins finished 22-12 and in a tie for fourth in the Pac-12 (11-9), reaching the NCAA Regional Semifinals. Five Bruins were named to the All-Pac-12 Teams, as Karsta Lowe earned All-Pac-12, All-Region and AVCA All-America First Team accolades, while Buechler, Formico and Julie Consani were All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention. UCLA led the country in kills (15.10) and assists (14.26) per set in 2014, the first time the Bruins led the nation in a stat category since 1997, while Lowe was tops in the country in kills and points per set.
A trio of Bruins were named to the All-Pac-12 Teams in 2013, as Lowe earned First Team to go with her AVCA All-Region First Team and All-America Honorable Mention accolades. UCLA went 15-15, recording a 6-14 mark in Pac-12 play. In 2012, the Bruins posted a 23-8 record, finishing in a tie for fourth in the Pac-12 with a 14-6 mark and advancing to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Two Bruins, Rachael Kidder and Tabi Love, were named All-American, All-Region and All-Pac-12. UCLA was second in the nation in kills per set (14.76) in 2012, third in assists per set (13.84) and fifth in hitting percentage (.295), which was also the second-best, single-season total in program history. The Bruins led all Pac-12 teams in hitting and were second in kps and aps.
In 2011, Sealy led the Bruins to the program's fourth NCAA title and seventh National Championship. The Bruins posted a 30-6 record and defeated four-time defending champion Penn State, #1-overall seed Texas, Florida State and Illinois en route to the championship. Sealy was named the AVCA National Coach of the Year. The Bruins finished second in the Pac-12 with a 17-5 record. Six players were honored on the All-Conference teams, while Kidder, the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament, was a First Team All-American and All-Region selection. Zoë Nightingale and Lauren Van Orden were also named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. UCLA finished fifth in the nation in assists per set (13.71) and eighth in kills per set (14.52). Among Pac-12 teams, the Bruins ranked first in aps, second in kps and opponent hitting percentage (.160) and third in digs per set (15.95).
In his first campaign, Sealy guided the Bruins to a 22-9 record, a fourth-place finish in the Pacific-10 Conference (11-7) and a Second Round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Three Bruins were named to the All-Pac-10 Team in 2010, with Dicey McGraw earning First Team, as well as All-Pacific Region Honorable Mention accolades. UCLA finished in the top half of the Pac-10 in digs (2nd, 15.41), assists (4th, 13.46), kills (4th, 14.26) and aces (5th, 1.20) per set along with opponent hitting percentage (4th, .187).
Sealy spent part of the summer of 2012 in London at the Olympic Games, serving as a scout coach for the U.S. men's volleyball team.
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced on Feb. 10, 2010 the hiring of Sealy as head coach of the Bruin women's volleyball program. Sealy returned to his alma mater after spending four seasons (2006-09) as an associate head coach at the University of Hawai'i. He was a three-time All-American and an assistant coach for four years with the UCLA men's volleyball team and was an assistant with the Bruin women's volleyball program in 2005.
Sealy helped Hawai'i to a berth in the National Semifinals in 2009. The Rainbow Wahine recorded their second-straight, 30-win season last year, going 32-3 overall. They also posted a 16-0 mark in conference play to earn their 14th-straight Western Athletic Conference title and went on to claim their 10th-consecutive WAC Tournament championship. Sealy's record during his tenure at Hawai'i was 119-19 (.862 winning percentage).
Prior to his stint at Hawai'i, Sealy coached for four seasons at UCLA, where he was an assistant on the men's side from 2003-2006 and an assistant for the women's volleyball team in 2005. In his lone season on the women's side, the Bruins posted a 20-11 record and advanced to the Regional Semifinals. With the UCLA men, Sealy was 91-38 (.705) during his four campaigns, helping the Bruins to an NCAA Championship in 2006 and an NCAA Runner-Up finish in 2005. Sealy was also a volunteer assistant with the CSUN men's volleyball team in 2000 before working in the same capacity with the UCLA men in 2001.
One of the top setters in UCLA history, Sealy was a four-year letterwinner with the Bruins from 1990-93 and ranks fourth in Bruin annals in assists (4,749). In his senior season, Sealy and the Bruins won the program's 14th National Championship, going 24-3. The team captain was named the co-Most Outstanding Player of the 1993 NCAA Tournament and also earned ASICS/Volleyball Monthly Player of the Year and AVCA All-American first-team honors. In addition, Sealy was named an All-American in 1991 (first-team) and 1992 (third-team), as well as All-Conference three times. The Bruins won three conference titles during Sealy's playing days, going 80-24 (.769) during his four years.
Following his playing career in Westwood, Sealy went on to play professionally in Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and Puerto Rico. He also played with the U.S. National Team in 1994 and 1997.
Sealy graduated from UCLA in 1993 with a degree in physiological science.