Michael Sealy begins his 11th season as the head coach of the UCLA women's volleyball team in 2020-2021. Sealy has a 10-year record of 217-102 for a .680 winning percentage and guided the Bruins to a National Championship in 2011.
Last season, the Bruins posted a 19-12 record and finished fourth in the Pac-12 Conference (13-7), advancing to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. UCLA recorded season sweeps of USC and nationally-ranked California and Washington State, and also defeated No. 2 and eventual national champion Stanford. Mac May (Second Team) and Savvy Simo (Honorable Mention) were both named AVCA and VolleyballMag.com All-Americans and each were recognized as AVCA All-Region First Team. May earned Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, while Simo was also named All-Pac-12 First Team. UCLA ranked 19th in the nation in assists per set (13.19), 22nd in kills per set (14.00) and 38th in hitting percentage (.254). Sealy won his 200th match as head coach on Sept. 6 against Texas State.
UCLA won six times against ranked teams in 2018 (13-14), including its first win at Washington in 15 years. The Bruins also defeated ranked teams Baylor, San Diego, Utah, Arizona State and Arizona. UCLA led all Pac-12 teams in digs per set at 17.71, ranking 17th in the nation. May and Zana Muno were each named VolleyballMag.com All-Americans, Muno was selected as an AVCA All-American and May, Muno and Madeleine Gates were honored as All-Pac-12 members.
In 2017, the Bruins went 21-11 and tied for fifth in the Pac-12 (12-8). UCLA advanced to the Round of 16 for the fourth year in a row, defeating Austin Peay and Cal Poly in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. UCLA ranked 30th in the nation in dps (17.15), 35th in aps (13.09) and 38th in kps (13.91). Sarah Sponcil, who was an AVCA and VolleyballMag.com All-American Honorable Mention selection, was 23rd in the country in aps (11.23), while Muno, an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American and All-Region honoree, ranked 41st in dps (4.97). In addition to Muno and Sponcil's plaudits, Gates was named a Second Team AVCA All-American and Honorable Mention VolleyballMag.com All-American, while Reily Buechler picked up AVCA Honorable Mention All-Region honors. The three AVCA All-American awards tied for the most in a single season in school history.
The Bruins went 27-7 in 2016 and tied for second in the Pac-12 (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 made their first Regional Final appearance since 2011. UCLA ranked sixth in the nation in dps and aps and 13th in kps 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, 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.
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, the Pac-12 Libero of the Year, 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. In June of 2016, Sealy was the head coach of the Pac-12 All-Star volleyball team which traveled to China.
In 2014, the Bruins finished 22-12 and in a tie for fourth in the Pac-12 (11-9), reaching the NCAA Regional Semifinals. 2016 Olympian Karsta Lowe earned First Team AVCA All-American and All-Region honors. UCLA led the country in kps (15.10) and aps (14.26), the first time the Bruins led the nation in a stat category since 1997, while Lowe was tops in the country in kps and points per set. Sealy won his 100th match as UCLA's head coach in a sweep at USC.
Lowe was AVCA First Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-American in 2013, as UCLA went 15-15. 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 and All-Region. UCLA was second in the nation in kps (14.76), third in aps (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, No. 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. 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 aps (13.71) and eighth in kps (14.52). Among Pac-12 teams, the Bruins ranked first in aps, second in kps and opponent hitting percentage (.160) and third in dps (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. 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.
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