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Updated: Seeliger named BGHS football coach (02-19-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 14:07
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Scott Seeliger
Scott Seeliger's love of coaching and kids have him back in the profession.
The former Bowling Green State University assistant football coach is the new  head football coach at BGHS.
Seeliger's hiring was approved during Tuesday's BG board of education meeting.
The 63-year-old takes over for Steve Aungst, who resigned for "family reasons" after three seasons. BGHS was 11-19 overall and 5-16 in the Northern Lakes League during Aungst's tenure, including records of 3-7, 1-6 last fall.
"I've always loved coaching and I've always missed it when I wasn't doing it," he said.
Seeliger spent time helping with the BGSU youth football camps last summer and assisted with his brother-in-law's third- and fourth-grade team last fall.
"All of that got the bug going and when the job opened, it just seemed like the right thing," he said.
He coached at BGSU from 1979-84 and 1991-95. He's been a position coach for the defensive ends and all four spots on the offensive line. He also was an assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. In between his stints at BGSU, he was an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin.
"I love being around kids," he said. "I enjoy helping them grow as players and as people, and when they do that, their expectations go up. When that happens, that's when you get a good football team. Everyone wants to do the stuff on game day, but you have to do the things during the week to be successful and that's what we have to work on."
BGHS won five or fewer games in 10 of its last 11 seasons and the Bobcats haven't won an NLL championship since 2000, the last year they advanced to the state playoffs.
"His football background speaks for itself," said BGHS athletics director Mike Vannett, adding Seeliger was selected from a pool of 25-30 applicants. "Being from the community and knowing Bowling Green and knowing about what we need to get things rolling, we felt that was a very positive thing for us. He's well thought of in the community.
"We felt we had a person who stood out, who had what we were looking for in terms of his background, his enthusiasm and his vision for the program," Vannett added.
Seeliger expected to meet his players today.
"I'm looking forward to watching a lot of film, and talking with the coaches and talking with the players (both returning players and graduating seniors), and getting a good feel for the program," Seeliger said.
Seeliger's first priority is to increase number of players in the program, starting with the middle school and going up through the junior varsity and varsity teams. He also wants to have a solid youth program.
"We want to grow the numbers, and get a good pride in the program, a desire to be a part of something special," he said.
Seeliger also is hoping to get the community excited about the program. He hopes to do that by having the team involved in several community projects and by supporting other activities at the high school.
"We can't just be a football team that is only about us, isolated from everyone else," he said. "If there are people in the community who know a football player, they'll come out and watch him."
Seeliger said the team's offensive and defensive  formations would be dictated by the team's personnel.
"We'll probably be a pro-style offense" he said. "I like the idea of what's being done with the quarterbacks and giving them the opportunity to run or throw it, and having a wide-open approach, taking advantages in the open field.
"On defense, we'll probably be a 4-3 with 11 guys flying to the ball. We want to be aggressive and we'll want to bring pressure on the quarterback."
Seeliger also served as the director of high school and alumni relations for the BGSU football program from 1999-2011.
He played college football at Iowa State. He was the starting tight end in 1971 when the team went to the Sun Bowl.
He was the head football coach and math teacher at Sauk Prairie High School in Prairie du Sac, Wis. from 1973-77.
Seeliger is a 1972 graduate of ISU, earning a bachelor's degree in mathematics.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:22
 

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