Michael Seabolt begins his eighth season at Missouri State in 2014. He is involved with all facets of the men's soccer program on and off the field, and oversees the Bears' recruiting. Prior to the 2009 campaign, Seabolt was promoted from assistant to associate head coach. He has helped lead MSU from a 6-win team in 2007 to a 12-win team in 2009. The 12-win season in 2009 marked the first time in 10 years that the Bears captured the regular-season Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) title and an NCAA tournament bid. Seabolt and the Missouri State coaches have been named MVC Coaching Staff of the Year in 2009 and 2013.
The Bears broke several school records in 2013, including leading the nation in goals against average (8 goals allowed in 18 games) for the first time in program history. The Bears allowed just one goal in conference play and recorded 10 shutouts (including 7 consecutive) on the season. Seabolt was recognized for the second time on the Missouri Valley Conference Coaching Staff of the Year after winning the MVC regular-season title.
Seabolt and the MSU coaching staff orchestrated an imposing defensive product in 2012, limiting opponents to 14 goals, which tied a school record for fewest goals allowed in a single season. Additionally, the Bears' defense recorded six shutouts and allowed just three multi-goal games through 17 matches.
In 2011, he helped lead the Bears to their second regular-season title in three years as they clinched the top seed for the MVC Tournament and a share of the crown with NCAA semifinalist Creighton. MSU also collected its first win over a top-five opponent with a 1-0 shutout of No. 4 Creighton at Plaster Field on October 12, 2011.
During his 14-year NCAA coaching career, he has collected three conference championships and one national title, while coaching three different NCAA programs from losing records into the NCAA Tournament in less than four years. Seabolt has been the coach or recruiter for 61 all-conference team members, 27 all-region team members, five All-Americans, 26 academic all-conference selections, 10 academic all-region honorees, five CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, five conference Players of the Year and one National Player of the Year. In addition, he has recruited and/or coached 12 Major League Soccer (MLS) players, 10 lower division professional soccer players in the U.S., nine overseas professional soccer players, six youth national team members, three full national team members and one player who starts for the U.S. Men's National Team and plays in the English Premier League.
Seabolt came to Missouri State after a three-year stint as the head men's soccer coach at West Virginia University. He led the Mountaineers to 13 wins in 2005 to tie a school record. The team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1992 and won a tournament game for the first time since 1981. He guided the Mountaineers from five wins in 2003 to 12 the following season and the school's first-ever Big East Conference tournament victory. During his time as head coach from 2003-06, Seabolt recruited and developed the school's first seven players to play in the MLS and another three that went on to play professionally in England. Prior to becoming head coach, he was the top assistant coach at WVU for a season.
He arrived at WVU from the Colorado Rapids of the MLS, where he was an assistant coach for two years. During this time, Seabolt was also the head coach of the Boulder Rapids Reserve, a team that went 12-4-4 and played in the Premier Development League (PDL) national championship game in 2002.
For two seasons (2000-01), Seabolt was the top assistant at the University of Tampa, where he helped guide the Spartans to an undefeated season and the NCAA Division II national title in 2001. While at Tampa, he coached Division II National Player of the Year Roy Fink, who is now the head coach at the University of New Haven. Also from 2000-03, Seabolt served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association National Team. Prior to the University of Tampa, he spent one season as an assistant with the former Tampa Bay Mutiny of the MLS.
His first collegiate job was with Elon University from 1999 to 2000 as an assistant with the men's team. He also spent one season as the men's club soccer player/coach at Duke University during his time in law school.
In 2012, Seabolt was brought on board by U.S. Soccer to be a U.S. Development Academy scout at the U-16 and U-18 age groups. He has also worked with the Springfield Soccer Club since 2008. Currently, he is the SSC Director of Coaching and Assistant Director of their NPL teams. On the club circuit, his SSC teams have won two state championships and one regional championship, and picked up one national finalist and one regional semifinalist finishes.
Seabolt, who is a USSF "A" licensed coach, graduated cum laude with a degree in political science from Trinity University in 1996 and is a member of the Phi Kappa Beta honor society. He graduated from the Duke University School of Law in 2000. Outside of soccer, Seabolt is an avid skier and had the opportunity to spend two endless winters teaching skiing and working with the Ski Meisters before becoming a coach.