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June 28, 2002 -- News Brief
Alumnus coaches team to championship
It was a big win for the Parkland College boys of summer, who brought the National Junior College Athletic Association Baseball championship home to Champaign in May. Understandably proud is head coach Dave Seifert ('93), who came to his post the long way round -- via Oakland, California. An organizational management major while at CBA, Seifert pitched for the Illini during his junior and senior years. Happy to be on the university team, Seifert says "I was an average pitcher who loved baseball."
Dreaming of a career that would combine business and sports, he aspired to become an agent, only to find that, at the time, "agencies were much smaller then and internships mostly went to law students -- there was no place for me." So Seifert applied his business skills to baseball, taking an entry-level position with the Oakland A's as a baseball operations assistant. After a couple of years working in the office on minor league contracts, scouting reports, and worker's compensation issues, he became assistant director of scouting, then assistant to the general manager.
In 1999 he moved back to Illinois as pitching coach at Northern Illinois University. A year later he became associate head coach of the Parkland College Cobras, moving to head coach in 2001. He finds his business education still comes in handy. "Organizational skills tend to be overlooked in coaching," noted Seifert. "But they're very important, between the team travel and the day-to-day demands on my time."
"Winning the championship was a wonderful experience," he said. "But the greatest part was watching the kids -- the thrill in their eyes. That's why I'm coaching."