A former defensive end for the Wildcats who spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as a graduate assistant, Blake Seiler enters his sixth season at Kansas State and the second as a full-time assistant coach tutoring the Wildcat defensive ends.
It didn't take long for Seiler to make an impact as he coached former walk-on Ryan Mueller to Second Team All-America and Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year accolades. Mueller tied the school record with 11.5 sacks in 2013, a mark that ranked eighth nationally. Mueller, who also ranked 14th in the NCAA with 18.5 tackles for loss, was a First Team All-Big 12 performer by numerous outlets, a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy as the nation's top former or current walk-on and was a candidate for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's best defensive end.
A letterman at K-State form 2004-06, Seiler returned to his alma mater in 2009 as a quality control assistant for defense for two years. He then spent two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant coach where he assisted with the defensive secondary, ran the scout team offense and broke down film. Prior to coaching, Seiler spent two years working as a structural engineer at Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kan.
As a player, Seiler transferred to K-State from Oklahoma State where he was a member of the Cowboys 2003 National Championship wrestling team. The Goddard, Kan., product earned First Team Academic All-Big 12 honors during his final three years in Manhattan while becoming one of the biggest contributors on defense.
As a senior in 2006, Seiler was voted team captain and named the Kansas State Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He made 21 tackles that season, including four sacks, as he registered at least one tackle in 11-of-13 games. He had multiple stops in six games as he helped the Wildcats earn a trip to the 2006 Texas Bowl.
During an 11-game 2005 season, Seiler carded a career-best 34 tackles, including a season-high seven against Texas A&M. That season, Seiler was honored with the program's Nancy Bennett Award, representing fight, spirit and a positive nature.
Seiler saw action in all 11 games in 2004 as a sophomore, being credited with six tackles, including 1.5 for loss. He earned the Kansas State Purple Pride Award as the walk-on that displayed quality play, leadership and work ethic.
Seiler graduated from Kansas State in 2007 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also holds a master's degree in Business Administration from Wichita State University.