Daniel Seiffert is entering his ninth season as the head coach of the MVNU women’s soccer program in 2017. In 2016, Seiffert guided the Lady Cougars to a record of 10-9 and their eighth straight post-season conference tournament appearance. The Lady Cougars also earned, for their seventh straight year, both the NAIA and the NSCAA Team Academic Awards by sporting a team grade point average of 3.59. In addition, the team was also once again honored with the prestigious NSCAA Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award.
Over the past eight years, Seiffert has led the Lady Cougars to: eight straight trips to the conference tournament including twice advancing to the championship match, one NCCAA East Region Tournament title, the program’s first-ever AMC Tournament title, two berths in the NCCAA National Tournament that included a third-place and a seventh-place finish, and the program’s first-ever trip to the NAIA National Championship. In addition, the Lady Cougars were selected from out of 193 women’s soccer programs nationally to receive the prestigious NAIA Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Award in 2011 and have been an NAIA and NSCAA Team Academic Award winner for seven straight years. In 2014 and 2015, Seiffert lead the Lady Cougars to their highest NAIA national ranking ever as the team reached a high of 14th in the NAIA/MRPI National Ranking and 18th in the NAIA National Coaches’ Poll.
Over the past eight seasons, Seiffert has developed eight NCCAA All-Americans including one Michelle Akers NCCAA National Player of the Year and three NAIA All-Americans. In addition, 23 players have earned All-Conference honors with two Conference Players of the Year, 18 players have received NCCAA East Region recognition, and 26 different players have earned NAIA and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete accolades. In addition, 10 players have earned Capital One/COSIDA Academic All-American and/or All District honors. Seiffert was also named the 2009 NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year and currently serves on the NAIA National Oversight Committee for women’s soccer.
A four-year member of the MVNU men’s soccer team from 2003-2006, Seiffert played in all 76 matches during his career with 69 starts as the Cougars went 40-28-8. He played primarily on the defensive side of the ball and helped the team post 22 shutouts during his career. He was named to the NCCAA East Region Team and earned All-AMC honors as a senior and then capped off his career by being selected as the NCCAA’s Kyle Rote, Jr. National Player of the Year – an honor recognizing playing ability, scholastic achievement, positive leadership qualities, and Christian character. He was also a two-time NAIA and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete. He graduated from MVNU in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in integrated mathematics education and a minor in business administration.
Seiffert and his wife Mary currently reside in Westerville. In addition to coaching the women’s soccer team, he is also the Director of Intramurals at MVNU. He earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Science and Coaching from Ohio University in 2012. He holds his NSCAA Premier Diploma, his USSF ‘B” license, and is currently a USSF ‘A-Senior’ Candidate, He also has obtained his NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma and in the off-season, Seiffert is an assistant coach for the Columbus Eagles FC, a WPSL women’s soccer team in Columbus, Ohio.
In 2017, Rick Seiffert begins his ninth year on the sideline as an assistant coach with the MVNU women’s soccer program. His coaching experience spans 42 years in four sports, including three sports at the varsity level. He has coached soccer for 32 years at every age level from youth up through men’s and women’s soccer at the high school varsity, premier club, and collegiate levels.
Seiffert, who graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and marketing, played college football for the Rockets. Among his most recent coaching accomplishments, he coached Futbolitis, an adult 3v3 soccer team, to four ESPN/ Kick It: Wide World of Sports national championships and served as Director of Upward Soccer at Genoa Church. He is licensed through the United Soccer Coaches Association, formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and he holds college coaching professional certification.
Seiffert and his wife of 40 years, Paula, reside in Lewis Center, Ohio. The couple has four children – Amy, Bethany, Daniel (who are all alumni of MVNU and played soccer for the Cougars), and Luke, a 2013 MVNU graduate.
Mary Seiffert is entering her first season as the head coach of the MVNU women’s soccer reserve team and her second year as an assistant coach to the first team (she was also a part of the coaching staff during the 2012 season). Prior to this, she served as a full-time assistant coach for Denison University women’s soccer for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Seiffert has coached at all levels of the game and currently holds a USSF National “D” License, an NSCAA Junior Level V Diploma, and an NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I Diploma.
In addition to working with the MVNU teams, Seiffert is a coach with the Classics Eagles premier youth club based out of Lewis Center, Ohio. She has been involved with the club since 2013 and will be coaching teams in the Senior Development Academy for the 2017-18 season. She served on the coaching and women’s ministry staff with Chicago Eagles in the summers of 2010 and 2012 (a division of Missionary Athletes International) and has also coached at the premier youth club level and high school level while in Michigan.
As a player, Seiffert (formally Koscielniak) spent her collegiate career playing at Cornerstone University (Mich.) where she was a four-year starter and two-year captain. During her time with the Golden Eagles, Seiffert was a three-time WHAC All-Conference honoree including 1st Team in 2007 and twice earned NAIA Region VIII All-Region 2nd Team honors. She received the WHAC’s NAIA Champions of Character Award in 2005 and Cornerstone University’s Outstanding Female Athlete Award in 2006. In February of 2015, she was the second women’s soccer player ever to be inducted into Cornerstone University’s Hall of Honor.
During her collegiate career Seiffert also played for the Chicago Eagles IWSL U-23 team for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. After college Seiffert played at the semi-professional level with the USL W-League’s West Michigan Firewomen in 2008. Currently she plays and serves as captain for the WPSL’s Columbus Eagles FC.
Seiffert, a native of Grand Haven, Michigan, earned a degree in Youth Ministry/Bible from Cornerstone University in 2008 and a Masters of Arts degree in Religion from Olivet Nazarene University in 2010. She and her husband Daniel currently reside in Westerville, Ohio.