Seitz, who is in his 28th year in the athletic department at JSU, served as interim Athletic Director for 14 months, marking his third term as the interim Athletic Director for the Gamecock athletic department.
In Seitz’s five-plus years at the helm, the Gamecocks have seen unprecedented success on the field and in the classroom. The 2015-16 season saw JSU’s highest ever finish in the men’s Capital One Cup at No. 18, ranking the Gamecocks in the top 20 athletic departments among 347 NCAA Division I athletic programs. The 2016-17 season also saw JSU finish in the top 40 at No. 39, tied with Louisville, Harvard and South Carolina and 35 spots ahead of the next Ohio Valley Conference program.
The Gamecocks won a JSU- and Ohio Valley Conference-record five consecutive league titles and won a league-record 36-straight OVC games from 2014 to 2018, the second-longest conference win streak in FCS history.
In the classroom, the Gamecock student-athletes posted a record 3.31 GPA for the 2019-20 academic year, the highest cumulative GPA in school history. The Spring 2020 semester guided the year to its record-breaking mark with an impressive 3.47 GPA for the term. It marked the eighth-straight year the student-athletes achieved at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Additionally, all 17 sports at Jax State posted a team grade point average higher than a 3.0. Prior to 2019-20, a 3.26 cumulative grade-point average in 2017-18 and a 3.20 in 2018-19 were the two highest cumulative GPAs in program history.
Seitz has been instrumental in many of the facility upgrades at Jacksonville State, including renovations at Rudy Abbott Field at Jim Case Stadium, Pete Mathews Coliseum, the Athletic Sports Performance Center and the lobby of the football field house. Seitz was also involved in the design and addition of the football stadium, and the recent softball stadium and dressing room expansion.
In the summer of 2016, Seitz unveiled plans for a $7.5 million renovation to JSU’s Baseball Stadium, Rudy Abbott Field at Jim Case Stadium. The project was completed in time for the 2019 season and includes a 1,000-seat spectator grand stand with a shade canopy, an elevated, shaded entertainment or hospitality deck and service amenities, a new state-of-the-art press box and a game operations center.
Seitz has served on the NCAA Men’s Final Four Media Coordinator team for the last nine years and is currently a member of the NCAA Championships Financial Working Group that was formed in 2019. He was named to the NCAA FCS Football Committee in 2016 and served as the chair of that committee in 2019. In addition, he served as a member of the NCAA Football Oversight Committee in 2019-20 and is as a site representative for the NCAA during the Division I Baseball Regionals and Super Regionals.
He has worked numerous NCAA Championships and Alabama High School Athletic Association events over the last 26 years. In 2002, he became the first SID elected as President of the Alabama Sports Writers Association and currently serves as the organization’s secretary and treasurer.