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TU's Haith Announces Seals Will Return

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University of Tulsa Head Basketball Coach Frank Haith announced today that former Golden Hurricane All-American Shea Seals will continue in the position of the Director of Student-Athlete Development/Team Manager.

Seals spent the past two seasons in the same capacity on Danny Manning's Golden Hurricane staff.

"We're excited to have Shea remain with our basketball program. He obviously had a tremendous career at Tulsa and his experience as a TU student-athlete is extremely beneficial to our players," said Haith. "Shea's knowledge of the area and his background as a high school coach in Oklahoma will definitely assist us in getting to know the state's high school programs and coaches."

Before returning to Tulsa, Seals spent seven years coaching high school basketball in the city of Tulsa, compiling an overall 130-45 record. He was the head basketball coach for five seasons at Booker T. Washington High School.

In his tenure, Seals' teams posted a 102-22 record, won state championships in 2010 and 2011, finished as the state runner-up in 2008 and a state semifinalist in 2009. In 2011, the Hornets compiled a 21-0 record en route to their second consecutive state championship, while earning a Rivals.com final high school national ranking of No. 22.

Previously, Seals coached for three seasons at his alma mater, Tulsa McLain High School. He spent the 2004-05 season as an assistant coach and took over as head coach a year later. Seals' proceeded to lead McLain High School to a two-year mark of 28-23 and a state quarterfinals appearance in 2006.

Before entering the coaching profession, Seals spent seven years in professional basketball. He began his career with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1997-98 before suffering an ACL injury in the summer after his rookie season. He played six years in Europe and Asia and one season in the NBDL.

During his TU career, Seals was on Tulsa teams that compiled an overall 93-34 record, made four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the "Sweet Sixteen", won two MVC regular season championships and one MVC Tournament title. In 1994, Seals led Tulsa to the school's first-ever "Sweet Sixteen" in 1994 with wins over UCLA and Oklahoma State and duplicated that feat a year later with victories against Illinois and Old Dominion.

Seals became the school's all-time scoring leader with 2,228 points, a mark that still stands today, and also completed his career record of Tulsa charts for rebounds with 777, assists with 388 and steals with 222. He earned first-team all-conference honors in his final three seasons, twice in the MVC and as a senior in the Western Athletic Conference. He went on to receive third-team Associated Press All-America merits as a senior and had his No. 21 jersey retired in his final home game of the 1996-97 campaign.

Seals earned his bachelor's degree in social studies in 1997 from The University of Tulsa. He and his wife, Rosa, have four children: sons Jeval, Shea Ari, Shemar and daughter Viola.

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