Sean Burdette is entering his third year as the head coach of the Phoenix volleyball team in 2016, after guiding Green Bay to a 12-win improvement in 2015, including signature wins against Pac-12 and Mountain West opponents Cal and UNLV. Despite a quarterfinal loss to Northern Kentucky in the Horizon League Tournament, the Phoenix posted an overall record of 17-13 under Burdette’s leadership last season— more than tripling its 2014 win total (5)— which marked the highest single- season win increase (12) in program history since becoming a Division I institution.
Additionally, Burdette oversaw senior libero Jillian Bauer’s development into the 2015 Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, the second ever player to do so in program history, as well as Lydia DeWeese and Jessica Wolf’s progressions into All-Conference performers. On the recruiting trail, Burdette along with assistant Jeanette Waldo have shown the ability to secure a number of the state’s top high-school players, including an incoming class featuring a two-time State Champion at DSHA, setter Maddie Yoss.
Burdette was hired as the head coach of the Green Bay volleyball program on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. He recently served as a top assistant at the University of Mississippi from 2011-13 and he spent three seasons as head coach at Bradley University (2008-10).
A proven leader and elite recruiter, Burdette has worked with several successful programs and players throughout his coaching career. Prior to his stints at Ole Miss and Bradley, Burdette made assistant and associate head coaching stops at Ohio State, Towson and Pittsburgh.
In three seasons as an assistant at Ole Miss, Burdette was responsible for coordinating offensive and defensive systems, as well as all video and statistical technology within the program. He helped land a pair of top-100 recruits in the class of 2013, and also developed an AVCA All-American, a USA Volleyball National A-2 Team Member and multiple All-SEC honorees.
Burdette inherited a Bradley team that went 3-28 prior to his arrival as head coach in 2008, and was able to increase the program’s win totals in each of his first two seasons. He lowered the program’s NCAA RPI by nearly 50 spots by the time of his departure, and Bradley volleyball also saw more than 100 percent increases in average attendance in each of his three years at the helm.
Burdette’s teams excelled in the classroom during his time at Bradley, as his program was recognized for having a 100 percent NCAA Graduation Success Rate. His teams also earned AVCA Team Academic Awards in all three seasons and posted an impressive 3.48 team grade-point average in 2009-10.
Burdette played a key role in leading the Ohio State’s perennial top-25 program to three NCAA Tournament appearances from 2003-08. As an assistant coach he was responsible for player development and recruitment, helping the Buckeyes to an Elite Eight in 2004, a Sweet 16 in 2006 and a Second Round showing in 2005. Burdette’s teams recorded 101 wins in five seasons, including a 30-4 mark during the 2004 run to the Elite Eight.
He was involved in assembling some of the nation’s top recruiting classes while at OSU, including the fourth-best class according to PrepVolleyball.com in 2004. Burdette mentored several national and Big Ten honorees, including the 2004 AVCA Player of the Year, Asics/Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year. In total, Burdette worked with 13 All-Americans, eight All-Big Ten players and seven AVCA All-Region selections.
Prior to joining Ohio State, Burdette was the associate head coach at Towson from 2000-03. His Tigers won the 2001 American East Conference regular season championship, finishing with a 28-4 record while recording the highest winning percentage in school history. Towson went 23-10 in Burdette’s final season, marking the first back-to-back 20-win campaigns in program history since 1989-90.
Burdette spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh from 1997-00, serving as recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator. He helped the Panthers to a pair of Big East Tournament appearances, including a trip to the finals in 1997, and worked with six All-Big East selections.
While completing work toward his degree, Burdette spent the 1996 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Ohio State. The Buckeyes went 27-6, finished third in the Big Ten and advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinals.
Burdette also played club volleyball for the Ohio State men’s team from 1990-93, as well as for the Buckeyes’ varsity team from 1989-90. He was team captain and a First Team All-Big Ten pick in 1993, helping lead his squad to a Big Ten Championship, a MIVA Championship and a No. 2 national ranking.
He went on to serve as head coach of both the men’s and women’s club teams at OSU, guiding the women to a semifinal finish in the 1997 National Collegiate Club Volleyball Championship and the men to consecutive Sweet 16 finishes in the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Volleyball Championships.
A native of Silver Spring, Md., Burdette graduated from Ohio Dominican University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Visual Communications. He got his coaching start at the high school level at Bexley High School in Columbus, Ohio, where he was the freshman coach in addition to being a junior varsity and varsity assistant from 1993-95.
Burdette becomes the fifth head coach in the history of the Green Bay volleyball program, taking the reins after Michaela Franklin accepted the associate head coach position at Iowa last month.
Jeannette Waldo is entering her third year as the assistant coach of the Phoenix volleyball team in 2016, after aiding Green Bay to a 12-win improvement in 2015, including signature wins against Pac-12 and Mountain West opponents Cal and UNLV. Despite a quarterfinal loss to Northern Kentucky in the Horizon League Tournament, the Phoenix posted an overall record of 17-13 under head coach Sean Burdette and Waldo's leadership last season— more than tripling its 2014 win total (5)— which marked the highest single-season win increase (12) in program history since becoming a Division I institution.
Additionally, Waldo oversaw senior libero Jillian Bauer’s development into the 2015 Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, the second ever player to do so in program history, as well as Lydia DeWeese and Jessica Wolf’s progressions into All-Conference performers. On the recruiting trail, Waldo has shown the ability to secure a number of the state’s top high-school players, including an incoming class featuring a two-time State Champion at DSHA, setter Maddie Yoss.
After spending the past two seasons as an assistant at Belmont University, Waldo joined the Phoenix staff in May 2014.
Waldo aided Belmont to a 19-14 overall record in 2013, including an impressive 12-4 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference.
She also assisted the Bruins to an OVC tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2012.
Before taking the job at Belmont, Waldo spent a year as an assistant at the University of Minnesota, where she worked with the 2010 Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year and helped the Gophers advance to the NCAA Regional Semifinals in 2011.
Prior to joining the Gophers, Waldo was an assistant coach at Benedictine College from 2008-11. She also served as the head coach of the junior varsity team at Benedictine College. During her time with the Ravens, she helped the program finish second in the Heart of America conference. While Waldo was with Benedictine, she served as head coach for a year with Team KC Volleyball Club.
he also led the Sandshark Volleyball Club to victory in the Won Gold Heart Challenge, and top finishes in the Power League and Omaha National Qualifier.
A native of Topeka, Kansas, Waldo was the defensive specialist for William Jewell College from 2002-06, where she served as team captain during her junior and senior seasons.
Chris Seidl is entering his first year as the assistant coach for the Phoenix volleyball program in 2016, after spending the past two seasons as the head assistant at Lakeland University. Seidl officially joined the Phoenix staff in June 2016.
Seidl aided Lakeland to 35 wins in two years, including an impressive 15-7 mark in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. He also assisted the Muskies to two consecutive NAAC tournament berths in 2014 and 2015.
As defensive coordinator for the Muskies, Seidl oversaw decorated libero Caleigh Galvan’s development into the 2014 & 2015 NAAC Defensive Player of Year. Galvan finished ranked second nationally in NCAA DIII in total digs in 2015 and broke numerous school records including most digs in school history with a total of 2,236 digs.
Seidl has had extensive experience coaching volleyball at the club and high school levels. At the club level he has coached with Wisconsin Volleyball Academy in Appleton since 2008, coaching the top 18’s level team the past four years. He has led three teams to top 20 finishes at the AAU national championships in Orlando, Fla and a 5th place finish at USAV Nationals in 2016.
Before joining Lakleland, Seidl coached the boys volleyball team at Kimberly High School in 2012 & 2013, finishing with a 44-21-1 record. He coached a pair of WIAA all-state selections and eight all-conference performers.
Seidl played collegiate club volleyball at St. Norbert College, and in fact was the co-founder of the program and served as its president while playing from 2009-12. He was a two-time First Team All-Wisconsin Volleyball Conference selection as an Outside Hitter, as well as an academic dean’s list student.
Seidl is a native of Kimberly, Wis., where he was a WIAA all-state outside hitter while playing in high school. He received his bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert in business administration in May 2012 and currently resides in Green Bay.