TC299: Joey Seal, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy

Today’s interview deals with the journey from D1 to high school baseball. Back in 2015 (episode 151), we visited with a rising young NCAA D1 assistant coach, Joey Seal. Joey and the staff didn’t have an easy gig at Norfolk State, as resources were extremely tight, but that didn’t keep Joey, head coach Claudell Clark, and the rest of the staff from guiding the team to on and off field success. And their work didn’t go unnoticed. Coach Clark was often tabbed by the school for other opportunities outside of baseball and Joey was starting to gain some attention in the collegiate baseball world. However, as the 2017 season began to wind down, Joey began to evaluate where he was and where he needed to go. In this week’s episode, we let Joey talk about that journey.

Also in this episode, Coach Seal discusses his playing days, post-playing career decisions, the opportunities and responsibilities coaching at his alma mater, his increased role as NSU began to utilize Claudell Clark for more non-baseball activities, the thought process that led him away from NSU, considering high school baseball for the first time, the opportunity at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, differences in lifestyle, and lessons learned in the process.

Listen to our first interview with (then) Norfolk State University associate head coach Joey Seal in episode 151.

Notable quotes:

  • “Reflect on why you’re coaching in the first place.”

Follow Joey Seal on Twitter.
You can email Joey at jseal04 [at]

photo credit: Joey Seal
Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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