Al Seibert is in his 11th season on the University of Iowa men’s basketball coaching staff. Seibert spent five years as the team’s video coordinator before being named director of operations prior to the 2016-17 season.
As operations director, Seibert works closely with the basketball staff, helping coordinate travel and carry out the day-to-day activities of the UI basketball program.
Seibert has assisted in the rise of the Hawkeye basketball program back to national prominence since 2012. Fran McCaffery and his coaching staff have won 20 games or more seven of the last nine years. Seibert and the Hawkeyes have placed fifth or better in the Big Ten standings five of the last seven seasons, including a third-place finish in 2021. Iowa won 15 games over AP Top 25 opponents over the last two seasons, tops among all Division I teams.
The last three seasons, Seibert and the Hawkeyes won 20+ games, have been a mainstay in the national rankings, and posted NCAA Tournament victories in 2019 and 2021. Denning was a member of a staff that coached two-time unanimous consensus first-team All-American, and Big Ten and National Player of the Year Luka Garza. The center was also the consensus 2021 National Player of the Year, including winning the Naismith Trophy and John R. Wooden Award.
In 2021, Iowa won 14 Big Ten regular season games, its highest total since 1987. The Hawkeyes earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, tying its highest ever seed in the tournament (No. 2 in 1987).
In 2019, the Hawkeyes amassed 23 victories, the program’s second highest total in 13 seasons, closely behind 25 wins in 2013 when reaching the NIT championship game.
Seibert has 18 years of coaching experience, having most recently served as the head coach at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut, from 2005-10.
He was at the University of Hartford for five seasons, four as an assistant (2000-04) and one as associate head coach (2004-05). Seibert was the top assistant in 2002 when Hartford posted the second-best Division I turnaround. He also helped coach the Hawks to a top three finish in the America East Conference from 2002-04.
Seibert was also an assistant coach at Western Kentucky (1994-98). He helped coach the 1995 Western Kentucky team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a final national ranking of No. 18 and a 27-4 overall record, which was second only to national champion UCLA.
Other stops include one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Duquesne (1992-93) and working as a basketball administrative assistant at Pittsburgh (1993-94).
Seibert has worked individually with a number of athletes drafted in the NBA. In 1993, he worked with Derrick Alston (Duquesne University), who was a second-round draft pick of the Philadelphia 76ers. The following spring, Seibert worked with Erik Mobley (University of Pittsburgh), who was the 16th overall selection of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1994 NBA Draft. In 1996, he worked with Ben Davis (University of Arizona), who was a second-round pick of the Phoenix Suns. Seibert also worked individually with Lee Nailon (TCU) in 1998-99, who was a second round selection by Charlotte.
Seibert worked as a college basketball recruiting expert for Insiders Report from 1998-2000.
He played collegiately at Frederick Community College (Md.) from 1981-83.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Seibert earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Fredonia State University (N.Y.) in 1985.
Seibert is married to Rachel and has a daughter, Katie (24), who lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.