As an assistant baseball coach at Dublin Jerome since 2018, Colin Seely knew he wanted an opportunity to work as a head coach.
While he still wanted to lead the baseball program, Seely was named golf coach, Jerome Boyes, pending approval by the school board. Joe Flynn stepped down after leading the Celtics to the Division I state championship in all of his two seasons.
“The ultimate goal for me is to be a head coach, but I’ve always wanted to be a head coach, so this will be a great learning experience for me to be able to rely on the other coaches in the building and keep growing,” said Seely, who will remain as an assistant baseball coach. as a coach.
“Colin understands the academic expectations of our athletes and is able to dedicate the time needed for our team to excel,” said athletics director Joe Blaine. “I have great confidence in Coach Seely.”
Seely graduated in 2013 from Jerome, and played baseball and football for the Celtics. He is a special education teacher in the school district.
“I play[golf]more recreationally, but some of my best friends were on the golf team when I was in high school,” he said. “I went to school in Jerome. I have lived this dynasty built over the past 15-20 years. I could not be more excited to go back and maintain this standard for the next generation.”
The Celtics won nine state championships, including every year from 2017-19.
Seely’s father, Fred, played golf for Dublin High School and later coached the program. He is currently an assistant for Jerome’s CD Butcher girls team.
A 1978 Dublin graduate, Fred Seely helped the Shamrocks win the state title in 1977. He coached Dublin from 1989 to 94, and then from 1995 to 2000 after the school became Kaufman.
“This wasn’t really something that was on my radar, but my dad has been a golf coach all those years and now being able to see his son a golf coach also in a historic golf venue like Dublin is something special,” said Colin Seely.
Seely, 27, is looking forward to working with Butcher.
“The CD has helped me a lot, too,” Seely said. “He has spoken to me in the past two weeks. We will try to do our best with the boys and girls programs to continue building on what has already been built.”
Last fall in the state, the boys finished fourth (609) behind champion Cleveland St. Ignatius (591). In 2020, they finished fourth (618) behind champion Akron Hoban (606).
“We’re going to have five new guys at the university,” Seely said. “We have graduated five seniors, but I know there is a huge pool of young talent coming in as well as some rookies who were on that B team vying for one of those five spots. There is no shortage of talent coming into the program.”