University of Tulsa men’s basketball assistant coach and former Golden Hurricane All-American Shea Seals was inducted into the Tulsa Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame in ceremonies at Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills.
Seals is in his fifth year at his alma mater on the basketball coaching staff, including his second as a full-time assistant coach after serving his first three seasons as the program’s director of player development.
As a prep player at Tulsa’s McLain High School, Seals was the Oklahoma High School Player of the Year and was a two-time Oklahoma Eight Conference Player of the Year, all-state, all-metro and all-district selection. He led Class 4A in scoring with a 24.4 average his senior season, while leading his team to the 4A state runner-up finish.
Seals success in TPS not only came as a player, but in the coaching ranks as well. 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 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. Before that, Seals coached for three seasons at his alma mater, one as an assistant coach and two years as the head coach. Seals led McLain to a two-year mark of 28-23 and a state quarterfinals appearance in 2006.
Seals went on to become the TU’s all-time scoring leader with 2,288 points, a mark that still stands today, and also completed his career record of TU charts for rebounds with 777, assists with 388 and steals with 222. 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.
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.