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Ja'Juan Seider
Ja'Juan  Seider

Belle Glade, Fla.

Running Backs

Alma Mater:
West Virginia


Seider Joins FB Staff as Running Backs Coach

Sean Spencer elevated to associate head coach; David Corley to coach wide receivers

  • Seider comes to Happy Valley with 10 seasons of collegiate coaching experience, most recently serving as the running backs coach at the University of Florida.
  • At Florida, Seider guided a running backs room that finished with more than 1,500 rushing yards, including a pair of 500-yard rushers, with 13 touchdowns.
  • As a unit, the Gator running backs averaged 4.0 yards per carry with freshmen Malik Davis (6.7 ypc) and Adarius Lemons (7.2 ypc) leading the way.
  • Prior to his stop in Gainesville, Seider spend three seasons at West Virginia University as the running backs coach where he coached a pair of NFL backs.
  • In 2015, Seider guided Wendell Smallwood as he led the Big 12 with 1,519 yards on the way to second-team All-Big 12 accolades. Smallwood was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Seider was part of an offensive staff that led the Mountaineers to finish ninth in FBS in passing offense, 12th in total offense and 34th in scoring offense in 2014.
  • In his first season at WVU, Seider recruited Charles Sims to Morgantown for his final collegiate season. Sims garnered first-team All-Big 12 honors and was the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year after rushing for 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns, while catching 45 passes for 401 yards and three scores. Sims was the first Mountaineer to rush for 1,000 yards since 2009. He was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Seider spent three seasons as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Marshall University.
  • During his tenure at Marshall, Seider helped the Thundering Herd win the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl in 2011 and recruited quarterback Rakeem Cato, who was the 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year.
  • Seider joined the college coaching ranks at West Virginia University, where he served as a graduate assistant for two seasons.
  • Seider worked with quarterbacks Jarrett Brown, Geno Smith and Pat White during his time in Morgantown. All three quarterbacks spent time in the NFL with White being a second-round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft and Smith going in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
  • Seider spent seven seasons as a high school football coach in Florida. He was the quarterbacks coach at Lake Worth High School (2006-07), offensive coordinator at Palm Beach Lakes High School (2003-05) and running backs coach at Glades Central High School (2001-02).
  • Seider started his collegiate playing career at West Virginia University, but transferred to Florida A&M for his senior season.
  • He won the Doug Williams Award for National Offensive Player of the Year, Jake Gaither Award (considered the Heisman Trophy of Historically Black Colleges) and All-America honors after throwing for 2,512 yards and 27 touchdowns in 1999.
  • Seider, who was the 1999 MEAC Offensive Player of the Year, was selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
  • A native of Belle Glade, Florida, Seider earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from West Virginia in 2000 and a master’s degree from WVU in athletic coaching in 2010.
  • Seider and his wife, Brandi, have a son, Jaden, and two daughters, Ava and Brennley.

The Seider File

Hometown: Belle Glade, Fla.
West Virginia University, 2000
B.S. Physical Education
West Virginia University, 2010
M.A. Athletic Coaching
Wife: Brandi
Son: Jaden; Daughters: Ava, Brennley

Coaching Career
2018-pres. - Penn State (running backs)
2017 - Florida (running backs)
2013-16 - West Virginia (running backs)
2010-12 - Marshall (running backs/recruiting coordinator)
2008-09 - West Virginia (offensive graduate assistant)
2006-07 - Lake Worth High School (quarterbacks)
2003-05 - Palm Beach Lakes High School (offensive coordinator)
2001-02 - Glades Central High School (running backs)

Bowl Games as a Coach
2016 Russell Athletic Bowl - West Virginia
2015 Cactus Bowl - West Virginia
2014 Liberty Bowl - West Virginia
2011 Beef O’Brady’s Bowl - Marshall
2010 Gator Bowl - West Virginia
2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl - West Virginia


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