Just when Chris Klieman thought his first Kansas State football coaching staff was complete, he again finds himself searching for another assistant.
Blake Seiler, one of two holdovers from former coach Bill Snyder's staff, is leaving his alma mater for West Virginia.
The news was first reported Friday night by Pete Thamel, of Yahoo Sports.
Seiler spent the past decade at K-State in various capacities, serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2018. Under Klieman, he was set to coach defensive ends, a position he previously held with the Wildcats.
Seiler is expected to coach linebackers under new West Virginia coach Neal Brown, who incidentally interviewed for the K-State head coaching job.
By remaining on the K-State staff under Klieman as a position coach, Seiler took a pay cut from $440,000 to $300,000, but appeared to be content.
"Cut me with a knife, it comes out purple," he said at a December signing day news conference. "We're still working through all the details there, but this is my home, it's my alma mater. K-State's a special place to me."
Seiler, who grew up in Goddard and went to Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita, played defensive end for K-State from 2004-06 and was a team captain his senior year. After graduation, he worked two years in the private sector before returning to Manhattan as a quality control assistant.
He served in that capacity for two years, then spent the next two seasons as a graduate assistant before assuming a full-time assistant role in 2013. He worked with the Wildcats' defensive ends until 2017, when he coached linebackers, and was promoted to coordinator last February.
The Wildcats experienced success in their one season under Seiler, despite a rash of injuries, especially to the secondary. K-State was third in the Big 12 in scoring defense, yielding 25.4 points per game, and ranked fourth in total defense with an average of 403.4 yards allowed.
Seiler's move to West Virginia could have come with family considerations. His wife, Inge Jorgensen Seiler, a former assistant director of football operations at K-State, is a native of New Castle, Pa., a short distance from Morgantown, W.Va.
With Seiler's departure, quarterbacks coach Collin Klein is the lone remaining holdover from the Snyder era on Klieman's staff. Seiler also is the second Klieman hire to since leave.
Ted Monachino, Klieman's original choice for defensive coordinator, left to join the NFL's Chicago Bears as an assistant. He was replaced by Wyoming defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton.