Mustang Legend Nathan Seiter

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Nathan Seiter

July 3, 1980 – November 30,2004

“He possessed a confidence that was contagious. When he was on the floor, we were never out of a ballgame.”

He still holds the all-time scoring record with 1,779 points.

In addition to being an outstanding performer on the hardwood, Nathan was an avid fisherman and hunter.

"NATHAN INCREDIBLE"

Nathan Seiter played for the Brossart Mustangs from 1994 through 1998. From the moment he donned a green uniform, he brought excitement and new life into a Mustang program which had never witnessed a talent of his likes in our history.

Nathan possessed a confidence that was contagious. When he was on the floor, we were never out of a ballgame. Nathan once hit 10 three points shots in a contest. When he was in the lineup It was not unusual to be behind as many as ten points early in a game only to be ahead by halftime. The left-hander possessed the quickest release shot that this program has ever seen. “Ttthhhree For Nathan Seiter”echoed through the Mason County Fieldhouse on many occasions.

His 1779 points leads all career Mustang scorers, despite sitting out much of his junior year to a broken ankle sustained at Green and White “Meet the Team” Night.

As a grade school player for Sts. Peter and Paul, Nathan once scored 42 points in a league game on a Saturday morning and 42 more in a tournament game on Saturday night. Nathan still currently holds the St. Joe, Bluejay Classic Tournament all-time record for most points in a game with 48, scored vs St. Mary in a semi-final contest. Ironically, he broke the record which at the time was held by his former AAU Coach Chris Schreiber who had previously scored 41.

Of all of the grade school players I have ever seen play in my 30 some years in the game, the three greatest are Dickey Beal, who was the absolute best; Tony Sandfoss who could dominate a game like no other; and Nathan Seiter who was instant offense.

He presently holds ten individual Brossart records

  • Most Three Point Goals in a Game – 10
  • Highest Three Point Field Goal Percentage in a Game – 10-16 – 63.2%
  • Most Assists in a Game – 18 (Former State Record)
  • Most Points Scored in a Single Season – 682 in 97-98
  • Most Field Goals in a Season – 233
  • Most Three Point Field Goals in a Season – 91
  • Most Assists in a Season – 198
  • Most Field Goals in a Career – 630
  • Most Three Point Field Goals in a Career – 245
  • Most Three Point Field Goal Attempts in a Career – 604
Nathan Seiter hit a shot from just under half court to beat Covington Catholic on December 15th of 1997, which many credit as the game which signaled the turning point in the Brossart Basketball’s program arrival among the elite programs in the area. Nathan played on the 1998 team which competed in our first ever Regional Championship game, a 61-73 loss to Fleming County, who went to the Final Four of the State that year. He had the privilege of playing with his younger brother Justin who went on to score 1130 career points at Brossart, and was instrumental in leading the 2000 Mustangs to the State Tournament. Younger brother Brad is a 2006 graduate. Nathan, Justin, and Brad Seiter combined for 3,274 points during their collective careers. Brad was the 2006 recipient of the “22” Award, given annually in Nathan’s memory.

Nathan played college ball at Northern Kentucky University where he scored 17 points against Kentucky State University in his first collegiate ballgame. In December of 2002 he was elected to the 10th Region Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. His #22 jersey was retired in a formal ceremony on December 23rd, 2005.

Nathan tragically passed away in a single-vehicle crash Nov. 30 at 5:51AM.  He was on his way home from work at DHL Worldwide Express, where he worked the third-shift. He was a half-mile from his parents’ home. He was 24.

Nathan - The Player

Nathan was on of the most unique individuals I have ever known – wise and talented beyond his years, he possessed a superiority complex and never played a competitive sport where he didn’t deem himself the best player on the court or field of play. He wasn’t arrogant or conceited – his assessment was usually accurate.

He never bragged of his accomplishments. Richie Young, his first fishing partner in the Kincaid Bassmasters (the largest bass club in the state) reports that in the five years that he knew Nathan he has only recently begun to learn of his exploits on the hardwood.

He wasn’t “just a player” – he was a performer and every game was showtime, the court was his stage. He thrilled the home folks and wowed his opponents.

As a youngster he was a wonderkind – one of the three best grade school players I have ever seen play the game. Nathan, Dickey Beal, and Tony Sandfoss were the absolute best.

Despite his individual talents, he was always a team player. First year Mustang head coach Willie Schlarman (after having him remove his do-rag and move his car from the “No Parking” spot in front of the gym) asked him to lead the 97-98 Mustangs by giving up a little of what he was and could be as a standout individual scorer, by making the players around him and our team better together by incorporating the other talented guys on the team into the offensive scheme.

Nathan bought in and the results were that his ’98 Mustangs won 28 games that season, becoming the winningest team in the history of our program, capturing the Mason County Invitational Tournament and 38th District Championships, falling only to Fleming County (who went to the State Semi-Finals) in the 10th Region Championship Game.

In addition to Nathan’s many offense associated records he also holds school record for Most Assists in a Game (18 – which is a former State record) and Most Assists in a season (198).

Basketball wasn’t his only sport. He also excelled on the baseball diamond. He led his 1998 Baseball Mustangs to the District Championship and nearly single-handedly beat Montgomery County in the first round of the Regional Tournament at Campbell County High School on the day of his graduation party. Those of us who left the party to go to the game saw him put on quite a show. He pitched seven shutout innings and hit a home run.

During the off-season he played with a “select” team that traveled all over the country at venues which included the Houston Astrodome and many of the finer college ballparks throughout the south.

In recent years he was relegated to playing pick up basketball games at St. Joes on Thursday nights, where Bill Reinhardt reports not being prepared for how good he was, even though most of the participants were “pretty good” ballplayers.

Bill himself had played baskeball in almost every league in Cincinnati and Northern Kentcuky, he could not recall a player at Nathan’s size who could score like him. Nathan was a complete player! He could shoot the three, but was just as good around the basket. Reinhardt said that it was almost comical watching the “grey beards” trying to guard him.

Brothers, Nathan & Justin Seiter

Nathan - The Person

To say that Nathan Seiter was charismatic would be an understatement.  Contagious or infectious might be better descriptions.  To know him was to have him invade you and become part of you. He was always way ahead of his time.  As a youngster Nathan preferred the company of adults to that of kids his own age – he related better to them, conversed more equally with them, and he learned from them. While supervising grade school league games he would follow me around like a pet puppy-dog.  He always had a question that needed answering.  Up until  just hours before he died he never pulled a punch and was not afraid to ask the tough questions, and demanded answers.  I always thought that our compatibility early on was due to mutual admiration, but in hindsight, knowing that Nathan could also be a politician, it was probably simply because I was the guy who had the keys to the gym – the keys to his kingdom.

Through his high school years and into adulthood he was always the dominant male. Nathan led – everyone else followed. It was always Nathan who organized the trips and he who called the shots when they got there. He was a titan of independence and scheduled his life’s activities with a shoehorn. There was never “downtime” with Nathan Seiter. Each hour presented a new opportunity. He lived life to the fullest. Miles were never an obstacle – there were places to go and fish to be caught. Nathan packed a lot of living into an accelerated 24 year lifetime.

If you played basketball, to Nathan Seiter you were likely either “soft” or a sissy. He admired the tough guys. His dad, in his obituary referred to him as being “street wise” and he was. Jon Lloyd, Nick Ziegler, and his brother Justin were the guys he wanted on his team. If Nate and Justin drew in on opposite sides, it was wise to call security. There was only room on the court for one dominant male and the two would be critical of each other as only two brothers could get away with. Nate would talk trash to Justin and Justin would stick his chin up in the air and shake his head like Nate was crazy. However, let someone else be critical of either and each had the other’s back.

Nathan found the little girl he was prepared to share his life with in Kim Glaza. Kim was a perfect fit – she understood him and realized that he needed his space. They were starting to look for a home and more than likely before long would become husband and wife. Nathan loved little kids and would have made a great daddy. Each summer he would make time to work our Youth Basketball Camp. He always took the young guys. After about a half hour of staying close to the agenda and teaching the fundamental of the day his group’s lessons would routinely evolve into a serious horse or knockout game and Nathan was right in the middle of them – the biggest kid in the bunch. Nathan took no prisoners – he usually won. He was competitive even on an outside court with 9 and 10 year olds – and they loved him for it.

Nathan willingly worked the Kincaid Bassmasters’ Youth Fishing Derbies and shared his knowledge with the kids of the other members. When Brad was a little younger Nathan would sit him on his shoulders as he waded a creek – the two of them fishing in two-story tandem.

He would give you the shirt off of his back, pitch in and help if you needed a favor, or contribute to your cause if asked. If it was important to you it was important to him.

Nathan died without knowing the full impact of the influence that he had on SO many lives or just what a treasure he was to a school and a basketball program.

He’d be pissed that we cancelled the PC game on Friday. “That’s Reee-Diculous” – I can hear him now. Everything was black and white with Nate – Right or Wrong – No middle ground.

Nathan would be embarrassed with all of “the fuss” being made over him now.

He loved his time spent at Bobby’s Boys’ Home playing “Toad Baseball” or participating in a Monday Night Football – Euchre marathon that would go on all night.

It was there with his friends that he acquired the unflattering moniker of “Tuber.” Most of us would resent it – he relished in it. Want to send him an E/Mail? Tuber22@aol.com would get it done.

Most of all Nathan Seiter was all about family. He joined the family in decorating their home for Christmas. He was helping his dad, rehab a house in Cold Spring and he had just spent the Thanksgiving holiday with the family.

He was the proudest guy in the house in March of 2000 when Justin hit the shot to win the 10th Region Tournament. He led the charge onto the court and nearly choked him in the process. He was proud to see Justin and the Mustangs run out on the floor at Rupp and beat Graves County in only our first appearance in the Big Show. He was so looking forward to watching Brad carry on the family tradition this year and surely still will, but from a different angle. He was proud of his sister Jessica and her academic accomplishments. He cherished the time spent with Ryan Shelton and all of his friends. “Me’nShelton” was all one word. He loved Kim very much. She was his trophy – and she loved him back, for all the right reasons, not because he was a superstar or a legend or anybody’s hero. She loved him for being Nathan Seiter.

Didn’t We All?