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Siefker signs with Seawolves Volleyball

Author: R. Oram

Posted on Jul 12, 2023

Category: Varsity Sports , Volleyball , ACAA

William Siefker has officially signed with the UNB Saint John Seawolves men’s volleyball team for the 2023-24 varsity season.


Siefker comes to UNB Saint John from Westdale Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario, where he was a Madawaska All-stars Brownstein Cup winner.

Passionate about his sport, Siefker said volleyball “means a lot to me because it gives me a purpose in life. I’m passionate about volleyball because playing and winning with a team is the best feeling ever.”

William chose UNB Saint John after touring the school, meeting the team, and playing with them in practice. “I chose UNB Saint John for the volleyball team. The players on the team were really nice,” said Siefker. He was also excited about the underground tunnels on campus which go directly from the residences to most buildings. “The idea of not having to go outside during the winter is amazing.”

Seawolves head coach Dino Karatzios discovered Siefker through a scout/coach from Ontario and is excited about gaining such a dynamic player. “William is quiet on the outside but does not hold back on the court,” said Karatzios. “When he is on the court, he is fully engaged. Extremely good at blocking and attacking, maybe one of the best I have seen at that age. In addition, he is very versatile. He can play either right side or left side, plus he has some experience in the middle.”

William’s character also stood out to coach Karatzios, saying, “[William] speaks fluently Japanese, and he seems open to new experiences. Personality-wise, he is a great fit. Smart, dedicated and has a “want to get better” attitude. When you speak to him, you sense immediately how serious he is about volleyball.”

These traits should help Siefker accomplish his goals for the season, which include winning and being a starting player. With his versatility, it seems like Siefker will make an impact immediately. “I can see him playing both RS and LS,” said the Seawolves’ coach. “Time will tell what feels better for him. A few things we know for sure, his blocking abilities are really good and we expect he will be dominant in that area. He is one of those guys that loves to play, and you love to watch him play.”

As his biggest role model, Siefker names Isagi Yoichi from the manga/anime Blue Lock. “Even with having a disadvantage in physical attributes, he still became the best striker for the Japanese National Team because he gave it his all.”

In the fall, William will begin the Health Sciences program, with the ultimate goal of becoming a physiotherapist.   

Welcome to the Seawolves Family, William!