"We give Gillespie credit, but Doc Holliday put a staple on that area for a long time - 30-some years," Seider said. "Being able to watch him do it, I was already prepared to do it."
Holliday first built the road from the Sunshine State to the Mountain State as a tireless recruiter on WVU's staff in the 1980s. Holliday started recruiting Seider in 1995 and Seider was with WVU from 1996-98 before he transferred to Florida A&M and went from being Marc Bulger's backup to the best player at the Division I-AA level.
It was there where he started developing invaluable contacts in the area.
"A lot of the guys I played with are head coaches in the area now," Seider said.
He and Bulger were drafted in the sixth round in the 2000 NFL Draft, but Seider was coaching in high school in Florida by 2001. He worked at three schools the next eight years before returning to WVU as a graduate assistant.
"The best thing about being back here now is when I talk to a recruit, I can actually sell the program," Seider said. "I've been a player here. I've been an alumni here. I've been a graduate assistant coach here. When I talk to a kid now I can sell the program and actually sell what I'm talking about. I'm not going to feed you a bunch of stuff."
When recruiting is involved, Seider values nothing more than authenticity and probably because he believes the same is true of the players he targets.
"The biggest thing with south Florida kids is trust," Seider said. "If you're the coach recruiting them, you're going to have a hard time recruiting them if they don't trust you. If they trust you, they'll go through a wall for you."
Where a head coach oversees up to 85 players on scholarship and walk-ons, an assistant coach recruits a handful of players and coaches a small group every year. High school coaches, like parents, trust the assistant coaches will look out for the player and get involved in matters before the coach becomes involved.
"The coaches down there trust me," Seider said. "They know if I tell a kid I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it."
Seider is honest, educated by his experience as a high school player recruited from a region known as "Muck City" and a college star who returned there.
Now he has been further shaped by his time as an assistant coach. What he sees are college coaches who view the state as an opportunity for themselves and not always the players.
"There are so many guys recruiting kids to say, 'I signed somebody. I signed, X, Y and Z. I signed this many guys,' just to look good for a job," Seider said. "The coaches down there are smarter now. They're not getting caught up in Florida, Florida State and Miami. They're getting caught up in 'What's best for my kids?' "