Former Carbondale Area hoops standout pondering retirement
At age 40, Dan Seigle may have played his last basketball game in the Philippines Basketball Association (PBA).
When Seigle and his TNT Katropa teammates dropped the final game, 96-83, in a best-of-7-series against his former team (1999-2011) San Miguel Beerman in post season play at the Mall of Asia Arena recently, it brought his 19th season in professional basketball to a close.
He missed nearly two seasons due to injury and had five surgeries including back surgery.
Seigle, who will weigh his basketball options and other post career interests before making a decision, has left an indelible mark at every level of play during a basketball career that began with an All -State career at Carbondale Area, rose to a Hall of Fame career at NCAA Division I, Wagner University and may now be complete as an eight-time PBA champion.
Seigle started honing his skill at the junior high level at Carbondale Area while being aware of his mom's, Blessy, struggle with a major health issue.
"My mom was my inspiration," Seigle noted when asked about his inspiration as a child. Blessy was unable to attend his junior high games due to health issues but eventually received a kidney transplant and her health improved.
After his oldest brother, Andy Seigle carried Carbondale Area to a 63-16 record in his three years as a 6-9 All -State player, a 1,931 career point scorer and led the Chargers to their first ever state Final Four appearance in 1991, Dan joined older brother, Mark as starters on the Chargers 1993 state championship squad.
As a 6-6 All -State center with shooting range and career 1,337 points scorer, Seigle returned as a senior in 1994 to fuel another run to a state title game appearance and then state record 59 straight wins.
The Chargers went 82-3 during his three years as a starter.
"My dad, John, and brothers, Andy and Mark, were individuals who had an impact on my basketball career," Seigle noted in a magazine story a few year ago.
"At a young age, Pat Price (junior high coach at CA and one-time coach of the Irish national team in later years) had an influence on me," offered Seigle in that same magazine piece.
After an illustrious high school career, Seigle headed to Wagner.
"He could have played at bigger schools but we wanted him so badly, we recruited him so hard and were at so many of his games that he and his family felt they couldn't say no to us," Wagner head coach, Tim Capstraw recalled in a story on Seigle years ago.
How many of Seigle's games did Capstraw attend? Enough games to recognize this sportswriter outside the gymnasium before a game at Wagner by asking me: "Isn't your wife the crazy fan that dresses up in outrageous costumes for Chargers' basketball games?
Seigle went on to scored 1,652 points at Wagner and was named to their Hall of Fame.
A long way from when his sister, Sue gave him his first job washing dishes at the age of 10, Seigle again followed in his brother, Andy's footsteps in 1999.
Andy was already a household name to PBA fans when Danny joined the San Miguel Beerman franchise that season.
He spent his first 12 seasons with San Miguel, a stint with Barako Bull Energy (2011-2013) and his last seasons with Talk N' Text/TNT Katropa Texters.
During his career, he produced a Michael Jordan-esque career (6 rings) with 8 championship rings, 4-time PBA Finals MVP, 9x All Star selections and Rookie of the Year honors.
Known as Dynamite Danny for his explosive moves and scoring, Seigle played close to 600 games and averaged 15.7 ppg, a 76.6 percent free throw mark, 40.1 percent field goal effort and 30.1 percent trey mark, and over 300 career blocks.
While Seigle was building an enormous fan base in the Philippines during his career, Anta sneakers developed a commercial campaign with Seigle wearing the brand.
Seigle, who resides in Makati City, the Metro Manila finance and business district, married model Rosanne Prieto, the granddaughter of PBA founder, the late Leo Prieto.
While Seigle was among six finalists for the PBA commissioner job a year ago but was not appointed to that position, his future may include an administrative post with a team or in the league itself.
For now, he will spend some time weighing options.
After more than 11,000 points spanning two continents and three career levels, Dan Seigle is ready for a new chapter.