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Job Standard for Athletics Head Coach

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Athletics Head Coach Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75209
  • Pay Grade: EX
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Principal
  • Family: Athletics
  • Function: Coaches


The Head Coach is expected to serve as the public face of the program, creating and maintaining a positive public image while recruiting and training Division I student-athletes to compete at the highest level possible. This position must also lead and maintain a Division I program through recruiting, on-court/field teaching techniques, scheduling, monitor academic progress, budget management, fundraising, as well as promoting the sport throughout the University and local community.  This position shall have a strong working knowledge and understanding of all NCAA rules and regulations regarding compliance issues. Any violation of a conference or NCAA regulation, or University policy, could cause dismissal of a participant or staff member, as well as, create negative publicity and/or conference or NCAA standings to the program and institution.

Level Scope

The Head Coach position is responsible for all teaching and instruction provided to student-athletes. Responsible for sport budget management and accounts as assigned. Each of these functions entails decision-making that requires discretion and a significant degree of independent judgment. The coach must develop and maintain a competitive schedule that will allow the team to prepare and compete successfully in the conference, as well as, in post-season play. Requires significant influence and communication with executive leadership. Problems faced are frequently complex and multidimensional, requiring broad-based consideration of variables that impact multiple areas of the organization.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and collegiate/professional sports background and experience or equivalent

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of NCAA Rules – This position shall have a strong working knowledge and understanding of all NCAA rules and regulations regarding compliance issues.
  • Sport Experience – Extensive knowledge of individual and team skills with the ability to teach these skills.
  • Recruiting – The ability to evaluate and compare athletic talent for potential growth and development of student-athletes. Maintain correspondence with a large number of prospects: e-mail, letters, and phone.
  • Academic Monitoring – The ability to establish and monitor an academic system that ensures academic success for the student-athlete.
  • Budget Management – Must be able to work within the budget given by the athletic department.
  • Travel – The ability to plan, organize and execute travel arrangements.
  • Computer Skills – This position is expected to have computer literacy.
  • Communication Skills – This position is expected to have a high level of communication skills with student-athletes, prospective student-athletes, their coaches, counselors, parents and boosters in the community.
  • Fundraising – The ability to develop the sports community in the areas of support and fundraising.
  • Upon hire a NCAA Coaches Certification and 15 passenger van driving certification is required

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Athletics Head Coach must:

  • Ensure the effective teaching and instruction of all specific technical skill areas to student-athletes.
  • Coach student-athletes in their growth and development in the sport with techniques and fundamentals of their position and sport conditioning.
  • Develop team and individual strategies to have the greatest chance of winning within the sport, through on-court/field teaching and video instruction.
  • Design instructional programs for the team and individual student athletes and instruct student-athletes on how to implement a game plan as determined for each competition.
  • Travel to events and evaluate potential student-athlete talent, correspond with all prospects via email, phone, face to face conversations, etc.
  • Complete all necessary Compliance and Institutional documentation as required.
  • Recruit student-athletes who meet University academic and athletic standards.
  • Responsible for direct supervision of assistant coaches, all staff disciplinary actions, and any other personnel management duties as required to maintain a successful staff.
  • Responsible for overall performance of athletes’ academic progress by working closely with the academic support staff.
  • Work with the NCAA Compliance Office to make sure programs and student-athletes are complying with all rules and regulations regarding compliance issues.
  • Responsible for successfully managing an annual budget including all necessary fiscal planning.
  • Promote the program to the public including, media, donors, the University community and the general public to increase visibility and revenues for the program.

35% of Time the Athletics Head Coach

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Athletics Head Coach

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

This position will be required to work nights, weekends. Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.  Physical demands include, but not limited to, standing throughout the day, using a loud voice at practices and events, physical involvement in all practices and workouts with players

Travel Requirement

Travel when necessary

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.