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Sports Performance Coach, Assistant Director Overview

  • Work Type: Non-Classified/Professional
  • Job Code: 75610
  • Pay Grade: EX
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Associate
  • Family: Athletics
  • Function: Athletic Services


The Assistant Director of Sports Performance Coach will assist the Director of Sports Performance Coach in the supervision of designated teams and the development of individual and team strength and conditioning/training programs.

Level Scope

Entry-level professional with limited or no prior experience to contribute on a project or work team. Incumbent learns to use professional concepts to resolve problems of limited scope and complexity under close supervision while achieving day-to-day objectives. Works on developmental assignments that are initially routine in nature, requiring limited judgment and decision making. This level is typically focused on self development. Requires theoretical knowledge through specific education and training.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree

Certification from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA)

CPR and First Aid Certifications.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience and knowledge of all NCAA and conference rules and regulations regarding compliance issues.
  • Experience with instruction of exercise technique, training of student-athletes and personnel, record management, monitoring all programs, emergency procedures and number of participants within the facility (room capacity).
  • Ability to educate and supervise student-athletes in the use of weight training equipment and lifting techniques.
  • Expected to know/interpret applicable Boise State, State Board of Education, Conference Rules and the NCAA Rules Manual.  These regulations are highly technical and specialized to strength and conditioning
  • Learn and understand the Director of Sports Performance’s philosophy, to develop and document specific weight training programs for intercollegiate student-athletes, and schedule facility for use.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

95% of Time the Sports Performance Coach, Assistant Director must:

  • Critique and supervise student-athletes in the use of free-weight, equipment based, and body weight resistive exercise.  Knowledge and experience in doing so is vital.  If student-athletes are allowed to continue using improper technique then injury resulting in hospitalization, surgery and even death are potential consequences.
  • Educate student-athletes on proper lifting techniques of free weights and machine lifting.  Several types of lifts are required.  Every type of lift requires a different skill development as different muscles and/or angles of lifting are being focused on.  Improper technique could cause major structural and muscular damage. 
  • Develop strength and conditioning program that is tailored to the demands of designated sport/s along with individual constraints that each student-athlete faces.
  • Develop, monitor and instruct speed, agility and conditioning programs for each sport.  Each sport will have specific criteria needed depending upon the demands of the sport at the time of year in comparison to their playing season. 
  • Track student-athlete progress on the computer, develop a file system and adjust workouts depending upon gains of each individual and season of lifting that the student-athlete is in.  Special attention must be given to developing individual and team goals in off-season, during season, post-season and pre-season.
  • Student-athletes must be carefully monitored during workouts for signs of dehydration, excessive fatigue and overstepping proven physical, mental and emotional limitations of the student-athlete.
  • Must establish and maintain working relationships with all sport staff and support staff within the Athletic Department. Also must maintain and cultivate good working relationship with nutritional supplement vendors.

5% of Time the Sports Performance Coach, Assistant Director

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Required to work early morning, late evenings and weekends regularly to complete duties of position. Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

This position requires overnight travel with designated team/s, 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.