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Sports Performance, Director Overview

  • Work Type: Non-Classified/Professional
  • Job Code: 75499
  • Pay Grade: EX
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Senior Manager
  • Family: Athletics
  • Function: Athletic Services


To direct and assist in the development of performance enhancement programs for designated sports.  Areas of performance enhancement include strength and conditioning, sports medicine, sports nutrition and mental health.

Level Scope

Spends the majority of time (50% or more) achieving organizational objectives through the coordinated achievements of subordinate staff. Manages experienced professionals who exercise latitude and independence in assignments. Establishes departmental goals and objectives, functions with autonomy. Manages the accountability and stewardship of human, financial, and often physical resources in compliance with departmental and campus wide goals and objectives. Ensures subordinate supervisors and professionals adhere to defined internal controls with a focus on policy and strategy implementation. Manages systems and procedures to protect departmental assets and requires practical knowledge in leading and managing the execution of processes, projects and tactics within one area.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree plus 5 years professional experience including 1 year of managerial experience

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

CPR and First Aid Certifications.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong 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).
  • Extensive sport specific knowledge and teaching experience.
  • 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
  • Develop and document specific weight training programs for intercollegiate student-athletes, and schedule facilities for use.
  • Supervision skills with the ability to administer and motivate a staff.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Sports Performance Coach, 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, monitor and instruct speed, agility and conditioning programs for designated sports.  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 pre-season, off-season, during season and postseason.
  • 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
  • Required to evaluate, select, and train competent members of the Sports Performance, Health and Wellness team.
  • Hires, trains, schedules and supervises employees. This person is responsible for developing and maintaining the volunteer/student internship program for Olympic Sports.

35% of Time the Sports Performance Coach, Director

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Sports Performance Coach, 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.