Head Western Equestrian Coach

Alfred, NY
Jul 22, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Nestled in a beautiful valley in the Southern Tier of New York, Alfred State has a long tradition of drawing the best faculty and staff from every field. This College of Technology offers outstanding opportunities in more than 70 majors, where project-based learning, sustainability, and civic engagement are cornerstones of the curricula. When students work on real-world problems, they learn how to think, not what to think, and they learn how to be involved in their community. That is why Alfred State graduates have a 99 percent employment and transfer rate.

Our faculty is dedicated to teaching and the academic success of our students. Alfred State seeks educators who are student-centered and engage in the life of the College. Our tenure process emphasizes teaching and university service with a more flexible approach to scholarship and professional growth. For faculty interested in research, the college maintains a teacher-scholar program to support research including applied research that complements our emphasis in experiential learning, civic engagement and sustainability.

Category: Professional

Department: Athletics

Location: Alfred, NY

Posted: Jul 21, '17

Type: Part-time

Job Description:

The Head Coach is responsible for leading all aspects of an IHSA Western Equestrian program within Alfred State's Athletic Department. This includes, but is not limited to, recruitment of prospective student-athletes, student-athlete development, competition preparation and strategy, scheduling, alumni and public relations, fundraising, adherence to IHSA and NCAA rules and regulations, and general administrative duties. The Head Coach and his/her program will be evaluated for competitive success, the extent to which coaches are providing a positive meaningful educational experience for student-athletes leading to their graduation and the extent to which the Head Coach has established a sport culture in which he/she is viewed by the student-athlete(s) as a mentor, educator and role model. The Head Coach will also be responsible for supporting the philosophy, goals and Mission of both the College and its Athletic program as well as adherence to departmental, university, IHSA and relevant NCAA policies and procedures.
  • Recruiting: The Head Coach is responsible for the development of a comprehensive plan to identify, evaluate and recruit high quality student-athletes to Alfred State. This includes, but is not limited to, phone contacts, in-person evaluations, home visits and student-athlete visits to campus. The Head Coach is responsible, as per NCAA rules, to maintain accurate records of all recruitment activities for himself/herself and those involved with recruiting.
  • Team Preparation: The Head Coach is responsible for training, teaching and conditioning student-athletes in preparation for all intercollegiate contests. The Head Coach will plan and supervise practices, prepare competition strategies and coach the team at contests. The Head Coach will work closely with the Strength and Conditioning and Athletic Training staffs to develop a year long program of conditioning and injury prevention.
  • Student-Athlete Development: The Head Coach is responsible for creating an atmosphere and culture that is a reflection of the missions of both the Athletic Department and the College. A positive student-athlete experience, both on and off the field is a number one priority of the coaching staff and administration. This includes, but is not limited to, monitoring academic performance including graduation rates, study hall, and class attendance. Incumbent is also responsible for the behavior and appearance of student-athletes and managers under his/her direction while they are representing the institution.
  • Administrative Responsibilities: The Head Coach will be responsible for a wide variety of administrative tasks including, but not limited to, scheduling of practices and competition, annual reports, recruiting logs, providing rosters and other paperwork to various offices for IHSA and NCAA compliance issues, team travel plans, marketing plan development, etc. and all any/all administrative requirements for any other duties as assigned.
  • IHSA & NCAA Rules Compliance: The Head Coach will be responsible for knowledge of, and adherence to, IHSA and NCAA rules and regulations pertaining to recruiting, eligibility, and general operation of the Western Equestrian program.
  • Budget: The Head Coach will be responsible for administering a budget developed in collaboration with his/her sport supervisor, with final approval granted by the Director of Athletics. This includes, but is not limited to, working with the Equipment Manager to purchase and track inventory of equipment/uniforms, monitoring travel expenses of team and coaches to stay within budgeted/IHSA/NCAA allocation. The Head Coach is responsible for reconciliation of expenditures for all team travel, recruiting expenses and other Western Equestrian related expenses.
  • Generation of Revenue: The Head Coach will be expected to participate in fundraising activities for both the general athletic program and the Western Equestrian program. The Head Coach will strive to meet a mutually agreed upon fundraising goal for the Western Equestrian program toward the department general fund. The Head Coach will also work in concert with his/her respective sport supervisor to formulate an annual fundraising plan to solicit/raise funds for the Western Equestrian program account, that acts as a supplemental budget to the general program operating budget.
  • Community Services: The Head Coach will be expected to participate in community relation activities both as an individual and with student-athletes. This could include clinics, speaking engagements, and volunteer efforts with local organizations. The Head Coach will also be strongly encouraged to participate in campus activities to promote the Western Equestrian program and the Department of Athletics.
  • Alumni Relations: The Head Coach will be expected to establish and maintain a good relationship with the Western Equestrian alumni. The Head Coach will coordinate or assist as needed in various alumni activities and functions such as Alumni events, held on-campus and held in conjunction with away athletic contests

This is a part-time position with an estimated commitment of around 15 hours per week.


Preferred qualifications include a Masters Degree in a relevant field; experience coaching within a college; prior head coaching experience; experience with recruiting; excellent organization, communication skills, and fiscal management experience.

Additional Information:

Pursuant to University policy, Alfred State College is committed to ensuring equal employment, education opportunity, and equal access to services, programs, and activities without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or ex-offender status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely based upon a protected characteristic.

All applicants are subject to a criminal, employment, and educational background check.

Applicants interested in positions may access the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for the College at http://www.alfredstate.edu/student-services/annual-security-and-fire-safety-report. Crime statistics are reported in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Applicants may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the SUNY Alfred State College University Police Department at 607-587-3999.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must upload a letter of interest and resume.