Head Coach of Soccer

Northampton, Massachusetts
Feb 07, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary:

Responsible for all aspects of planning, developing, and coaching the team within Smith College and NCAA Division III rules and regulations. Responsible for the recruitment and development of competitive scholar-athletes. Act as a supervisor and/or mentor to an assistant coach, who may be a graduate student.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Plan, organize, direct, and lead the operations for the sport program including budgeting, traveling, counseling, teaching and coaching. Create budget expenditures for uniforms and equipment. Follow budget plan and stay within planned amounts.  Assist in scheduling opponents, contacting opposing coaches to verify dates or make plans to attend special tournaments, training trips.  Demonstrate and communicate expertise and knowledge of sport. Sustain a level of excellence in the quality of student experience and competitive success.

Plan an instructional practice and competitive schedule based on an assessment of the student-athletes’ needs including pre and post season. Conduct organized and objective based practices. Enhance individual as well as team skills. Utilize various coaching strategies. Improve athletes’ talents, skills, and development of self.

Recruit prospective scholar-athletes to attend Smith College and who participate on the team. Encourage applications by a diverse group, in support of the Smith mission. Develop an annual recruiting plan identifying specific outcomes to be achieved. Maintain database of information regarding recruiting, including number of contacts, number applied, number visited, number accepted, and number enrolled, with regards to a breakdown of women of color in recruited pool. Correspond with prospects using a variety of communication channels; including written, in person contact, phone, home visits, official visits. Communicate with admissions office identifying potential candidates.

Be knowledgeable of and abide by all college policies, NCAA (division III) policies, and conference requirements.  Follow established guidelines and procedures.  Abide by NCAA rules. Maintain certification in CPR and AED. Attend league meetings and stay current with the development of the sport. Maintain memberships in professional organizations for sport.

Teach performance courses in ESS as assigned. Complete syllabus for each course taught Submit grades in timely fashion. Stay current in techniques and knowledge of courses taught.

Function as a member of the department working together for common objectives. Coordinate work with other employees within the department, the College, or with outside contractors. Participate in promotions and publicity events of the department. Communicate with former athlete alumnae. Contact alumnae groups outside the region when traveling for contests. Work with physical plant personnel in the area of facilities maintenance, event set-ups, and grounds maintenance. Identify and communicate facility safety issues.

Act as a mentor and supervisor to the ESS graduate students assigned to the program. Supervise an assistant coach when appropriate. Assess graduate students coaching strengths and weaknesses. Design a learning environment that addresses the graduate student's weaknesses. Involve graduate students in the day-to-day operations of sport. Write a recommendation for employment for graduate assistants when appropriate.

Other administrative duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics.



Education/Experience: Master’s degree and a minimum of 2-5 years relevant coaching experience or an equivalent combination of intercollegiate playing and/or coaching experience.  Preference given to candidates with prior successful collegiate head coaching experience.

Skills: Teach and lead student-athletes including a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse, academically selective student population. Knowledge of soccer skills, strategies, and teaching progressions. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; good judgment, discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.  Computer skills include word processing, database management, and email communication. 

Additional Information:

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability employer.