Assistant Football Coach (part-time)

Jun 20, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Assistant Football Coach (part-time)
Location: Morris
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Job ID: 329941

The University of Minnesota Morris Intercollegiate Athletics seeks an Assistant Football Coach. This position is part-time, (75%) starting July 29 - December 22, 2019. This is an annually renewable professional and administrative appointment and reports to the Athletic Director. The qualifications are as follows:

● A bachelor's degree and experience playing and/or coaching the sport are required. A master’s degree and coaching experience are preferred.
● The position requires excellent organizational skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and to build a diverse and inclusive team.
● Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment background check and submission of official transcripts.

Assistant Coaches support the development of successful sports programs that advance the mission, vision and philosophy of the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) as a residential public liberal arts college. Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to intellectual achievement, fostering diversity and good sportsmanship and enhancing the University's strong commitment to academic excellence, service and sense of community. The Cougars compete in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III in 19 sports for men and women. One in five UMM students is a varsity athlete.

About the Job

The Assistant Coach reports to the Head Coach, providing coaching, a high quality experience for student athletes, and administrative assistance to the Head Coach. The Assistant Coach is expected to adhere to the philosophy, objectives, rules and regulations of UMM Intercollegiate Athletics, the Head Coach and the NCAA Division III. This is an annually renewable professional and administrative appointment.

Responsibilities vary based on the sport, assigned responsibilities, and the percentage of appointment but typically include the following, under the direction of the head coach.
1. Providing support to continue the development of a successful, competitive program that advances the mission of intercollegiate athletics and the university:
● Building a diverse and inclusive team (or teams) committed to a high level of athletic performance and competition in the NCAA Division III both regionally and nationally.
● Fostering student development, academic excellence, sportsmanship, service and community.
● Placing the highest priority on student athletes in achieving their academic and life goals.
● Fostering good sportsmanship and a climate of respect.
● Assuring staff exhibit integrity, fairness, openness and honesty in working with student-athletes.

2. Operating within and ensuring compliance with all university, UMAC and NCAA III policies, standards and guidelines, and procedures. The violation of NCAA rules and/or other areas of non-compliance may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

3. Planning, attending and assisting in leading practices.
● As needed, schedule and lead additional practice times for position/specific event groups, working within constraints of limited staff and facilities as well as student class/lab schedules.
● Design and implement training plans for designated position/event groups.
● Supervise athletes at practice and in the weight room, ensuring good athletic practice, trainer support, team interaction and student safety.
● Ensure proper response to injuries, seeking emergency medical care and athletic trainer support.

4. Coaching during competitions and assisting in the coordination of competitions held at UMM.
● Attend all competitions, coaching athletes for success as determined by the head coach.
● Coordinate designated aspects of the preparation for competition.
● With the head coach, provide for the health, safety and well being of student athletes during rigorous athletic competition and related travel.
● Supervise students during travel including some overnight trips. Responsibilities may include driving a university van to provide transportation for students to meets.
● Help students balance the demands of varsity athletics and rigorous academic performance.
● Assist in coordinating home competitions and tournaments/championships. Assume needed roles based on the sport and competition requirements. (For example, in track and field, identify and organize the local officials to assist with the meet, oversee student employees, etc.) Assist with facility preparation prior to competition.

5. Assist with the recruitment of prospective student-athletes.
● Follow NCAA recruiting regulations for contact with prospective student athletes.
● Identify potential student athletes, including prospects identified by UMM Admissions. Create and maintain a database of recruits; obtain and log student contact information.
● With the head coach, prioritize recruits and determine the best communication strategies based on prospective students’ athletic ability, academic ability, and their level of interest in Morris. Maintain regular contact with key recruits through email, mail and/or telephone. Make follow-up phone calls to coaches and guidance counselors.
● In coordination with the head coach, conduct off-campus visits to meet with key prospective student athletes at home, competition or school.
● Coordinate prospective students visits to campus with the Office of Admissions. With admissions, prepare visit itineraries.
● Support student applicants through the completion of their college application to Morris. Maintain communication with students and Admissions staff through the recruitment process.
● Recruit students from diverse populations, building teams that reflect the diverse populations of the campus and the state.

6. Contributing to the building of an inclusive and respectful team environment.

7. Assisting with administrative duties, including maintain records and managing equipment.
● Identify and confirm weekly priorities with the Head Coach.
● Post and maintain regular office hours.
● Compile and maintain competition results and athletes’ performance statistics.
● Issue and collect team uniforms; log their check out and return. Manage equipment, including ordering, receipt and distribution of approved equipment.

8. Mentoring and supporting student athletes. Assist in monitoring and supporting students’ academic progress; with the Head Coach determine intervention and support for anyone in academic difficulty. Meet with athletes regularly to discuss academics, athletic performance and health issues.

9. If applicable, teach agreed upon Sport Management major and/or Sports Studies and Athletics courses; assist in advising students, working closely with and through the Education Division Chair.

10. Assisting in building support for the program
● Work with the Sports Information Director and others to increase attendance at home games.
● Assist the head coach with fundraising projects approved by the Athletic Director, working within the structures established by the offices of Fund Development and Finance.
● Participate in activities that enhance the reputation and understanding of athletics and UMM.

11. Cooperating with all coaches and administrative staff within the intercollegiate athletics program to enhance overall departmental operation.

12. Participating in campus, conference, and other professional development opportunities.

13. Assuming other duties, responsibilities and relationships as assigned by the Head Coach.

How To Apply Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

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Morris values diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. Morris is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and /or service because we believe that diversity enriches the University experience for everyone.

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Background Check Information

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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM)

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) makes its home on a 121-year-old campus on the western edge of the state and is one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation. The small, close-knit campus emphasizes faculty/student collaboration in research, study abroad, and service learning. Deeply rooted in the tall grass prairies of Minnesota, the campus also has advanced sustainable, environmentally friendly initiatives that have grown to levels of national leadership and touch nearly all aspects of campus life.

A distinctive undergraduate campus within the University of Minnesota system, Morris combines a rigorous, student-centered residential liberal arts education with access to the resources and opportunities of one of the nation's largest universities. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), Morris provides students with a rigorous academic experience, preparing them to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body of nearly 1700 is supported by 130 faculty members, a student/faculty ratio of 13:1. The Morris campus is the most ethnically diverse in the University of Minnesota system, with 20 percent American Indian students, 10 percent U.S. students of color, and 12 percent international students.

Morris is highly ranked by national publications -- U.S. News & World Report as a top-ten public liberal arts college; Forbes as one of the best colleges and universities in the nation; and Fiske Guide to Colleges includes Morris in its list of “the best and most interesting” schools in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Morris students consistently win national awards – in 2017-2018, Morris was the only public baccalaureate institution among the top student Fulbright award producers. Among University of Minnesota campuses, Morris has the highest proportion of faculty in the University’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching. The campus is also a national leader in sustainability, evidenced by receipt of the inaugural Excellence in Sustainability award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education STARS Gold rating.