Assistant Cross Country/Track and Field Coach (Sprints, Hurdles, Relays)

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Job CategoryAthletic Staff Coach/TrainerPosition TitleAssistant Cross Country/Track and Field Coach (Sprints, Hurdles, Relays)Full Time/Part TimeFull TimeDivisionAthleticsDepartmentTrack & FieldDepartment Statement

Colgate Athletics Vision: To be an inclusive community of competitive excellence.

Athletics Department Values:
Thoughtful – Careful, reasoned, inclusive thinking
Driven – Relentless, energetic, focused pursuit of courageous goal
Enthusiastic – Passionate, positive, fun presence
Cohesive – Close—knit, collaborative, consistent teamwork
Bold – Creative, resourceful, fearless winners


The Assistant Coach is responsible for assisting in the operation of the respective program, including organizing and performing all activities associated with the intercollegiate program, analyzing performance and instructing students to meet strategies and techniques to prepare them for athletic competition, planning and directing training and recommendation for recruitment of student-athletes.

Responsible for executing specific strategic activities and outcomes within the sprint, hurdle, and relay event groups of the track & field program.

These will include sustained performance and execution in the following areas:
- Adhere to Head Coach’s philosophy.
- Athletic instruction/coaching.
- Program operations and administration as designated by the head coach.

Responsible for oversight of all administrative operations regarding student-athlete development.

These will include:
- Monitoring of student-athlete academic progress and well-being.
- Ensure student-athlete participation in all assigned community service activities.

Responsible for the execution of all scouting, film preparation, and competition preparation.
These will include:
- Video breakdown
- Use of appropriate video-editing software
- Coordination of team film sessions
- Development of scouting reports

Responsible for overall team recruitment strategy, to include:
- Exercises independent judgment regarding the recruitment of prospective student-athletes for assigned event groups.
- Decision-making authority to determine which individuals to recruit.
- Decision-making authority in the allocation of scholarship allocations (as applicable).
- Attracting and evaluating prospective student-athletes.
- Monitoring prospective student-athlete academic progress and well-being.
- Developing and maintaining relationships with prospective student-athletes and other recruiting constituents.

Accountable for maintaining personal compliance with all relevant governing bodies to include:
- Patriot League
- Athletic department
- University policies
- Successful completion of annual NCAA recruiting exam
- Attendance at all required compliance educational meetings
- Successful on-time completion of all recruiting logs

Accountable for maintaining professional relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
To include:
- Responsible for all newsletters and communication with alumni.
- Responsible for team promotion and marketing to all constituents.
- Responsible for determining communication strategy within the university and the local community.

Independent and unchallengeable decision-making regarding student-athlete participation in assigned sports activities when the head coach is not present.

Accountable for student-athlete welfare while coaching.

Responsible for adhering to the assigned budget.

Responsible for hiring, oversight, and management of student managers. Assistant Coach has independent discretion on all hiring and termination of student employees.

Responsible for role modeling behaviors and leadership for student-athletes.

This position has been designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA), in accordance with the federal statutory requirements of the Jeanne Clery Act. CSAs are required to and responsible for reporting allegations of crimes they receive from students and employees to the Campus Safety Department.

Technical Competencies


Demonstrated ability to identify and evaluate best-fit prospective student-athletes.

Demonstrated ability to attract desired student-athletes to the University.

Demonstrated ability to build and maintain productive relationships with prospective student-athletes and key stakeholders.

NameStudent-Athlete DevelopmentDescription

Demonstrated ability of consistently improving individual student-athlete performance.

Demonstrated expertise with sprints, hurdles and relays sufficient to adhere to head coach’s strategy.

Demonstrated ability to execute strategy, preparation, instruction and performance.


Demonstrated knowledge and ability to comply with NCAA, conference and institutional regulations.

NameStakeholder RelationsDescription

Demonstrated ability to work constructively with a diverse population of internal and external stakeholders and contribute to an environment of inclusivity.

NameBudget and FinanceDescription

Ability to adhere to budget.

Behavioral Competencies

NamePersonal Accountability for ResultsDescription

Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.

NameEffective CommunicationDescription

Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.

NameProblem Solving and Decision MakingDescription

Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.

NameChange ManagementDescription

Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.

NameLeadership and TeamworkDescription

Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.

NameCreativity and InnovationDescription

Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.

NameDiversity and InclusionDescription

Demonstrates respect for individuals and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.


Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications

The successful candidate will have combined responsibility for both the men’s and women’s teams, a strong commitment to the academic success of student-athletes, knowledge and commitment to University, Conference and NCAA regulations, good communication and technology skills, and strong leadership skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience coaching NCAA Division I teams and knowledge of coaching sprints, hurdles and relays.


A Bachelor’s degree and two years of coaching experience are required or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


A current valid driver’s license, in accordance with the University’s Driver Safety and Motor Vehicle Use Policy is required.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to perform coaching duties which include, but are not limited to, standing outdoors for long periods of time.

Other Information

Colgate University is committed to the principle of institutional control in administering its athletics program in a manner consistent with the NCAA, ECAC, and Patriot League rules. Each individual involved in the athletics division is obligated to maintain competency and knowledge of the rules, to act within his or her realm of responsibility in full compliance with the governing legislation, and to report any violation of NCAA, ECAC or Patriot League rules of which he or she is aware. Should a situation warrant further investigation, you have an affirmative obligation to cooperate full in the infractions process, including the investigation and adjudication of a case. Without limiting remedies otherwise available to the university, if you are found to be in violation of any NCAA, ECAC or Patriot League rules, you may be subject to disciplinary or corrective action as set forth in relevant NCAA, league or conference disciplinary and/or enforcement procedures, including suspension without pay or termination of employment for significant or repeated violations.

Requisition Number2020S044PostingTemporaryNoWork ScheduleJob Open Date10/06/2020Job Close DateOpen Until FilledNoSpecial Instructions SummaryEEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected]. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you currently a Colgate employee?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Have you ever been a Colgate employee?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Are you at least 18 years of age?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please let us know how you heard about this position.
    • Albany Times Union
    • Binghamton Press & Sun
    • BlackCoachesinSports
    • Cazenovia Republican
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Chronicle of Philanthropy
    • Colgate Employee
    • Colgate Website
    • CoSIDA
    • Diverse Issues of Higher Education
    • HERC (Upstate New York HERC)
    • LinkedIn
    • Mid-York Weekly
    • NACWA
    • naviGATE
    • NCAA News
    • Norwich Evening Sun
    • Oneida Daily Dispatch
    • Sherburne News
    • Syracuse Post Standard
    • Utica Observer Dispatch
    • Waterville Times
    • Other
  5. If you selected "Colgate Employee" or "Other" for how you heard about this position, please provide the employee's name or where you heard about/saw the position.

    (Open Ended Question)

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    Posted: 10/7/2020
    Application Due: 10/21/2020
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