Asst Track & Field/Cross Country Coach

Job description

Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 37.5   

Weeks per year: 10 Month Position (August-May)

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; Evening and Weekend Hours Required 

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

Mount Holyoke College seeks a 10 month, full-time assistant track and field and cross country coach. The assistant coach will be responsible for assisting the head coach with the organization, development, and daily function of the NCAA Division III programs competing in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. This individual will assist the head coach in performing all duties to enhance and further develop competitiveness within the programs in compliance with all rules and regulations.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

SPECIFIC DUTIES The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following functions:

  • Recruitment and retention of quality, competitive student-athletes: Identify, contact, and build relationships with prospective student-athletes that meet MHC academic and athletic standards. Plan and execute prospective student-athlete official and unofficial visits to campus. Generate and respond to contacts generated throughout the year. These include but are not limited to admissions inquiries, recruiting databases, and high school coach contacts. Establish and maintain a recruiting database in Front Rush. Perform phone calls, emails, and handwritten letters to recruits daily, as necessary. Attend events to observe and meet with recruits and their guardians, as necessary.
  • Coaching and student-athlete development in both team and individual settings: Lead safe and fun team and/or event-specific warm-ups, workouts, and cool downs, as necessary. Create individualized and organized, scientifically-based periodization programs for the events assigned. These training plans should be highly detailed, so another coach could fill in, as necessary. Bring consistent, positive energy to the team and individual student-athletes on a daily basis. Use strategies like video analysis in as close to real time as possible to aid skill acquisition. When not coaching or preparing for a workout, time and energy should be spent on creating stronger interpersonal relationships with all student-athletes on the team. Provide availability to work 1-on-1 or in small groups outside of practice, as necessary.
  • Meet day coaching, management, and responsibilities: Carry skills and lessons learned in practice over to the competition setting. Ensure all student-athletes are safe and accounted for at the competition site as well as during travel. Assist in cultivating a fun, high-energy atmosphere for student-athletes on meet day. Perform or delegate tasks necessary for recording statistics and video footage for student-athletes. Assist with organizing, planning, and marketing for the annual MHC Lyons Showcase outdoor track and field meet including developing home meet information and schedule and communicating with officials, the timing company, and visiting teams’ coaches.
  • Logistics and office responsibilities: Assist with planning off campus practice/meet day itineraries, as necessary. Assist in planning, ordering, and distributing meals to student-athletes for off campus events. In rare cases, drive student-athletes to and from the practice/competition site. Be a presence in the office and available to assist student needs.
  • Assistance with team non-competition events such as community service, fundraising, and alumnae events: Assist with the planning and organization of team community service projects. Assist with the development and planning of fundraising campaigns (travel, large equipment, etc.) Assist with planning, organizing, and marketing for alumnae events, as well as creating consistent connections with the program’s alumnae.
  • Department and other responsibilities: Assist with additional assignments within the department which may include facilities, home contests, special events and other administrative responsibilities (based upon the needs of the department and experience of the candidate). Be an active member of the athletic department by attending department meetings, supporting other athletic programs and being responsive to the needs of departmental support staff (administrative leadership, support staff, athletic trainer(s), etc.). Participate in NEWMAC meetings, as necessary. Pass the yearly NCAA Division III rules test and assist with educating student-athletes regarding NCAA rules and regulations.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree is required.
Previous collegiate experience whether it be coaching or playing, and/or success as a head coach at the high school level.
The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional leadership and a commitment to, and understanding and appreciation of, NCAA Division III athletics and wellness at a private liberal arts college.
Current and valid driver’s license required.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with at least two years coaching experience at the collegiate level. Strong preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated an ability to recruit and yield high-academic student-athletes and with coaching and/or collegiate competing experience in jumps, sprints, and hurdles. The candidate should have a desire to pursue a career in coaching, and possess strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, computer/media skills, and knowledge of NCAA rules.

Compliance Requirements: All department employees are required to demonstrate exemplary ethical conduct and conformance to NCAA rules and regulations; the duties of the position are to be performed in compliance with all NCAA, Conference and College rules and regulations; and any rules violations on behalf of themselves or any knowledge of violations within the department are to be reported to the appropriate parties. Annually, all department employees must successfully complete the NCAA Division III rules test and athletics staff sexual violence prevention training.

Physical Demands: Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/ or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as light work.
Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.  Sufficient clarity of speech required includes those which permit the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively in person and by telephone.
Employee speaks with students and other faculty daily by telephone, e-mail, or in person on a daily basis.
Visual Acuity including color, depth perception and field vision.
Employee operates office equipment and computers to perform essential duties and responsibilities.

Working Conditions: Regular evening and weekend hours are involved and the ability to travel is required.  

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified
employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully
carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate
background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as
the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver

Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and
Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Apply online by application deadline. Application materials must include 1) a cover letter summarizing
interests and qualifications, 2) a complete resume or curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for 3
professional references. 

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 




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Job No:
Posted: 6/3/2021
Application Due: 9/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time