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Head Men's Rowing Coach

University of San Diego
San Diego

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Posting #: 3804
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, Athletics

Position Title & Department:

Head Men's Rowing Coach; AthlecticsPosting #


Department Description:

As part of the University of San Diego, a Roman Catholic University, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to advancing academic and athletic excellence and enhancing students' lives while promoting the University of San Diego.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The Head Men’s Rowing Coach is responsible for all administrative and organizational aspects of the USD Men’s Rowing Program within the mission of the University and its philosophy of Intercollegiate Athletics. The head men’s rowing coach will hold academic requirements and pursuits as a matter of highest priority and will actively encourage student-athletes to succeed academically and acquire a degree. The head men’s rowing coach directly supervises the assistant coach, volunteer coaches and student athletes. The head coach is also responsible for budget development and administration, recruitment of student-athletes, adherence to US Rowing, Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association and University regulations in regard to recruiting, admission standards and eligibility, monitoring student-athlete academic progress, the scheduling of athletic practices and contests, and the establishment of effective media relations. The head coach will assist in sports promotional and fundraising activities and serve as a representative of the University to the outside community when appropriate. Supervision received; general supervision from the Associate Director of Athletics. Supervision exercised; close supervision of the assistant coaches and volunteer coaches; oversight of athletes.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Direct involvement with all administrative and organizational aspects of an intercollegiate athletics program under the supervision of the Associate AD.

  • Supervision of assistant coaches with delegated responsibilities for the overall maintenance of the program
  • Supervision of all student athletes in a coordinated and planned program of practices and competition, with a concern for the players’ health and welfare, physical and psychological preparation.
  • Direct on-water coaching responsibilities.
  • Responsible for the development and improvement of rowing technique. Work with individual rowers on ergs when requested and appropriate.
  • Responsible for the organization of the USD Boathouse and for the safe handling of all equipment, including shells and launches.
  • In cooperation with the Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance and Student Services, uphold all University academic policies and assist, when appropriate, in counseling student-athletes relative to academic success, progress and eligibility
  • Enforce University and athletic department policies and regulations in regard to the use/abuse of alcohol and drugs by team members
  • Foster and maintain positive student body and faculty relations with student athletes
  • Recommend to the Director of Athletics, an annual budget for the program and operate within the approved budget
  • Work with the Manager of Athletic Equipment Services to purchase uniforms, supplies and equipment as approved by the Sport Supervisor and Director of Athletics.
  • Responsibility for all team and individual travel, meals and lodging with prompt resolution of accounts
  • Prepare and organize a representative schedule for approval by the Director of Athletics. Consideration should be given to the academic life of student-athletes, i.e. missed class time, examination periods and other factors that would adversely affect their academic success
  • Participation in public relations, promotion and fund raising activities as conducted by the University and/or department.
  • Maintain professional growth through attending meetings, coaches clinics, workshops, etc.
  • Assist in the organization of any team and/or department awards presentations to student-athletes
  • Establish and maintain positive relations with the media
  • Responsible for the selection and training of all volunteer coaches

Responsibility for recruiting academically and athletically qualified student-athletes for admission to the University with adherence to admissions and athletic department policies and procedures in this regard.

  • Knowledge of and adherence to all University and Conference rules and regulations, policies and procedures with special attention to recruiting, eligibility, admissions and financial aid
  • Responsible for all on-campus official visits
  • Responsible for the on-campus recruitment of “walk on” athletes when necessary to meet team membership needs.

Boathouse Supervision

  • In cooperation with the USD Head Women’s Rowing Coach, direct oversight responsibility for the efficient and safe operation of the USD Boathouse
  • Responsible for the maintenance of all USD rowing equipment, including all shells, oars, launches, trailer and crew truck.
  • In cooperation with the women’s head coach, serve as the rigger for all racing shells
Job Requirements:

Minimum & Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree preferred; bachelor’s required.
  • At least 5 years of related experience, which could include a combination of college or high school coaching, United States Team coaching or certified rowing club experience

Performance Expectations - Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to recruit and develop student athletes academically and athletically
  • Possess good communication and organizational skills
  • Understanding of NCAA/IRA, Conference and USD rules and regulations and academic expectation of the University

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Heartsaver CPR /AED certification required. Must have this certificate within 6 weeks of employment.
  • Must pass NCAA Division I Coaches Recruiting Test, (yearly). Must complete this within 6 weeks of employment.
  • California driver’s license required within 6 weeks of employment. Class B license preferred.
  • Appropriate US Coast Guard safety certification

Special Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be able to travel for extended periods of time for athletic and recruiting events.
  • Successful completion of required background checks.

Tools & Equipment Used:

Personal computer, Microsoft Office, general office equipment, video editing equipment Ability to safely and effectively operate a launch. Ability to correctly rig a competitive racing shell. Ability to drive the crew trailer strongly encouraged.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions: Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at [email protected]

Additional Details:

Hours: 40 per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit

Advertised: July 19, 2021 Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled


The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

Located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the campus is a community treasure, with Spanish Renaissance-inspired buildings and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

Chartered in 1949, the university enrolls more than 7,000 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. In less than 60 years, the University of San Diego has grown from a local college with 50 students and a handful of professors to a nationally ranked university. This achievement is the direct result of a single, unwavering expectation: academic excellence.

USD offers more than 60 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university adds depth to education by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. The breadth of programs and depth of facilities means that students can easily find a course of study that ignites their intellectual fire. In the classroom, coursework across disciplines encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills.

Small class size means the instructors know their students and can stimulate curious minds with anything from participation in a research project to an after-class discussion on topic. Instructors welcome the free exchange of complex ideas in an environment of tolerance and civility. In this environment, students begin a lifelong habit of appreciating and cultivating their individual gifts.

To complement this instruction, the university's Honors program provides a challenging curriculum for USD's uniquely motivated students. The university also holds memberships in several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa.

While intellectual growth is key, USD adds depth to the education experience by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. An active faith community invites widespread student participation. In the classroom, study is accompanied by an examination of ethics and values University of San Diego students inquire freely and challenge ideas, exercise moral, spiritual and social judgment, serve others, and contemplate social justice in their lives and in their chosen fields. These students are truly educated. These students achieve excellence.

Students, faculty and staff are active members of the community, volunteering time and expertise, fostering friendships, and working to preserve the region’s unique character. With a population of more than 7,500 students and approximately 2,000 employees, the university impacts the life of the area economically, politically and socially. In turn, the university welcomes the community to participate in campus life, through classes, special events, sports, forums and tours.

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