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Head Lacrosse Coach/Lecturer

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 37.5   

Weeks per year: 52

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

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

Head Lacrosse Coach and Lecturer in Physical Education is a full-time coaching and teaching position at the rank of lecturer. The successful candidate will coach, organize, and administer an intercollegiate varsity lacrosse program as well as teach lifetime sports and fitness activities in the physical education department.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

Head Lacrosse Coach
1. Develop and implement strategies to successfully recruit, yield, mentor, and retain a diverse group of academically and athletically talented student-athletes.
2. Identify, develop, and supervise assistant coach(s).
3. Organize, manage, and schedule practices, training programs, and contests.
4. Develop budget requests and manage budget allocations for the lacrosse program.
5. Manage team travel and meals in consultation with the coordinator of travel and meal logistics.
6. Work with the associate athletics director for communications to create contest schedules and properly recognize student-athletes.
7. Work with the associate athletics director for facilities to ensure maintenance of equipment and facilities.
8. Promote a culture of compliance by working with the associate director of athletics to complete necessary NCAA paperwork, staying informed of sport and governance body rule changes to minimize violations, and in the case of violations or problems, reporting them without delay for immediate attention.
9. Create a team environment which allows all players to grow and develop as students, as athletes, as leaders, and as individuals.
10. Foster relationships with team members so student-athletes feel supported in their academic endeavors and with their goals on the field.
11. Create a dynamic practice environment to meet the individual needs of each student-athlete (technical, strength and conditioning, tactical knowledge) and coach student-athletes to their full potential.
12. Engage with donors and potential donors as requested by the director of athletics.
13. Promote a culture of health, well-being, and safety in all aspects of the varsity sport and physical education programs.

Lecturer in Physical Education and Athletics
1. Imagine and implement innovative and fun physical education courses that appeal to a range of skill sets, interests, and experiences.
2. Provide the administrative support for the physical education program, including but not limited to class syllabus development, maintaining attendance records, and grading.
3. Create an inclusive class environment which allows students to access the curriculum in a safe and effective way.
4. Motivate students to learn a new sport or new skills so that they can continue to enjoy the sport or activities in future years.
5. To promote Be Well and physical activity as a healthy daily activity for life.
6. Help students foster connections to other PE students; to other PE classes; to other activities offered in Kendall so they are finding multiple ways to use physical activity to promote individual wellness.

Other Duties
1. Participate on Department and College committees as assigned.
2. Serve as a game administrator for approximately 4-6 contests per year.
3. Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications: The position requires a Bachelor’s degree; demonstrated successful coaching and recruiting experience; the ability to work well with student-athletes; and the ability to function effectively at a competitive liberal arts NCAA Division III college with highly selective academic standards.

Preferred Qualifications: A Master's degree and teaching experience is preferred.

License/Certifications: N/A

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, each department member must pass the NCAA Division III rules test and complete athletics staff sexual violence prevention training.

Physical Demands: 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sufficient clarity of speech required includes those which permit the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively in person and by telephone.
  4. Employee speaks with students and other faculty daily by telephone, e-mail, or in person on a daily basis.
  5. Visual Acuity including color, depth perception and field vision.

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

  • A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
  • A complete resume or curriculum vitae
  • 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. 


    Mount Holyoke College is a highly selective liberal arts institution with a long tradition of educating women for active engagement in the world. A diverse community of approximately 2000 students (13% international, 17% U.S. women of color), the College is committed to the creation of a powerful learning environment which seamlessly links the curricular and co-curricular dimensions of campus life in a way that affirms identity, builds community and prepares women for leadership in a pluralistic world.mount_holyoke_college1.jpg

    Mount Holyoke is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. The College, which has just completed the third year of an ambitious six-year strategic plan, is committed to educating a diverse community of women at the highest level of academic excellence and to fostering the alliance of liberal arts education with purposeful engagement in the world. Mount Holyoke is in a particularly strong position having received the highest numbers of applications in its history. Mount Holyoke is a member of the Five College Consortium (along with Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

    mount_holyoke_college2.jpgAs the first of the Seven Sisters—the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League—Mount Holyoke established higher education for women as a serious endeavor. Our long, distinguished history of educating leaders arises from a powerful combination of:

    • academic excellence in a global learning environment
    • a tight-knit, diverse, and international community
    • a worldwide network of alumnae
    • the conviction that women can and should make a difference in the world.

    Mount Holyoke College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review Guide's 2010 edition of its annual guidebook, The Best 371 Colleges. Mount Holyoke rates highly in a number of categories, among them "best classroom experience" (#6), "best college library" (#12), and "dorms like palaces" (#13).

    Our 2,200 students hail from 48 states and nearly 70 countries. One in three students is an international citizen or African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, or multiracial. Sixty-two percent of incoming first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.



    • 49 departmental and interdepartmental majors
    • Option to design your own major
    • 33 percent of all majors are interdisciplinary
    • Majors of current MHC students: humanities, 32 percent; social sciences, 42 percent; natural and applied sciences, 26 percent

    Class Size

    • 15 percent of classes have 10 or fewer students
    • 64 percent have 20 or fewer
    • 82 percent have 25 or fewer

    Student-to-Faculty Ratio
    9 to 1

    After College
    Six months after graduation, 86 percent of the class of 2008 were working or in school. Of those students, 16 percent were attending graduate/professional schools of their choice. Typically, 75 percent of MHC graduates enroll in graduate/professional school within ten years.

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