Assistant Track and Field and Cross Country Coach

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Athletics
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

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: 

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

Assistant Track and Field and Cross Country Coach (80%)
1. Support the head coach in developing and implementing strategies to successfully recruit, yield, mentor, and retain a diverse group of academically and athletically talented student-athletes.
2. Coach specific event student-athletes in event groups as assigned (e.g. sprints, jumps, throws), in both team and individual settings.
3. Assist the head coach in all aspects of running competitive collegiate cross country and track and field programs.
4. Organize and manage training programs for assigned event groups including creating and conducting training plans for assigned event groups.
5. Attend and support team needs at all practices and contests and specifically for assigned event groups.
6. Create a team environment which allows all student-athletes to grow and develop as students, as athletes, as leaders, and as individuals.
7. Promote a culture of health, well-being, and safety in all aspects of the intercollegiate varsity cross country and track and field teams.
8. Assist with the organizing, planning, and marketing for the annual MHC Lyons Showcase outdoor track and field meet including developing home meet information and schedule as well as communicating with officials, the timing company, and visiting teams’ coaches.
9. Assist with planning practice/meet day itineraries, as needed.
10. Support non-competition events as assigned by the head coach including community service, fundraising, and alumnae events.

Transportation and Contest Meal Coordinator (15%)
1. Oversee and schedule all team transportation including reserving buses and vans, as needed.
2. Serve as the contact and liaison with MHC fleet and the Department’s outsourced bus company.
3. Serve as the contact and liaison with MHC Dining Serves to coordinate to-go meal pick-up times for teams when they’re traveling for competition.
4. Work with coaches and other department members to ensure proper coordination of departure and to-go meal times.

Other Duties (5%)
1. Participate on Department and College committees as assigned.
2. Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications: The position requires a Bachelor’s degree; a valid driver’s license; previous collegiate experience whether it be coaching or competing, and/or success as a head coach at the high school level; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills with the ability to efficiently and effectively carry tasks out to completion; and the ability to function effectively at a competitive liberal arts NCAA Division III college with highly selective academic standards.

Preferred Qualifications: Prior experience coaching within a collegiate cross country and/or track and field program as well as a demonstrated ability to recruit and yield high-academic student-athletes is preferred.

License/Certifications: Valid Driver's License

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: 

  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.
  6. 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

  • 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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