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Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

Knox College
Galesburg, Illinois

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Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

LocationGalesburg, Illinois

Employment TypePart-Time Non-Benefited


Knox College invites applications for the position of Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach. This is a 12-
month, exempt, at-will, non-benefits eligible position that begins as soon as possible. The salary for this
position is competitive. The position reports to the Head Women’s Soccer Coach. The successful
candidate will have a focus on supporting student-athlete success and developing a competitive NCAA
Division III program.

Knox College, a member of the Midwest Conference and NCAA Division III, is a vibrant community of
scholar-teachers and students with a tradition of free inquiry, independent thought, and diverse
perspectives. The 50 most diverse campuses in America and prides itself on its historic
commitment to increase access to all qualified students of varied backgrounds, races, and conditions,
regardless of financial means. U.S. News and World Report included Knox as one of its “Best Value
Schools” in its 2021 rankings, listing it as #20 among national liberal arts colleges, recognizing academic
quality and the price that students pay after receiving need-based scholarships or grants. Knox is also
regularly recognized for this historic and transformative mission; Knox has been included in every edition
of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges since
the groundbreaking book was first published in 1996. Washington Monthly ranks Knox #40 in the nation
for its commitment to the public good, and Forbes regularly includes Knox on its Grateful Grads Index,
which rates the top 200 colleges and universities for the success of graduates and the number of alumni
that financially support their alma mater.

The Prairie Fire women’s soccer program has established itself as a dominant program within the
Midwest Conference (MWC). Since 2015, they have won the regular-season MWC Championship every
year it has been played (five consecutive seasons). Knox is the first team in MWC history to have five
consecutive regular-season MWC Championships. The team has only lost two regular-season conference
games over the past five seasons and has won the MWC Tournament three times over that span. This past
season, the team finished the regular-season conference with a perfect 8-0 record.

Recruiting globally, the team consists of student-athletes from all over the country and student-athletes
from 6 different countries. The team put 17 members of the squad on the Academic All-Conference Team
in 2019-20 (no Academic All-Conference in 2020-21 due to Covid-19). Additionally, the Prairie Fire
have had 29 All-Conference and 10 All-Region performers since 2015. Knox has won eight major MWC
Awards in that span as well (3 Defensive Player of the Year, 2 Newcomer of the Year, 2 Coach of the
Year, and an Offensive Player of the Year).

Knox athletes are scholar-athletes with a focus on achievement in the classroom, on the court or playing
field, and as community and campus leaders. Institutional support for enhancing intercollegiate athletics
is strong and the K Club booster organization has been very active in recent years with a significant
upward trajectory both in engagement and dollars raised the past three years. Gifts to K Club made
possible a state-of-the-art golf performance center and converted the College’s grass soccer field to a
high-grade synthetic turf. More recently, the athletics department has increased its social media presence,

facilitated increased branding of the Prairie Fire facilities, completed a website redesign to capitalize on
the department’s increased online audience, installed a new state-of-the-art video scoreboard and
enhanced brickwork and an archway at Prats Soccer Field, as well as new scoreboards at Blodgett
Baseball Field and the Knox Softball Field, and is currently installing new high-grade synthetic turn at
Knosher Bowl.

More information about Knox College can be found at Information on Knox College
Athletics is available at Information on the Midwest Conference can be found

The Assistant Coach is responsible for assisting and supporting the head coach in all aspects of the the
program including but not limited to: assisting with the execution of a successful recruiting and retention
plan; assisting with the integration of the program into the campus community; scheduling, planning, and
supervising practices and contests as assigned; assisting with the management of the programs’ operating
budget and team travel; developing cultural competence within the program; fully supporting Knox
College and Prairie Fire athletics department diversity and inclusion initiatives; assisting with the
administration of all aspects of the program ensuring compliance with departmental, institutional,
Midwest Conference (MWC) and NCAA rules and regulations; assisting with alumni and booster
engagement including promotion of program on social media platforms; scouting of opponents; additional
coaching, and additional teaching, game operations, or administrative duties as assigned. The assistant
coach will serve as a role model and demonstrate a professional working relationship with student-
athletes and College staff. The coach must also provide support and encouragement and ensure the safety
and well-being of the student-athletes. The coach will conduct themselves with integrity, principles, and
professionalism and adhere to all department, institution, conference, and NCAA rules, regulations,
policies and procedures. This position will have additional responsibilities to assist the Sports Information
Director with soccer and spring sports (baseball, softball) sports information and game day tasks, and/or
other departmental duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics.

The following are the qualifications for this position:
● Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
● Prior experience as a collegiate soccer student-athlete or coach
● Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
● Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks and projects
● An appreciation for a residential liberal arts education, respect for individual differences,
openness to the values and opinions of others, and flexibility to adapt to constant change

The following are the preferred qualifications for this position:
● Coaching experience in soccer
● Recruiting experience in soccer
● Experience with recruiting database Front Rush (or similar database)
● Experience scouting opponents
● Experience with camps/clinics
● Experience with social media and overall promotion of a program

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

Applicants must be currently authorized in the United States for any employer.

Application: To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume including contact information for three references, and complete the Knox College Employment Application at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be subject to a background check.

Notice of Non-Discrimination In keeping with its commitment to equal rights since it was founded in 1837, Knox College particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups, Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. In addition, Knox College is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its accompanying regulations from so discriminating on the basis of sex.

The College official responsible for coordinating compliance with this Notice of Non Discrimination is Kimberly K. Schrader, Title IX Coordinator. Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College's policies that prohibit discrimination and harassment should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator identified below. The Coordinator will be available to meet with or talk to students, staff, and faculty regarding issues relating to this Notice of Non-Discrimination and the College's policies and procedures.

Title IX Coordinator Kimberly K. Schrader Old Jail 12 Campus Box K-209 337 South Cherry Street Galesburg, IL 61401 Phone: 309-341-7751 Email: [email protected]

Inquiries about the application of Title IX to Knox may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the United States Department of Education's Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, or both. Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights for additional information.

Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education Chicago Office 500 W Madison St., Suite 1475

Phicago, IL 60667, Suite 1475cago Office

Phone: 312-730-1560 Email: [email protected]

Inquiries regarding the College's policies regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ("Section 504") should be directed to either the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources or Director of Disability Support Services identified below.

For Employees:

Human Resources Administrative Services Center 109 l Campus Box K-200

368 South Prairie Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-7200 Email:

[email protected]

For Students: Director of Disability Support Services Stephanie Grimes Umbeck Science and Math Center E111 Campus Box K183 340 South West Street Phone: 309-341-7478 Email: [email protected]


Working at Knox College

Knox College is a community of individuals from diverse backgrounds challenging each other to explore, understand and improve ourselves, our society and our world. The commitment to put learning to use to accomplish both personal and social goals dates back to the founding of the College in 1837. We take particular pride in the College's early commitment to increase access to all qualified students of varied backgrounds, races and conditions, regardless of financial means.

Today, we continue to expand both the historic mission and the tradition of active liberal arts learning. We provide an environment where students and faculty work closely together and where teaching is characterized by inviting and expecting students to pursue fundamental questions in order to reach their own reflective but independent judgments.

The first thing college guides will tell you is that Knox College is a nationally ranked, private, residential liberal arts college of 1,400 undergraduate students located in Galesburg, Illinois. But to really get a feel for our campus, just consider this: Everything that happens at Knox -- both inside and outside of the classroom -- involves giving our students the freedom to flourish. Knox professors don't just stand in front of classes and "profess" their wisdom, and our students are not mere note takers. Instead, we value:

  • Independent thinking. Our students choose their own path toward a degree, guided by scholar-teachers who encourage them to explore ideas and places, stretch their intellect and their talents, blend thought with action, and fuse imagination with initiative.
  • Egalitarian spirit. Founded in 1837 by social reformers strongly opposed to slavery, Knox was one of the first colleges in the United States open to both women and people of color. And it was on our campus that Abraham Lincoln chose to denounce slavery on moral terms for the first time, during the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debate. A pervasive spirit of equality thrives on campus today in our commitment to giving every student a voice.
  • Diverse perspectives. With a campus population that includes students from 47 states and 48 countries, 18% U.S. students of color, and individuals from every imaginable religious and socioeconomic background, members of the Knox community are actively challenged to broaden their points of view.

At Knox, the educational experience means being part of a community of individuals who challenge each other to explore, understand, and improve their world. That mission calls on a special sort of scholar-teacher, one who approaches the classroom, the College, and the community in a uniquely engaged way. Our faculty are top scholars - 98% of our full-time faculty have Ph.D.s or the highest degree in their field. They are active scholars with frequent work in leading academic publications and showcases of artistic and theatrical work in venues around the world. And they represent a wide range of academic disciplines, educational backgrounds, and cultural experiences. Just as important as their scholarly achievements and diverse backgrounds is how Knox professors bring all of that into the classroom. Our faculty make the classroom a forum for a shared pursuit of knowledge, a vibrant place for exploration and debate. You'll not only learn from your professors, you'll learn with them.

Walk into any class on campus and you'll find professors -- not graduate students - leading discussions. A Knox class is small - average size is 18 students - and it is anything but a passive one-way lecture or note-taking session. Our faculty are not shy about letting students know their own point of view on a subject; but they also expect-and assist-students to form and defend their own opinions and viewpoints in a wide range of coursework. They challenge assumptions and teach students to be independent thinkers.

Our faculty don't hide away in their offices. Their doors are open to work closely with students throughout their educational careers. Through one-on-one mentoring, professors help students plan their studies and even design their own majors and research projects.

At Knox, we never forget that life is about more than the books. Our faculty do more -- and breathe more -- than merely publish. They live in the community. And you'll find them cheering on the Prairie Fire athletic teams, playing on intramural sports teams, discussing current events at the dining hall, or enjoying jazz music with fellow faculty and students at a downtown club - or even performing on-stage. By being engaged scholars, Knox faculty instill a lifelong love of learning in their students and impart to them the skills and the drive to apply their education to their career, their community and their world.

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