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Assistant Volleyball Coach

Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee, TN, TN

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

Job Details

Position Overview

Primary Function:

Assist head coach with planning, organizing, and directing the university-sponsored athletic programs.

This position receives general supervision. Broad instructions are provided and the staff member uses judgment and experience to carry out assignments. Completed assignments and finished products are reviewed by the supervisor after completion.

Position Appointment Details:
  • Career Band: AT2
  • This position follows a yearly schedule of 9.5 months.

  • Position Description

    Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Instruct student-athletes individually or in groups in techniques and fundamentals of the respective sport.
  • Organize and execute effective team practices and coaching under the direction of the head coach.
  • Assist head coach with player assessment, game strategy, and game film review.
  • Identify, evaluate, and encourage the application and acceptance of student-athletes in accordance with University, NCAA, and SAA policies and regulations.
  • Participate in speaking engagements for the Sewanee Club and support community initiatives.
  • Instruct students in one or more physical education courses.
  • Perform collateral departmental duties, as required, such as intramural coordination, event management, or coaching a secondary sport.

  • Judgement Required:
    Performance of the essential duties of this position is dependent upon independent ingenuity and developmental efforts.

    Machines & Equipment Used: None.

    Budgetary Responsibility: None

    Personal Interaction/Communication:
  • Student Contact: Daily; recruiting, conducting campus visits, physical education class, coaching
  • Internal: Periodic; addressing student-athletes academic or personal issues, collaborating with Office of Admissions in recruiting efforts
  • External: Periodic; communicating with parents of student-athletes, alumni groups, or media
  • Attributes of a Successful Candidate

    Bachelor’s degree


    • 1-3 years coaching experience at high school or,
    • Collegiate level or experience as an athlete competing at the collegiate level.
    Job-Related Skills:
    • Knowledge of SAA and,
    • NCAA rules and regulations
    Licenses & Certifications:
    Valid Tennessee driver’s licenseSupplemental Information

    Confidential Information:

  • Game plans
  • Knowledge of matters of a highly sensitive or personal nature regarding student-athletes

  • Working Environment:
    • Work is performed in an office environment with a significant amount of time spent either outdoors on a playing field, or another athletic facility as sport(s) requires.
    • Significant travel is required for recruitment and competition.

    Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time,
  • Must be able to walk for extended periods of time,
  • Must be able to climb (many stairs, ladders),
  • Must be able to crawl and or kneel,
  • Must be able to push and/or pull objects,
  • Must be able to use feet for repetitive tasks,
  • Must be able to use hands for repetitive tasks,
  • Must be able to lift between 21-50 pounds (Medium work),
  • Must be able to carry between 21-50 pounds (Medium work)

  • Any additional requirements specific to this position:

  • This position follows a yearly schedule of 9.5 months.

  • The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

    If you have questions about a position, the University application process, or if you are a person with a disability and would like to request an accommodation in the application and interview process please contact Human Resources at 931.598.1381 or email us at

    DEI Institutional Statement:

    At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity and centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.

    Equal Employment Opportunity:

    The University of the South is an equal-opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.


    Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

    Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

    The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

    Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

    In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

    The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

    As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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