New Jersey City University, a NCAA Division III member of the NJAC & ECAC Conference, is accepting applications for the position of head tennis coach for both men’s and women’s. Reporting to the Director of Athletics and assigned sport administrator, the head coach is responsible for the leadership and supervision in all aspects of the program including, recruitment, retention, budget, academic support, practice preparation, game strategy, alumni development, fundraising and community service. The candidate will have the wonderful opportunity to implement and establish a successful NJCU Tennis program beginning at the USTA Club level before transitioning to becoming recognized as a NCAA Division III sponsored program. The successful candidate will also be responsible for secondary responsibilities assigned by the sports administrator or Director of Athletics. Encouraging academic and athletic excellence and adherence to all rules and regulations set forth by New Jersey City University, the NCAA and the New Jersey Athletic Conference is required; as well as a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a minimum of four year’s high-level coaching experience giving preference to intercollegiate athletics experience in the given sport as a coach and/or student-athlete. Commitment to fostering and investing in the growth of the holistic experience of the NJCU student-athlete will be paramount in this role.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Program Leadership- Provides leadership and supervision in all aspects of the program including, recruitment, retention, budget, academic support, compliance, practice preparation, game strategy, alumni development, fundraising and the student-athlete experience. Develop and maintain a program of excellence and integrity that is competitive and leads to success in both conference and independent play. Implement and execute structured and organized practice sessions. Develop practice schedules, teach fundamental skills and properly train and condition student-athletes in preparation for competition Develop, organize, and coordinate fundraising initiatives and summer camps/clinics to enhance the program’s brand and financial sustainability. Coordinate annual events, in-game recognition, etc. to enhance alumni engagement and stewardship. Adhere to NCAA, conference, departmental, and university policies, procedures, and expectations. Ensure university admissions policies, academic standards and financial aid procedures are upheld. Establish and maintain a culture of excellence.
Attend annual professional development workshops, seminars and/or conferences to enhance overall coaching and leadership skills. Recruitment-Develop a strategic and well thought-out recruitment and retention program. Ensure the assemblance of a full and competitive competition roster. Visit high school, professional and community organizations when requested. Utilize NJCU’s strong international presence to strategically attract and recruit top international student-athletes. Hire, develop, supervise and retain high-caliber assistant coaches. Develop strong recruiting pipelines with top high schools and junior college programs. Implement an annual evaluation and assessment of the recruiting/retention program. Student-Athlete Experience- Design, monitor and support student-athletes’ personal development programs and progress with respect to their academic, athletic, and personal enrichment. Generate and establish student engagement. Adhere to regulations as outlined in the Rising Knight Institute. Develop and maintain a strong team culture. Implement team building activities. Ensure two student-athletes serve as the team’s liaison in SAAC. Administration- Ensure fiscal management for the sport program. Establish effective, cross-collaborative relationships within the Department of Athletics and across university platforms. Maintain an effective communications network with university faculty, administration and staff. Develop a positive working relationship with the Admissions Office. Organize team’s competition schedule and travel plans. Attend all department meetings. Serve as liaison with designated department administrator on facility preparation and works closely with all support areas within Athletics.
REQUIREMENTS: Commitment to academic and athletic retention and excellence are essential. A driver’s license and clean DMV record is mandatory.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree.
EXPERIENCE: four year’s high-level coaching experience giving preference to intercollegiate athletics experience in the given sport as a coach and/ or student- athlete.
REQUIRED: Letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references.