Job Description Summary: The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university founded in 1891 located in La Verne, California. The core values that we live by are Ethical Reasoning, Diversity and Inclusivity, Lifelong Learning and Community and Civic Engagement.
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The Head Softball Coach will plan, organize, direct and evaluate all phases of a highly competitive intercollegiate softball program at the University of La Verne in accordance and compliance with the NCAA, SCIAC and the University of La Verne's policies and regulations; understanding the role of Division III athletics in the educational process and while recruiting quality student-athletes.
Provides leadership for the University of La Verne softball program. Establish coaching strategies and teaching methods to develop student athletes’ skills and teamwork. Create, develop, execute and maintain a culture of trust, through mentorship and social development, demonstrating the tenants of a successful collegiate softball program (including but not limited to work ethic, passion, time management, team-first mentality, cultural diversity and camaraderie). Actively analyze team performance on a daily basis, and adjust strategies as needed. Communicate expectations, praise and corrective feedback in a clear and constructive manner. Hold all softball staff and student-athletes accountable to all softball team and culture rules and regulations, as well as those of the NCAA, SCIAC, University utilizing established rules and procedures.
Responsible for the organization and operation of an effective collegiate women’s softball program. Includes (but not limited to) maintaining NCAA eligibility for all student-athletes; developing the traditional and non-traditional season schedules and coordinating all related team travel arrangements; developing daily practice plans, including the preparation and creation of team strategy for individual games and tournaments; conducting all on-field coaching for the women’s softball program during traditional and non-traditional intercollegiate segments; effectively scouting opponents to maximize game-day successes; work with other head coaches as needed on details for practices, utilization of facilities, home and away contest logistics, etc.
Oversees the administration of the team budget; establishes and allocates budgeted expenditures for various aspects of team operations (i.e. travel, equipment, recruiting, marketing, etc.); authorizes the expenditure of funds for team operations; maintains and updates a sufficient inventory of equipment and materials needed to operate a successful collegiate softball program; sourcing and securing vendors – and purchasing equipment and uniforms specific to softball needs and requirements; monitors expenditures to ensure that they adhere to proscribed limitations; ensures that all expenditures are properly documented and in compliance with university and NCAA guidelines; prepares expenditure reports as requested.
Responsible for the overall recruitment requirements and activities leading to the successful recruitment of perspective softball student-athletes to the University of La Verne. Develop a detailed recruitment plan that will allow the program to be in a position of competitive leadership in the SCIAC. Responsibilities include (but not limited to) coordinating mailings, telephone calls, and email exchanges. On campus visits, digital and in-person correspondences, and off-campus talent evaluation. Work effectively with athletic administrative staff and the Office of Admissions to satisfy roster size, recruitment and retention outcomes. Annual recruitment goal of 4-5 student-athletes who enroll and participate in the sport of softball at the University of La Verne.
Year-long tracking of the academic success of the student-athletes associated with the women’s softball program. Develops and oversees the administration of policies and procedures with respect to academic expectations for team members; communicates with academic advising staff regarding athlete academic performance; meets with athletes to review course load issues, degree requirements, course selections, etc.; counsels athletes on performance issues, study skills, and techniques for academic success.
Responsible for fundraising as necessary to supplement and enhance the funding of the women’s softball program. Plans and develops team promotional strategies for fundraising, recruitment, public relations, and other marketing activities; attends promotional events, community activities, and fundraisers; prepares promotional material for distribution (e.g. team background, participant bios, letters of interest, etc.); prepares and delivers speeches and presentations at local and community groups, fundraisers, athletic events, etc.
Develops, maintains, and executes a pre-season and out-of-season season training program, in collaboration with the Strength and Conditioning staff.
Selects, supervises and mentors assistant coaches for the women’s softball program. Assigns responsibilities to and supervise all work of assistant coaches.
Responsible for the development and maintenance of alumni and community outreach in relation to the softball program. Publicizes the program in collaboration with Sports Information Office and University Relations. Establishes positive communication relationships media and public agencies.
Responsible for staff and team compliance of NCAA, SCIAC, and University of La Verne rules and regulations.
Performs other duties, summer duties, special projects and other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics.
Bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited University.
3-5 years of demonstrated successful coaching and recruiting experience at the college or university level.
Ability to organize and operate an effective softball program while motivating and mentoring student-athletes. Includes (but not limited to) 3 years of collegiate softball coaching experience, budget, team travel, inventory, equipment, uniforms, scheduling, fundraising, student-athlete academic progress, alumni relations, and rules compliance experience.
Ability to stay abreast of current and developing trends (video, voice, data, and computing technologies).
Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to handle multiple tasks and personnel simultaneously.
Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communications across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to race, gender, sexual preference/identity, physical limitations, class or religious perspectives.
Enthusiasm and the ability to thrive in an atmosphere of constant change and high pressure.
Ability to travel and recruit student athletes. Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.
Ability to proficiently operate a personal computer and associated software (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.).
Ability to maintain files accurately, in paper and in software programs, utilizing proper grammar and punctuation.
Valid Driver’s License. This position requires obtaining and reviewing motor vehicle records (MVRs) prior to or during consideration of application as well as ongoing review through California’s Electronic Pull Notice (EPN) Program. This position is contingent upon meeting and maintaining acceptable and satisfactory driver’s driving records.
Master’s degree a nationally accredited University.
1 year of supervisory experience, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling.
Current Red Cross First Aid CPR certification.
Location: La Verne Central Campus
Special Instructions: This position requires obtaining and reviewing motor vehicle records (MVRs) prior to or during consideration of application as well as ongoing review through California’s Electronic Pull Notice (EPN) Program. This position is contingent upon meeting and maintaining acceptable and satisfactory driver’s driving records.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: http://laverne.edu
Institutional Profile Located in Southern California, the University of La Verne offers a distinctive and relevant educational experience to a diverse population of students, preparing them for successful careers and a commitment to lifelong learning across the liberal arts and professional programs. The academic units of the not-for-profit university include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Management, the LaFetra College of Education, and the College of Law. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, including degree programs tailored for working adults. The university's central campus is located 30 miles east of Los Angeles in the historic Old Town section of La Verne, a city with a population of approximately 35,000 at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The university also has eight regional campuses throughout California and the College of Law campus in Ontario, California. The university is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral Institution with moderate research activity. Core values are reflected throughout all curricular and co-curricular programs, its emphasis on close professor-student interaction, personal support of its students, and its diversity.
The University of La Verne prides itself in being reflective of the diversity of Southern California. Approximately 80 percent of its nearly 8,500 students come from diverse backgrounds and the U.S. Department of Education has designated the university as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). With 80,000 alumni, the university fulfills a critical community function in educating students from underserved populations, many of whom are the first generation in their family to attend college.
The University of La Verne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employment or employees on any basis prohibited by state and federal law. University of La Verne hires and promotes individuals based on their qualifications and is consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, medical condition a or sexual orientation