Mercyhurst University, an NCAA Division II member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) invites applications for the position of Head Field Hockey Coach to develop, promote, and supervise all facets of the Field Hockey team.
Mercyhurst University places a special emphasis on the teaching component of coaching positions. Participation in sport at Mercyhurst builds on the important lessons students learn in the classroom. Mercyhurst views athletics as an extension and important part of the education and teaching mission of the University. Student-athletes are learning teamwork, ethics, discipline, and skill sets that will enhance their ability to succeed after leaving the University. The “teaching” of one’s sport and the related lessons that accompany participation in athletics are the primary and central functions of each coaching position at Mercyhurst University.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
•Advanced knowledge of field hockey that has been acquired by significant experience coaching or playing in a post-secondary environment of commensurate experience.
•Ensure that all relevant Mercyhurst University, PSAC, and NCAA rules and regulations are followed. Including, but not limited to: student-athlete eligibility, recruiting, financial aid, scheduling and academic progress. Ensure compliance with Mercyhurst University, PSAC, and NCAA rules by student athletes and sport related staff.
•Promote academic excellence, integrity, and graduation. Monitor academic progress, academic meetings, class scheduling and attendance.
•Teach fundamental field hockey skills and techniques, while preparing, leading and executing practice and game plans for both championship and non-championship seasons.
•Prepare, manage, and maximize program operating budget with established fundraising goals.
•Provide leadership and instruction in the personal and athletic development of student-athletes.
•Direct and manage the field hockey program recruiting efforts of prospective student-athletes to include the following: maintain a database, observe practices and games, host on campus visits, initiate and respond to phone calls, emails, and mailings.
•Order and maintain appropriate uniforms, equipment and supplies.
•Coordinate team travel for competitions to include van or bus itineraries, lodging, and meals.
•Plan, promote, and conduct camps, clinics, and/or lessons.
•Establish a positive relationship with the media.
•Establish, maintain and be responsive to community and programmatic contacts.
•Develop meaningful relationships with prospective, current, and former student athletes.
•Participate in fund-raising, community service and engagement programs, assigned and/or coordinated by the Department of Athletics.
•Lead efforts to enhance the overall student athlete experience.
•Seek out and take advantage of opportunities to serve on sport related committees.
Three years of relevant sport coaching
Knowledge and understanding of NCAA rules and regulations
Experience at the collegiate level or higher
Exceptional leadership skills
Proven ability to work effectively in a diverse community
Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
Strong desire and ability to successfully recruit.
Ability to handle and maintain confidential information.
Strong follow-through skills, as well as, the ability to plan, organize, and control projects through to completion.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodations.
About Mercyhurst University
Mercyhurst is a four-year, Catholic, liberal arts university founded in 1926. More than 50 undergraduate majors, with 67 concentrations, as well as unique adult programs and eight graduate degrees are available at the university.