Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning – Football, Women’s Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Men’s Tennis
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Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.
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James Madison University is seeking an Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning to support and provide assistance to the Director of Strength and Conditioning-APC and the Athletics Department. This is a full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package. The selected candidate will be expected to maintain a high level of communication and energy, outstanding interpersonal skills and professionalism. The ability to work and function as a member of the Integrated Health and Sports Performance Team is also essential.
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Providing and coordinating a high level of strength and conditioning services to JMU student-athletes to include oversight of the development of sport-specific conditioning programs for assigned teams that are scientifically-based, involve periodized/cycled regimen of exercises and drills to optimize strength, power, flexibility, mobility, agility, speed and/or work capacity-designed to enhance sport performance and decrease injury potential.
Participation in Performance Team Meetings as part of an overall performance philosophy and mindset within the Integrated Health and Sports performance Unit.
Collect and utilize subjective and objective measures in making data driven decisions of athlete preparedness and training response
Assist in scheduling athletic teams and supervising workouts of student-athletes, player development, maintain compliance with NCAA, Sun Belt and JMU regulations.
Assist in the implementation of rehabilitation programs prescribed by the doctors and sports medicine staff.
Some weekend and holiday work will be required based on specific sport seasons and team travel schedules.
This position requires occasional heavy lifting and the performance of strength and conditioning exercises.
Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Physiology, Sport Science or a related field
Experience training student-athletes at the collegiate level with a thorough knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations
Must be proficient in the performance, instruction, assessment, evaluation and supervision of multiple weight lifting techniques and have the ability to effectively communicate with multiple parties within the athletics department and campus community
A positive attitude, growth mindset, demonstrated enthusiasm, positive energy and the ability to communicate and work collaboratively with members of the Integrated Health and Sports Performance Unit
3-5 years of experience and 2-3 years of NCAA Division I experience
Knowledge of High Performance/Olympic development model
Previous experience working in a high-performance unit
Experience with excel, data collection and monitoring
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