This is a managerial position responsible for the management and administration of all phases of a sports program in a manner that upholds the philosophy and objectives of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Stephen F. Austin State University. Regularly exercises discretion and independent judgment when performing work. Reports to the Director of Athletics with day-to-day oversight provided by the Associate Athletic Director for Student Services and Strategic Initiatives.
Essential Job Functions Adheres to all applicable National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), conference, and university rules and regulations. Oversees recruitment and selection of student-athletes. Ensures compliance with NCAA guidelines for contacting and entertaining prospects. Initiates process for determining academic eligibility and issuing National Letters of Intent. Provides leadership and instruction in personal and athletic development of student-athletes, to include counseling team members in academic, disciplinary, and personal matters. Monitors eligibility status and promotes academic progress of student-athletes. Assists in enforcing study hall attendance. Supports guidelines established by Athletics Academic Services. Manages sport program within framework of a balanced budget. Oversees selection, purchase, fitting, and maintenance of team equipment, including uniforms, athletic equipment, and supplies. Schedules and conducts regular practice sessions in and out of season as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations. Develops and implements strategies for motivating student-athletes to perform at maximum levels as both individuals and a team. Arranges competitive event schedule in conjunction with the Director of Athletics. Ensures that team travel arrangements are in compliance with university, conference, and NCAA rules and regulations, to include monitoring development of travel itineraries and coordination of travel plans. Oversees conditioning and training of team members, ensuring student-athletes are physically prepared for competition. Supervises assigned assistant coaches, part-time assistants, volunteer coaches, student assistants, and/or other support staff. Provides orientation, training, and guidance as needed. Conducts performance evaluations and recommends salary increases as appropriate. Develops, publishes, and enforces team rules, providing appropriate disciplinary action as warranted. Ensures safety of student-athletes and coaching staff through careful monitoring of condition of athletics equipment and facilities utilized by designated sport. Submits requests for repair, maintenance, and improvement of facilities to Athletic Facilities and Equipment. Cooperates with all coaches within intercollegiate athletics program to enhance overall departmental operations. Non-Essential Job Functions Compiles data and reports as required by the department, university, conference, and NCAA. Provides student-athletes with information on opportunities to compete at approved national and international tournaments, meets, etc. Participates in clinics, exhibitions, and camp activities, as approved. Assists with approved fundraising activities, as requested. Participates in public relations activities including speaking engagements, television and radio interviews, and press conferences, as approved or requested. Represents department at professional, civic, charitable, and alumni events. May receive and/or supervise the receipt of payments from students and others for departmentally sponsored activities. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Knowledge of, or ability to learn, university policies and procedures. Knowledge of, or ability to learn, policies, procedures, and guidelines established by the conference and the NCAA. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form. Ability to set priorities and complete assignments on time. Ability to problem solve a variety of situations. Ability to effectively plan and delegate the work of others. Ability to maintain effective interpersonal relationships.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. Five years of related experience is required. Coaching experience at the collegiate level and/or competitive personal collegiate or professional playing experience is required. Experience as a head coach at the NCAA Division I level with a proven coaching record is preferred.
The Stephen F. Austin State University athletics department seeks to enhance the personal development of student-athletes by permitting them to participate in a high level of competition, while at the same time monitoring the educational commitment of the University to these students. The program instills in its student-athletes the values of good sportsmanship,
affords the otherwise unattainable opportunities to develop leadership skills, and serves as a
laboratory for students to learn, grow and connect.