Missouri State University

5691 Head Athletics Coach

POSITION IDENTIFICATION

TITLE Head Athletics Coach

CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 5691

GRADE Unclassified

CLASSIFICATION Exempt

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of Athletics or Associate Director of Athletics

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR President

GENERAL FUNCTION

The Head Athletics Coach is responsible for the management and administration of all activities related to his/her sport and exercises direct supervision of recruiting, training, and coaching student-athletes participating in the sport.  The Head Athletics Coach is fully responsible for compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules and regulations as well as Conference rules and University policies governing intercollegiate athletics.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Education: A Bachelor's degree is required; a Master's degree is preferred.

Experience:   At least three years of experience in coaching at the intercollegiate level or three years of professional experience teaching his/her sport is required. Coaching experience in a NCAA Division I level program is preferred.  Demonstrated knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations governing recruitment, eligibility and related functions is required.  Public speaking experience is required.  Experience in administrative functions, budgeting, fund-raising, promotional activities and public relations is required.

Skills:  Excellent interpersonal skills are required.  Management and organizational skills are required.  A record of inclusive conduct and evidence of multicultural skills in the workplace are required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Ensures that the particular sport coached achieves the parallel goals of development of a quality, competitive athletics program and support of the individual educational goals of student-athletes by engendering a coaching philosophy which promotes those goals and establishes an

 environment conducive to both.  Develops an equivalent recruitment strategy and directs all recruiting activities, selecting team members, scheduling and supervising all practice sessions and intercollegiate contests, coaching the team, providing opportunities for academic assistance to student-athletes if required, and monitoring the academic progress of each participating student-athlete.

2. Protects the integrity of the sport coached and the reputation of the intercollegiate athletics program of the University by ensuring that recruiting activities, student-athlete eligibility determination, scholarships and financial aid programs, scheduled practice sessions, and related activities governed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) are in compliance with NCAA rules and regulations as well as applicable conference rules and University policies.

3. Reduces the likelihood of athletic-related injuries or the aggravation of such injuries during practice sessions and scheduled contests by being knowledgeable of the injuries sustained in the sport and proper prevention methods, directing appropriate pre-training session and pre-contest preparations and warm ups, and arranging for qualified sports medicine personnel or athletic trainers to be available during all training sessions and contests.

4. Develops a competent and effective coaching staff by recruiting and hiring qualified applicants, providing guidance on departmental or University policies and coaching philosophy, encouraging professional development through participation in coaching decisions and recruiting activities, making coaching assignments based upon qualifications, supervising coaching activities, and evaluating performances.

5. Facilitates charitable giving by donors thus enhancing the ability of the University to meet established athletic fund-raising goals by actively participating in fund-raising events and promotional activities for intercollegiate athletics, as well as serving as chairperson or co-chairperson of fund-raising committees or as a spokesperson for specific fund-raising campaigns, and/or sponsored sports-related special events.

6. Promotes a positive image of the intercollegiate athletics program and the University by establishing and enforcing standards of personal behavior, conduct and appearance for the coaching staff, athletes and support personnel on and off the University campus, participating in community and professional organizations, representing the University at professional meetings and on community committees, establishing and maintaining credible relations with various news media.

7. Participates as a member of the University community by teaching appropriate courses or class sessions in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, as required.

8. Manages funds by providing input for development of the annual Athletics Department budget and exercising authority for all expenditures related to the sport coached.

9. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

10. Maintains competency and professional currency through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Director of Athletics. 

11. Contributes to the overall success of the University's intercollegiate athletics program by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

SUPERVISION

The Head Athletics Coach is supervised by the Director of Athletics or the Associate Director of Athletics, however exercises considerable independent judgment in the management and coaching of his/her sport.  The Head Athletics Coach exercises direct supervision of the coaching staff, graduate assistants, and students involved in the particular sport.

OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES

REVISED MARCH 2013