TITLE Associate Strength and Conditioning Coach
CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 5688
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Head Strength/Conditioning Coach
The Associate Strength and Conditioning Coach is responsible for the development and management of individual and group strength training programs for men and women student-athletes participating in the intercollegiate athletics program under the supervision of the Head Strength/Conditioning Coach.
Education: A Bachelor's degree is required, preferably with an emphasis in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, or Physical Education; a Masters in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Physical Education, or a related field is preferred.
Experience: At least four years of experience is required in positions involving the development and management of sport-specific individual and group strength training programs for men and women. Experience with development and management of strength training programs at the college/university level is preferred. Any experience in management of a health/fitness or weight training facility is preferred. Student-athlete experience, in any sport at the collegiate level, is preferred.
Skills: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, supervisory and management skills are required. The ability to maintain confidentiality is required. Knowledge of medical terminology is preferred.
License: Must be certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) maintain membership in the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). USA Weightlifting (USAW) Level 1 Club status or Sports Performance Coach certification are preferred. Current CPR/First Aid and AED certifications are required and must be maintained throughout the course of employment in this position.
Effort: Scope of the positions requires the ability to perform and/or demonstrate various physical strength exercises, and to assist others performing those exercises.
Other: Scope of the position requires frequent evening and early morning work.
1. Enables men and women student-athletes to perform to their physical potential in their sport by developing and managing individual and group weight, strength and fitness training programs, developing programs by evaluating current physical conditioning, having a knowledge of the various sports and associated exercises, tailoring strength programs for specific needs, demonstrating proper performance of exercises, correcting mistakes, and managing programs by monitoring progress and providing an assessment of development.
2. Reduces the likelihood of sports-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, working with qualified sports medicine personnel or athletic trainers during all training sessions and contests, and cooperating with athletic training staff in the rehabilitation of athletic injuries.
3. Designs and implements training programs for assigned sports on the field and in the weight room for peak athletic performance.
4. Assists in the supervision and instruction of year-round strength and conditioning for the University.
5. Tests, evaluates, and computes levels of fitness obtained by student-athletes.
6. Assists with the maintenance and upkeep of training equipment.
7. Communicates and consults with head coaches and athletic training staff regarding training programs for student-athletes.
8. Knows and understands NCAA rules related to recruitment and the ongoing performance of duties within the NCAA Division I program.
9. Communicates problems, issues, and program improvement ideas involving the strength and conditioning area to the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach or head coach of the sport.
10. Contributes to the overall success of the University's intercollegiate athletics program by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
The Associate Strength/Conditioning Coach is supervised by the Head Strength/Conditioning Coach with input from athletic coaches and exercises supervision of graduate students, interns, and student assistants.