5698 Head Strength/Conditioning Coach


TITLE Head Strength and Conditioning Coach


GRADE Unclassified


IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Associate Director of Athletics

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Director of Athletics


The Head 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.


Education: A Bachelor's degree is required. A Master's degree is preferred, with an emphasis in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, or Physical Education.

Experience: At least two years of experience is required in progressively responsible 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 skills, supervisory and management skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

License: Requires certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

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 work and occasional out- of-town, overnight travel.


1. Enables men and women student-athletes to perform to their physical potential in their sport through the development and management of individual and group weight, strength and fitness training programs; develops 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; manages 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, and working with qualified sports medicine personnel or athletic trainers during all training sessions and contests.

3. Promotes a positive image of the intercollegiate athletics program and the University by 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.

4. Abides by and complies with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Missouri Valley Conference rules, academic standards, requirements, and policies of the University, and all guidelines and policies of the Athletics department and reports any concerns of compromise or violation of rules, standards, guidelines or policies to the Director of Athletics or the Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance.

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

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


The Head Strength and Conditioning Coach is supervised by the Associate Director of Athletics, with input from athletic coaches and exercises supervision of student assistants.