Position Summary: Responsible for all aspects of planning, developing, and coaching the team within Smith College and NCAA Division III rules and regulations. Responsible for the recruitment and development of competitive scholar-athletes. Act as a supervisor and/or mentor to an assistant coach (s). Academic year appointment.
Duties and Responsibilities: Plan an instructional practice and competitive schedule for diving based on an assessment of the student-athletes’ needs including pre and post season and in collaboration with the Head Swimming Coach. Conduct organized and objective based practices. Enhance individual as well as team skills. Utilize various coaching strategies. Improve athletes’ talents, skills, and development of self. Demonstrate and communicate expertise and knowledge of sport. Sustain a level of excellence in the quality of student experience and competitive success. Be knowledgeable of and abide by all college policies, NCAA (division III) policies, and conference requirements. Abide by NCAA rules. Plan, organize, direct, and lead the operations for the sport programs including budgeting, traveling, purchasing, facility usage. Create budget expenditures for uniforms and equipment. Follow budget plan and stay within planned amounts. Assist in scheduling opponents, contacting opposing coaches to verify dates or make plans to attend special tournaments, training trips. Responsible for equipment and uniform inventory, meal arrangements, travel plans, coordination of facility usage, and daily practice plans. Attend league meetings and stay current with the development of each sport.
Recruit prospective scholar-athletes to attend Smith College and who participate on the team. Encourage applications by a diverse group, in support of the Smith mission. Develop an annual recruiting plan for each sport identifying specific outcomes to be achieved. Maintain database of information regarding recruiting, including number of contacts, number applied, number visited, number accepted, and number enrolled, with regards to a breakdown of women of color in recruited pool. Correspond with prospects using a variety of communication channels; including written, in person contact, phone, home visits, official visits Communicate with admissions office identifying potential candidates.
Act as a mentor and supervisor to the ESS graduate students assigned to the program. Supervise an assistant coach when appropriate. Assess graduate students coaching strengths and weaknesses. Design a learning environment that addresses the graduate student’s weaknesses. Involve graduate students in the day-to-day operations of sport.
Stay current in techniques and knowledge of sport and other administrative duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics.
Education/Experience: Master’s degree and a minimum of 2-5 years relevant coaching experience or an equivalent combination of intercollegiate playing and/or coaching experience. Preference given to candidates with prior successful collegiate head coaching experience.
Skills: Teach and lead student-athletes including a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse, academically selective student population. Knowledge of softball skills, strategies, and teaching progressions. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; good judgment, discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Computer skills include word processing, database management, and email communication.
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