The University of the Southwest, an NAIA intercollegiate athletic program and a proud member of the Red River Athletic Conference, announces an immediate opening for the position of Head Softball Coach. USW is currently the fastest growing intercollegiate athletic program in the nation as 10 sport programs have been added in the past 3 years with the athletic department currently sponsoring 19 intercollegiate athletic teams. It’s a Great Time to be a Mustang!
The University of the Southwest is a Christ-centered educational community dedicated to developing men and women for a lifetime of servant leadership by emphasizing individual faith, responsibility and initiative.
USW is located in sunny Hobbs which serves as the Gateway to New Mexico…the Land of Enchantment. As the largest municipality in Lea County, the Hobbs area represents the best of the “high desert”, with its blue skies and warm sunshine. The area provides excellent educational facilities, business opportunities, cultural events and a collective quality of life that is second to none.
This position will be responsible for the organization, development and direction of the USW Women’s Softball team according to the goals and objectives of an NAIA Division I intercollegiate athletic program at the local, regional and national level. This position reports directly to the Vice President for Institutional Development & Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and serves on the Athletic Department’s Coaches Council.
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
a. The evaluation and selection of prospective student-athletes with regard to NAIA certification and the qualifications to receive athletically related financial aid.
b. The evaluation and selection of student-athletes according to academic eligibility and athletic skill level to field a competitive intercollegiate athletic team that competes with an NAIA Division I schedule.
c. Conduct effective team practices both in season and pre-season to develop the potential of each student-athlete.
d. Conduct effective team and individual conditioning programs to prevent injuries and increase performance potential.
e. The development of a team schedule to meet the requirements of the NAIA and affiliated conference with competition on a local, regional and national level.
f. Plan and supervise all team travel in conjunction with the Athletic Team Travel Liaison.
g. Supervise and provide for the safety of all student-athletes and auxiliary staff while on team trips.
h. Plan and organize all arrangements for student-athlete recruiting trips taken during permissible recruiting periods.
i. Supervise, monitor and evaluate the academic progress of each student-athlete in accordance with University, affiliated Conference and NAIA regulations to maintain athletic eligibility and to insure satisfactory progress toward degree completion within a four year period.
j. Supervise, monitor and evaluate the eligibility of transfer student-athletes in order to be eligible to participate immediately and to insure satisfactory progress toward degree completion in a timely manner.
k. Supervise, monitor and evaluate each student-athlete’s commitment towards their responsibilities to adhering to all team policy requirements, University rules and regulations, affiliated Conference requirements and NAIA policies and procedures.
l. Knowledge, application and compliance of all NAIA, affiliated Conference, University and Departmental policies and procedures/rules and regulations.
m. File with the appropriate Departmental Liaison all required documentation in the time prescribed for each form.
n. Provide a complete active roster of student-athletes with timely updates to the appropriate departmental personnel and the Faculty Athletic Representative.
o. Meet the stipulated student–athlete recruitment and roster management goals for each sport program under the Head Coach’s direction each academic year.
p. Supervise and evaluate, under the guidance of the Department of Athletics Administration, the hiring, supervision and evaluation for all full-time, part-time, graduate assistant and volunteer assistant coaching personnel.
q. Plan and develop promotional media materials to provide an accurate assessment of the assigned teams to the media, campus community, local community, alumni and prospective student-athletes in conjunction with the Sports Information Director and Director of Marketing.
r. Demonstrate fiscal responsibility and remain within the assigned budget parameters for each assigned sport program.
s. Insure that all expenditures are approved by the appropriate departmental personnel prior to their execution.
t. Insure that the assigned sport teams are actively engaged in on-campus and off-campus community involvement/service activities during the academic year.
u. Represent the University and Department of Athletics at official NAIA and affiliated conference meetings related to the assigned sport program.
v. Represent the University, Department of Athletics and assigned sport program with the campus community, local community and alumni.
w. Assist with Departmental Fund Raising and Development activities as assigned by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.
x. Insure that all actions on the part of oneself, those of the auxiliary staff and student-athletes connected with the program represent the mission and goals of the Department of Athletics and the University.
y. Other Duties as assigned by the Vice President for Institutional Development and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.
A minimum of 3 years coaching and recruiting experience as a Head Coach or Assistant Coach at the NCAA / NAIA intercollegiate level is preferred. Candidates who possess a demonstrated track record of successful coaching experience at the High School and/or Club level will also receive consideration.
Knowledge of the skills and techniques of the sport at the intercollegiate level of competition.
Knowledge of the strategy of the sport at the intercollegiate level of competition.
Must possess the ability to successfully identify, evaluate and sign quality student-athletes who possess the ability to succeed academically and athletically at the intercollegiate level and to conduct all student-athlete recruitment efforts in an organized and strategic manner.
Must possess a thorough knowledge and understanding of NAIA, affiliated Conference, departmental and University compliance rules and regulations as well as a commitment to those ideals.
Demonstrated commitment towards academic integrity and the graduation of the student-athlete.
Demonstrated commitment towards student-athlete welfare.
Demonstrated commitment towards fiscal responsibility.
Excellent organizational skills.
The ability to provide strong leadership and direction for assigned sport programs.
Demonstrated ability to be a “Team Player” within the Department of Athletics and the University.
Commitment to the overall Mission, Philosophy and Goals of the Department of Athletics and the University.
To apply for this position:
Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest, professional resume, a list of five professional references with contact information and unofficial college transcripts (Official college transcripts will be required of all finalists). The above listed materials should be forwarded to Veronica Torrez at email@example.com.
About University of the Southwest
University of the Southwest is a fully accredited Christ-centered interdenominational university with a total enrollment of more than 1,000 students. USW is located in sunny southeast New Mexico (Hobbs, NM). USW offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including both online and ground offerings. We offer a residential campus environment with a dynamic intercollegiate athletic program. As member of the Red River Athletic Conference, our students have earned accolades in both academics and athletics. We have a vibrant campus life. USW is a member of the CCCU. More information about our programs and our campus can be found on our website at www.usw.edu.