Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has an opportunity to lead our Softball program. As such, the coach will effectively manage all aspects of the Softball program including, but not limited to: supervise and mentor assigned staff and student-athletes. Recruit, schedule, plan, develop, promote, coordinate, evaluate and other administrative duties as assigned that will develop and continually improve the softball program.
Detailed Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:
Directly responsible for team and individual compliance to NCAA and operating policies within the department and College
Design and implement a training program that advances individual and team performance skills, supporting the achievement of the program's purpose
Design a competitive schedule that maximizes athlete development and performance
Actively recruit athletes capable of performing at desired levels
Recruit athletes capable of completing the baccalaureate degree and performing academically at levels reflecting program objectives.
Communicate expectations and work toward achievement of a team GPA of 3.0 or higher
Meet recruitment, retention and graduation rate goals along with roster management numbers set forth by Athletic Administration
Relate well to officials, high school coaches, parents, the media, alumni, donors, the public and the MCLA Athletic Department and College staff and faculty
Communicate and model standards of conduct and behavior to the athletes in your program.
Supervise to ensure their conduct and behavior reflect favorably on themselves, the college, and department
Demonstrate a high level of commitment to personal and academic development of student-athletes
Work cooperatively with the Director of Athletics and Administrative Assistant in budgeting, requisitions and inventory of all related athletic equipment and supplies
Mentor and supervise assistant coaches with the end goals of developing head coach capabilities and supporting all program objectives
Attend and represent MCLA Athletics at campus programs, open houses, orientations, accepted students days and other events at the request of the Director of Athletics
Conduct a minimum of two cost free community outreach programs
Conduct fundraising events as needed to support program operations while ensuring appropriate guidelines and procedures are followed
Play an active role in positively promoting the program and department on social media
All full-time coaches have one or more additional administrative responsibility as assigned by the Director of Athletics based on candidate's strengths and department needs. Examples could include: Academic Coordinator, Sports Information, and/or coaching additional sports.
Support mission and vision of athletic department
Serve as Game Day Supervisor
Complete all department, College and conference trainings
Attend mandatory department staff meetings and department events
Attend/participate in mandatory conference calls/meetings/voting, etc.
Complete reports, special projects, and other duties at the request of the Director of Athletics
Conform to the highest standards of professional conduct regarding compliance with department, institutional and conference policies and procedures and adhere to the rules and regulations of athletic governance organizations of which the institution is a member
Contribute to the maintenance of good working relationships with all staff, student-athletes, and external constituents through (a) a positive and constructive approach to all tasks, (b) respect for the competencies of others, and (c) appropriate conflict resolution behavior
Any staff member who is found in violation of NCAA regulations shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective action set forth in the provisions of the NCAA enforcement procedure and in accordance with the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreement, and a staff member may be suspended without pay or terminated if the coach is found to be involved in deliberate and serious violations of NCAA regulations.
Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred
College level coaching or relative coaching/playing experience
Proven ability to recruit
An awareness of higher education principles, practices and procedures
Strong interpersonal and supervisory skills
Ability to express self in written and oral communication
Ability to work effectively with professional, non-professional, and student personnel
Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated attention to detail
Ability to demonstrate appropriate level of initiative
Additional Salary Information: This is a 10 month, benefits-eligible position in the APA bargaining unit.
About Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is a dynamic and vibrant four-year public college located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills in Western Massachusetts. MCLA is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college of the Massachusetts State University System. The College, as part of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, blends a liberal arts education with hands-on experience and professional programs across a range of disciplines. MCLA is a Division III school in the MASCAC with programs in Men's and Women's Basketball, Soccer, Tennis and Cross Country, Men's Baseball and Golf, and Women's Lacrosse, Softball and Volleyball.