Coaching, Coaching - Cross Country, Coaching - Track & Field
4 Year Degree
Department: Athletics Reports to: Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Status: Full-Time, Salaried, 10-month position
Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in historic Jacksonville, Illinois, 85 miles north of Saint Louis, Missouri, and 30 miles west of Springfield, the Illinois state capitol. True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. Illinois College promotes academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity through an increasingly diverse student population. The College develops in its students, qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.
Summary This position is responsible for assisting the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country in all matters surrounding recruiting, training, and coaching members of the Men’s & Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Teams. The successful candidate is required to abide by the rules and regulations established by Illinois College, the Midwest Conference (MWC), and the NCAA. Illinois College is a member of the NCAA at the Division III level.
Essential Functions The following list of duties is meant to be representative of the work performed in this position. The omission of a specific duty or responsibility will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical extension of position responsibilities.
Recruit, retain and graduate successful student-athletes
Meet the recruitment and retention goals set by the College
Ensure academic performance and personal development of student-athletes In collaboration with the Director of Track/XC, develop a training program for the horizontal and vertical jump events.
Practice and meet coaching at all competitions during the cross country and track seasons.
Recruiting activities include but are not limited to; travel to competitions and high schools, contacting high school and club coaches, evaluating talent, contacting and meeting with prospective student-athletes.
Collaborate with Early Intervention group
Management of all home events including, but not limited to; collegiate and high school track and cross country meets, winter and summer track camps, and prospective student visit days
Maintain a high level of professionalism on and off the field toward student athletes, other coaches, parents, administrators, and members of the community
Attend regular athletic and admission staff meetings
Help manage, as needed, online recruiting database (Front Rush)
Assume additional administrative responsibilities within Athletics Department, as assigned by the Director of Athletics
Assist in organizing alumni meet and other special events, including fundraising events in collaboration with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Assist the coordinator of strength & conditioning with the operation and supervision of out of season strength & conditioning activities (if certified in strength & conditioning)
Bachelor’s degree, required
Experience competing in collegiate jump events in track & field.
Jumps coaching experience at the NCAA level, Division III, preferred
Recruiting experience at the collegiate level, Division III, preferred
Candidates with certifications in the jump events and/or strength and conditioning, preferred
Intercultural competency; ability to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds
Appreciation for the value of a liberal arts experience and the philosophy of DIII athletics
Valid driver’s license and evidence of insurability, required
First Aid and AED certification, preferred
Knowledge of NCAA, Midwest Conference, and Illinois Colleges rules, regulations and guidelines
Ability to work weekdays, weekends, and evenings
Passion and motivation to recruit student-athletes
Strong oral and written communication skills
Possess an outcomes-oriented approach to coaching
Ability to lift 30 pounds
About Illinois College
Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in the heart of Illinois, 85 miles north of Saint Louis, Missouri, and 30 miles west of Springfield, the Illinois State Capital. True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. The College develops in its students qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.