Coaching, Coaching - Cross Country, Coaching - Track & Field
4 Year Degree
The Drury University Department of Athletics invites applications in a national search for the position of Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Coach. This full-time position is responsible for leading, managing and administering all aspects of the Division II men’s and women’s cross country and track & field program in accordance with NCAA, conference and University rules and regulations while: 1) creating an atmosphere where graduation is facilitated through participation in intercollegiate athletics, 2) teaching student-athletes to be productive citizens who contribute to society for life, and 3) winning championships. The new head coach’s ability to achieve those three goals is facilitated by: 1) a generous scholarship allotment, 2) the assistance of one full-time assistant and two graduate assistant coaches, and 3) competitive operating and recruiting budgets. The head coach must have a philosophy that maintains a competitive Division II program that values the educational and personal well-being of its student-athletes while emphasizing the university and athletics department mission, vision, core values and culture.
Traditional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 1) coaching effectively in practice and competition, 2) energetic and engaged recruiting, 3) promoting an atmosphere of compliance and student-athlete academic performance, 4) scheduling and budget management, 5) fundraising, 6) program organization, 7) teaching life skills to student-athletes and 8) engaging the university and local community by building relationships with constituent group members and by personal and team participation in community service activities.
For consideration, please submit via the Drury employment website: 1) a cover letter addressing qualifications for the position, your vision for the program and your coaching philosophy, 2) a resume, and 3) contact information for professional references. All applicants must apply via the Drury employment website and are not accepted via mail, e-mail or fax. For assistance, contact the Drury Human Resources Department at 417-873-7434.
This is a full-time position with a full benefits package. Full-time benefits include tuition remission, health, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement and tax savings plans. Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications. A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment with Drury University is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
Drury University is an open and welcoming community from a rich variety of cultures, races and socio-economic backgrounds. The mission and goals of the university dedicate the institution to being a community which “affirms the quality and worth of all peoples” and appreciates the “diversity of human culture, language, history and experience.” Drury University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or veteran status in its programs and activities.
A bachelor’s degree is required (graduate degree preferred) and a minimum of two years of experience coaching the sport (college coaching experience preferred), or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred experience: four years of successful collegiate men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coaching experience at the NCAA Division I or II level; Division I or II men’s or women’s cross country and/or track & field participation experience
An understanding of, and commitment to the fundamental role that intercollegiate athletics, when properly implemented, can play in the educational development of Drury student-athletes
Possession of a thorough knowledge of the sport, a sophisticated understanding of coaching strategies, and an ability to enhance athlete development
Leadership skills and the ability to manage team dynamics
Budget management experience
Ability to recruit qualified student-athletes to an academically competitive institution
Knowledge of and commitment to NCAA rules
Ability to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the program and monitor the activities of all assistant coaches and other individuals directly and indirectly involved with the program
Ability to work successfully with other departments and constituency groups on campus and in the community
Ability to motivate and develop student-athletes academically and athletically
Ability to work evening and weekend hours
Ability to travel for work-related activities (e.g., competitions and recruiting)
Attention to detail while maintaining an understanding of the big picture
Strong organizational skills resulting in the ability to prioritize workload and meet short-term deadlines on a regular basis
Strong written and verbal communications skills
Ability to supervise assigned staff
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
Commitment to working with multicultural populations and an awareness of issues affecting women, minorities and international student-athletes
Ability to manage competition scheduling and budgets, fundraise and teaching life skills to student-athletes
Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record
Proficiency with appropriate computer applications and general office equipment and software
About Drury University
Drury University, a small private university located in Springfield, Missouri, offers students a bold new academic experience – one that breaks the mold of single majors and rigid formulas most often associated with traditional education. This new program guarantees that all students will receive a blend of life credentials and career credentials, allowing them to pursue their intellectual passions while giving them the tools they need to be technically proficient and career-ready.
Through this intentional combination of study in professional and non-professional areas, students will learn to be flexible, innovative and creative problem solvers. They will go beyond traditional education and thinking by blending career, calling, life, community, self and service.
University Mission & Vision
Drury is an independent university, church-related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practi...cal knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community.