The University of Mary Athletic Department is seeking applicants for a Graduate Assistant of Wrestling Operations for the men's wrestling program. The primary role for this position is to ensure the wrestling program is organized and operated efficiently, and properly marketed. If the applicant has appropriate experience in wrestling, coaching duties may be assigned.
This position must promote an atmosphere of compliance where all policies and procedures of the Department and University, as well as rules and regulations of the NSIC, NCAA and other authorities that may legitimately influence the intercollegiate athletics program, are adhered to and enforced.
Candidates will be invited to demonstrate a willingness to support the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary.
Responsibilities include but not limited to the following:
Administer UMary Wrestling's social media accounts
Coordinate and organize the production of graphics and highlight videos
Oversee and update Wrestling Website (roster bios, schedule, press releases)
Organize travel arrangements (hotels, busses, food, etc.)
Administer dual and tournament day operations
Oversee team's academic progress (class/grade checks, supervise study tables)
Oversee team and fan apparel
Schedule campus visits for recruits
Oversee wrestling facilities (maintenance & upkeep)
Organize community engagement activities
Wrestling Camp coordinator
Manage NCAA Compliance for the wrestling program (CARA logs, recruiting forms, etc.)
Coaching duties may be assigned
Other duties assigned by the head coach
Meets eligibility requirements for admission to Graduate Studies at the University of Mary
Preferred degree in mass communications/marketing or an interest/experience in sports management
Preferred experience in collegiate wrestling and/or coaching
Strong communication skills (oral, written, marketing)
Proficient in social media use (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram)
Experience with photo and video editing preferred
Successful candidate will possess a good work ethic, attention to detail, outstanding organizational skills, and have the ability to manage sensitive and confidential student information
Work well with others
Creative self-driven mindset
Must be familiar with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Must support higher education in a Benedictine tradition
Upholds and promotes the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary.
Supports the ongoing implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic colleges and universities.
Builds a culture of ready and earnest hospitality in the Office of Athletics and throughout the university in accord with Saint Benedict's admonition that all be received as Christ.
Graduate Assistant positions also include:
Graduate Tuition waiver
A stipend is provided
A partial meal plan is provided
UMARY WRESTLING The Wrestling program began in the fall of 1987 and Hall of Fame coach Milo Trusty was at the helm through 2002. Trusty led the Marauders to a stretch of 10 straight conference championships. Jerry Nagel picked up the University of Mary's first All-American honor in 1989 and set the stage for Kerry Boumans to become the program's first four-time All-American, a feat only five others would match. In 1992, Monte Trusty claimed the Marauders' first national championship. Altogether, 10 Marauders have combined for 14 national championships in the programs history. After placing fourth in 1992 and third in 1994 at the NAIA National Championships, UMary earned National Runner-up finishes for two straight years (1996 and 1997) as Mike Seeger won his second national title in 1996 and Joe Tezak and Dan Hughes won titles in 1997. The Marauders continued to be national title team contenders behind the efforts of grapplers like Jeremy Engelhardt, the program's lone three-time champion (1999-00-01). Jesse Laber, a national champion in 2005, was the program's last National Champion during the NAIA era, before becoming the program's first NCAA DII All-American in 2008, which was the first year UMary was eligible to compete in the NCAA DII National tournament. Since transitioning to NCAA DII, UMary has had six NCAA DII All-Americans, three of which have earned that status in the past two seasons. This past season, the wrestling program set an attendance record for a home dual with over 1,100 fans and averaged over 900 fans for every home dual for the 2018-19 season. The wrestling program will be returning 174 pound All-American Phillip Springsteen for his Junior year campaign.
University of Mary Marauders Athletics The University of Mary is a member of NCAA Division II and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and offers nine varsity sports for women and eight for men. UMary became an active member of the NCAA in 2007. The process took only three years after the NCAA waived the final two provisional years, making the University of Mary's transition to active membership one of the quickest in the organization's history. The Marauders began competing in the NSIC in the fall of 2006.
Marauders History Athletics at the University of Mary began in 1970 when Fritz Fell was brought on board to start a men's basketball program. Al Bortke succeed Fell in 1973 as the men's basketball coach and athletic director and over the next 36 years would develop an athletic program that enjoyed tremendous success at the NAIA level and later in NCAA Division II. After achieving a record of 335-156 in 16 years as the men's basketball coach that included 11 20-win seasons, Bortke became UMary's first full-time athletic director in 1989. During Bortke's tenure, UMary grew from one varsity sport (men's basketball) to 19, as the Marauders athletic program became a national power in the NAIA. A member of both the Marauders and NAIA athletic halls of fame, Bortke spearheaded the University of Mary's move to NCAA Division II.