Juniata College invites applications for a full-time Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach. Juniata is a co-educational, liberal arts college, highly regarded for its academic excellence, with an enrollment of 1,400 students. The Tennis programs compete at home on the Raffensperger Tennis Courts, a premier facility constructed in 2016 as a part of the Winton Hill Athletic Complex. Juniata is a founding member of the highly regarded Landmark Conference, which is committed to conducting intercollegiate athletics programs in a way that recognizes, as paramount, the centrality of the academic mission at each member institution.
Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to; recruiting, scheduling, budget management, practice and instruction, hiring and management of assistant coaches. Appropriate collateral administrative or coaching responsibilities will be assigned. The ideal candidate will have previous college coaching and/or playing experience and an understanding of the Division III philosophy and its role at a private liberal arts institution. This is a full-time position that offers a twelve month contract. Candidates must have experience recruiting on the collegiate level, possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills, communicate effectively, and demonstrate a willingness to work in a team-oriented environment that values community.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide vision and build a positive team culture committed to the welfare of our student-athletes, a positive representation of the college, academic excellence, citizenship, and competitive success.
Practice organization, planning, scheduling, preparation, and execution.
Develop and implement specific training and skill development programs.
Prepare the team for competitions including; scouting reports, meetings, and instruction.
Develop and implement appropriate in-competition coaching techniques and strategies.
Recruit and retain qualified student-athletes.
Develop and meet recruiting goals in consultation with the Athletics Director and Enrollment.
Maintain roster sizes in accordance with agreed upon maximum and minimum roster ranges.
Provide support, oversight, assistance, to student-athletes with regards to academic performance, planning, and success.
Meet department standards for academic success.
Effectively manage all aspects of the program’s budget including the purchase of all athletic equipment and supplies, and the management of the programs travel and recruiting budgets.
Hire, train, mentor, assistant coaches, student-assistants, and student managers.
Schedule all non-traditional and traditional competitions and practices.
Develop, recommend, and enforce appropriate levels of discipline, behavior, rules, regulations, and conduct.
Serve as team spokesman and appropriately represent the program and the college on campus and in the community.
Ensure adherence to the rules, regulations, and policies of all governing bodies— Juniata College Athletics, Juniata College, Landmark Conference, and National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Participate in overall administration of the Athletics Department by representing the office as requested and cooperatively assisting colleagues. This includes attending all mandatory department activities and functions, membership on department and campus committees, and participation upon request in enrollment, fundraising, and/or promotional events.
Serve as game/event manager as requested.
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics.
Knowledge and capabilities normally acquired through completion of a Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge and understanding of NCAA rules, regulations, and the Division III philosophy.
Three to five years of collegiate coaching &/or playing experience.
Demonstrated ability to teach, strategize, recruit, lead, manage, represent, and oversee a nationally competitive athletic program.
Founded in 1876, Juniata is an independent, co-educational college of liberal arts and sciences that draws students from more than 35 U.S. states and 30 to 40 nations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and South America. Juniata’s exceptionally strong programs in the sciences and education; innovative business and international studies offerings; signature programs in peace studies, museum studies, and integrated media arts; and experience-driven humanities offerings pair with the Juniata College Curriculum’s focus on local and global engagement to create an invigorating campus environment.
Juniata is among the nation’s top private colleges due to its educational quality, commitment to access, and distinctive environment. Its spirit is shown in memorable traditions including Mountain Day, Storming of the Arch, Lobsterfest, and Liberal Arts Symposium.
For nearly five decades, Juniata has empowered students to design their educational experience. Students use the College’s signature Program of Emphasis (POE) system to work with two faculty advisers to shape their education. Because the POE is more flexible than a major, Juniata students pursue varied interests and discover tale...nts in a system that rewards their initiative. About one third of Juniata students author a totally customized, individualized POE. Well over half of all students shape designated (pre-designed) POEs to meet their goals.
Because its students favor forging their own way, Juniata is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s influential book, Colleges That Change Lives. Juniata students transcend what they think is possible, choosing the College for the strong community of people who partner with them in pursuing academic achievement, professional preparation, and personal growth.
Juniata earns accolades annually from The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Washington Post, Money magazine, and U.S. News & World Report, which places Juniata on its list of the top 100 national liberal arts colleges. Juniata earned a 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for comprehensive internationalization on campus; Juniata enrolls a very high percentage of international students, of whom two-thirds are four-year degree-seeking students. The College recently earned recognition for its academic offerings, its successes related to diversity and inclusion, and its programs to prevent interpersonal violence. Its faculty and staff so appreciate the strong student focus that Juniata has been recognized in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s survey, “Great Colleges to Work For,” every year since its inception.
Juniata College takes an intentional approach to ensuring access and degree attainment, guaranteeing students graduation in four years or fewer, both to maximize career momentum and to minimize costs. The Juniata College Curriculum is rooted in interdisciplinarity and engagement, reflecting the pragmatic ethos of Juniata and matching it with contemporary student learning needs.
The College’s QUEST program integrates academic affairs and student life to provide students resources to strengthen academic skills, explore career and aspirational discernment, and maximize success.
Located in the rugged mountains of central Pennsylvania in a spot seemingly reserved for the purpose of fostering exploration, Juniata’s 110-acre main campus is enhanced by the nearby 315-acre Baker-Henry Nature Preserve and Baker Peace Chapel and the 400-acre Sparks Farm. In addition, a 365-acre environmental studies Field Station on nearby Raystown Lake provides one of the most distinctive opportunities in environmental science in the nation.
On campus, a broad, open quadrangle—the hub of student activity—is surrounded by core facilities, including the LEED-Gold certified Founders Hall, home to the humanities, QUEST, and College administration; the 88,000 square-foot von Liebig Center for Science; the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center, home to several championship athletic teams; the all-new 42,000 square-foot Kepple Hall, home to integrated media and studio arts; the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts and its innovative Suzanne von Liebig Theatre, a black box space utilized by the College’s groundbreaking theatre program; and the Beeghly Library, an intellectual heart of the campus soon to be renovated to reflect the College’s contemporary student learning strategies.
Juniata is located in the county seat of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, along the Juniata River in the heart of south-central Pennsylvania, in a town where both the writing tablet and reflective road paint were invented. Now home to a growing community of artists, small-business entrepreneurs, the Allegrippis Trails (recognized as one of the best mountain biking trail complexes in the world), Raystown Lake, and the sprawling Rothrock Forest, Huntingdon’s small-town charm is connected to the larger central Pennsylvania region. Huntingdon is a half-hour drive from State College, where the state flagship university is located, and halfway between I-80 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Amtrak services Huntingdon with direct routes to Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and New York City.