The head coach oversees all aspects of the structure, leadership, and administration of the intercollegiate athletic program in a manner that aligns with the mission and values of the University and Athletics department. This position recruits and works to retain student-athletes; monitors student-athletes’ academic progress; strives for competitive success; manages the budget; oversees coaching staff; and verifies the program’s compliance with University and governing body guidelines.
Essential Job Functions and Performance Indicators
The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and level of responsibility that will be required of positions given this title. This description shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
Student-Athlete Academic Success
Prioritizes, promotes, and actively supports student-athlete academic achievement
Manages and monitors all aspects of the SLS athletic program, including academic success, retention, and graduation progress; implements action plans with the appropriate academic staff when necessary
Follows appropriate academic policies and effectively collaborates with the Faculty
Athletics Representative (FAR) and Academic Support Services to resolve conflicts
Competitive Success of Sport
Identifies, evaluates, and recruits student-athletes for success at Lindenwood University
Imparts to student-athletes the fundamental philosophy, skills, and knowledge essential to the sport
Produces a high-performing team capable of meeting and maintaining competitive expectations as determined by the University athletic administration
Acts in accordance with the athletic code of conduct and exhibits a professional and sportsman-like manner
Maintains current knowledge of and adheres to the policies, procedures, bylaws, regulations, and rules of Lindenwood University, Intercollegiate Athletics, and the program’s governing body
Completes all program administrative responsibilities according to procedures
Operates a fiscally responsible program; provides leadership for the team’s fundraising activities and program advancement initiatives
Properly cares for, stores, distributes, and maintains a detailed inventory of team equipment, uniforms, and supplies
Communication, Collaboration, and Q2 Service Excellence
Supports the mission of the University and serves as an ambassador of the Q2 culture of service excellence
Models, supports, and holds others accountable to the University’s values – integrity, dedication, excellence, creativity, and teamwork – and to Athletics values: responsible, original, all-encompassing, and relentless
Promotes and takes pride in the Athletics department
Anticipates needs of students, colleagues, and administrators; takes ownership to respond promptly
Community Relations and Engagement
Establishes effective relationships with the community while positively representing the program, department, and University
Creates experiential learning opportunities for student-athletes by actively engaging or participating in campus and/or community outreach projects and events
Maintains effective relationships with alumni and works to keep them engaged with the University
Employee Management and Development
Sets clear performance expectations for coaching staff and holds them accountable
Provides specific, ongoing, and sincere feedback to guide assistant coach’s performance
Encourages and supports assistant coaches toward engaging in professional growth opportunities in conjunction with the performance evaluation process and the establishment of development goals
Conducts thorough and timely performance evaluations based on evidence, observation, and feedback
Actively listens, seeks diversity of thought, and holds staff accountable for commitment to inclusive principles
Job may require other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications – An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered. Additional requirements may be designated by position.
Minimum of 3 years’ coaching experience preferred
Collegiate-level coaching experience preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform this job competently.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
Well-versed and knowledgeable in matters pertaining to the sport and governing body
Ability to develop student-athletes to compete at conference, regional, and national competitive levels
Ability to use discretion and sound judgment
Strong leadership skills
Strong collaborative skills
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with the community, faculty, students, and staff
Strong creative skills
Ability to take initiative
Highly developed analytical and organizational skills
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of this job’s functions.
Standard business hours
Evening and weekend work
Physical Abilities – The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform this job’s essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Ability to perform technical aspects of assigned sport
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function
Equal Opportunity Employer
Lindenwood University is an Equal Opportunity employer. The University complies with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and provides equal employment opportunities and access to educational programs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status to all qualified applicants and employees. Lindenwood University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and dedicated to providing a positive discrimination-free educational work environment.
Founded in 1827, Lindenwood is a dynamic four-year institution dedicated to excellence in higher education. Our historic campus is situated in the heart of St. Charles, Mo., a growing community of more than 65,000 just west of St. Louis.
We offer 131 degree programs to approximately 10,000 students a year through values-centered programs that lead to development of the whole person. Our faculty, staff, and administration are committed to an integrative curriculum that focuses on the talents, interests, and future of our students. Lindenwood is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Lindenwood University is known nationally and internationally for innovation, entrepreneurship, and extraordinary dedication to students. We believe that education is the way to personal freedom and responsibility, which are the keystones of any democracy. We have a heritage that dates back nearly 200 years. In that time, we have learned how to educate in a way that helps each student become an enlightened, principled citizen of a global community.