Assistant Track and Field/Cross Country Coach
This position is classified as a 10-month full-time at-will employment appointment with administrative (30%) and coaching (teaching) (70%) responsibilities. This position is eligible to accrue sick leave at a rate of 10 hours each month, but will not accrue vacation leave.
Under the supervision of the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country (Head Coach), the Assistant Coach will provides support and assistance to the intercollegiate Track & Field/Cross Country program including, but not limited to the following aspects: preparation of training/practice sessions (sprint/hurdle, distance, & field events), recruiting activities, meet preparation, team travel arrangements & logistics, and professional communication amongst the coaching staff, student-athletes, athletic trainers, administrators, and university constituents..
Position Essential Functions:
- Promote the philosophy and objectives of the intercollegiate athletics program; to include adhering to and enforcing all Departmental policies and procedures, as well as rules and regulations of the University, and the NCAA.
- Assist with development and administration of all phases of the program including recruitment, training, practice, competition, scheduling, paperwork, and adherence to NCAA regulations.
- In cooperation with the Head Coach, the Assistant Coach will develop and maintain a system to identify potential recruits and to work closely with high schools and travel to recruit quality student-athletes to the University of Central Oklahoma.
- Identify and recruit quality student-athletes, both nationally and locally.
- Assist with the daily administrative duties of the program.
- Work in conjunction with the Head Coach and appropriate University personnel to encourage the development of psychological, social, and mental skills necessary for the student-athlete to be successful in the classroom, on the track and field, and in future endeavors;
- Work with the Head Coach in developing individual athletes, training/meet plans, and individual workout and practice needs for various student-athletes;
- Assist with scheduling for practices and competition, interfacing with administrators and representatives from other schools/facilities.
- Monitor the conditioning and training of student-athletes. Working closely with Strength Coach and Athletic Training staff;
- Assist with travel to and from meets including, but not limited to, driving to meets and traveling with team on busses/vans.
- Assist the Head Coach by informing team leaders and individual team members of their responsibilities, duties, roles, etc.
- Cooperate with the University of Central Oklahoma’s athletic personnel for efficient utilization of shared facilities;
- Assist with organizing and hosting both cross country and track and field events.
- Serve as a role model for the student-athletes by exhibiting ethical and professional conduct;
- Participate in clinics, exhibitions, and camps, as approved;
- Represent the Department at professional, civic, charitable, and alumni events, as requested;
- Represent UCO at various local events, throughout the community;
- Assist with fundraising opportunities and budget preparations;
Bachelor’s degree and experience coaching at high school or college level with a commitment to Division II philosophy. Preference for minimum of two years in collegiate coaching and/or experience as a student-athlete or the equivalent combination of education and experience. NCAA experience preferred.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of NCAA DII Track & Field rules/guidelines and the ability to teach/coach critical meet preparation skills, as well as create and administer a comprehensive training plan.
- Adheres to departmental policies and procedures, as well as rules and regulations of the University, the MIAA Conference and the NCAA.
- Ensure compliance of the program with University and NCAA.
- Knowledge and experience of the Division II philosophy.
- Demonstrated skills in developing and motivating students both academically and athletically.
- Understanding of teacher/coach model in a NCAA Division II athletics program.
- Ability to objectively evaluate physical skills in the areas of physical potential and mental capability for intercollegiate athletics.
- Proficiency in computer use and relevant Microsoft applications. Experience with recruiting and compliance software (ARMS, Jump Forward, etc.).
- Ability to demonstrate effective communication skills both orally and in writing.
- Ability to effectively communicate both within and outside the University including, but not limited to, student- athletes, parents, recruits, coaches, athletic training staff, and athletic department staff.
- Ability to provide effective leadership to student athletes to encourage both successful academic development and competitive performance.
- Ability to work within the team oriented philosophy in the athletics department.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule.
- Travel is a requirement of this position.
- Valid driver license with good driving record required; must be insurable.
- Must have current training certification in First Aid, CPR and AED or have scheduled date for re-certification.
Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Position involves both inside sedentary work and outside work on the field coaching and training situations with student-athletes; Evening and weekend hours in all types of weather, with travel between campuses is necessary. Lifting of heavy track and field equipment. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.