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Head Men’s Wrestling Coach

Utica University
Utica, New York
Posted Date
Sep 28, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Athletics
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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The head coach is responsible for all aspects of the men’s wrestling program, including, but not limited to: practice preparation, skill instruction, coaching, player development, recruiting, budget management, team travel, scheduling, academic success and student-athlete welfare.

Major Responsibilities:

• Understanding of, and adherence to, the Utica University Athletic Department philosophy, NCAA rules and regulations as well as appropriate wrestling conference policies.
• Maintain and/or build the sport program that is competitive at the conference level.
• Recruitment of student athletes: recruit student athletes in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations; recruit an adequate number of student athletes; and recruit student athletes of sufficient skill to maintain quality of the program.
• Retention of student athletes: assess academic performance of student athletes at least once each semester; ensure academic retention of student athletes minimally mirrors retention rate of the college.
• Demonstrate effective coaching through content knowledge, practice construction and execution, and the affective dimension (e.g., interpersonal interactions, enthusiasm, respect and rapport). Plan and coordinate effective team practices in preparation for competition; serve as game coach for each contest; instruct student athletes in physical health (strength, conditioning & skill training); instruct individual/team concepts, and safety.
• Administer the individual sport team budget throughout the academic year.
• Ensure that monies are appropriately spent and documented.
• Ensure all sport specific equipment and uniforms are: issued at beginning of each season, maintained throughout the season, collected and returned
• Ensure all documentation and paperwork is completed in a timely fashion.
• Ensure compliance with NCAA and wrestling conference regulations and adhere to Department of Athletics Policies and Procedures.
• Represent the University in a professional and ethical manner consistent with the Utica University mission, vision, values and campus priorities.
• Demonstrate continued growth and development in sport as demonstrated by continuing education, participation in professional organizations, enrollment in training programs, and research.
• Leadership development of staff and student athletes in the sport team.
• Effective management of coaching and support staff.
• Supervision of Facilities.
• Coordinate fundraising activities to support the program financially immediately at the end of the season, and inventoried on an annual basis. 
• Responsible for working with supervisor and other team members to achieve successful results on all established individual and departmental goals and key performance indicators.
• May be required to perform other secondary duties as assigned such as teaching a physical education class or game management



• Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred. 
• 3-5 years collegiate coaching wrestling experience or equivalent.
• Must possess a strong working knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.
• Must be certified in first aid, CPR and AED.

Skills and Abilities: 

• Ability to recruit, inspire, mentor, coach and teach highly talented student-athletes.
• Ability to teach or work with a diverse student population.
• A strong identification with and support of Utica University mission, vision and campus priorities.
• Ability to adhere to all policies, rules and regulations of Utica University and the NCAA.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the public.
• Ability to communicate effectively – via technology, in person, and in writing.
• Ability to represent the department and university in a friendly, courteous and professional manner.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment as needed.
• Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgement based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities.
• Ability to hire and supervise qualified assistants and student employees.
• Ability to respond to emergency situations in a timely manner.
• Ability to integrate resources, policies, and information for the determination of procedures, solutions, and other outcomes.
• Knowledge of management methods and ability to provide administrative guidance within the area of responsibility and provide direct training and supervision as needed.
• Ability to market and promote Utica University.
• Ability to raise funds and communicate the successes, giving opportunities and mission and goals of the athletic program to potential donors and current supporters of Utica University athletics.
• Knowledge of budgeting and fiscal planning techniques and ability to apply within financial constraints.
• Ability to attend seminars, meetings and other professional development opportunities at or away from Utica University.


Founded in 1946, Utica University is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The University enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students. 

A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.

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