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Defensive Coordinator (Assistant Football Coach)

DePauw University
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 17, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Athletics
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

DePauw University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer: Women, members of underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Position will remain open until filled.

Please go to University Profile for more information about DePauw.


The defensive coordinator for football is responsible for assisting the head coach to implement and direct all phases of a competitive NCAA Division III football program at DePauw University. This includes recruiting quality student-athletes, organizing and planning practices and game strategies, scouting, coaching, scheduling, budgeting and planning team travel in compliance with University, conference and NCAA rules and regulations. The defensive coordinator also provides leadership in the personal, academic, and athletic development of student-athletes.

Based on the skills and talents of the individual, a secondary assignment within the football program is assigned.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions Statement(s)
  • Understand and comply with NCAA Division III, conference and University rules and regulations. Demonstrate sportsmanship and ethical conduct.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds and a commitment to a diverse community.
  • Implement and execute a comprehensive recruiting plan for the identification and recruitment of qualified student-athletes, and maintain an acceptable roster per the University
  • Demonstrate a scheduling philosophy that emphasizes academic priorities for student-athletes.
  • Develop and implement plans and strategies for practices and competition which result in athletics success.
  • Mentor student-athletes to ensure athletics and academic success.
  • Make transportation and lodging arrangements for team travel
  • Administer a fiscally sound athletics program.
  • Evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Monitor student-athletes' academic progression.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head Football Coach and/or Director of Athletics.

Competency Statement(s)
  • Accountability - Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
  • Analytical Skills - Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
  • Adaptability - Ability to adapt to change in the workplace.
  • Coaching and Development - Ability to provide guidance and feedback to help others strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas.
  • Consensus Building - Ability to bring about group solidarity to achieve a goal.
  • Diversity Oriented - Commitment to valuing a variety of different experiences, encouraging input and collaboration from campus stakeholders, including being mindful of experiences related, but not limited to: age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, LGBTQ, and/or job type.
  • Leadership - Ability to influence others to perform their jobs effectively and to be responsible for making decisions.
  • Relationship Building - Ability to effectively build relationships with customers and co-workers.
  • Team Builder - Ability to convince a group of people to work toward a goal.
  • Training - Ability to develop a particular skill in others to bring them up to a predetermined standard of work performance.
Education: Bachelor's Degree (four-year college or university) required. Master's degree preferred.

Experience: A minimum of three year's related coaching experience is required. Up to seven year's preferred. Understanding of and commitment to a liberal arts education, NCAA Division III athletic experience. Playing and/or coaching experience at the intercollegiate level in football. Proven ability to recruit quality student-athletes who fit the academic profile of the student body.

Computer Skills

Microsoft Office Suite, Internet, Google Apps, other programs as determined by specific responsibilities. Hudl film software. Web based communications tools (i.e., GroupMe, FrontRush, ARMS, TeamWorks )

Communication/Language: Intermediate: Ability to read and interpret documents. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Math Ability: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Certificates & Licenses

A valid US driver's license is required. Must maintain current certification in first aid, CPR/AED during employment.

Other Requirements
  • Strong communication skills
  • Commitment to and history of strong belief in mentoring students and demonstrated experience working with young adults
  • Desire to work in a rural, small-school environment devoted to providing liberal arts education, building community, and helping students prepare for their future careers
During the playing and practice season (generally 18 - 30 weeks in a 52 week period), when this individual's primary responsibility is coaching a sport, the coach will stand/walk/sit for 3-6 hours per day at practice, perform office tasks (meet with student-athletes and colleagues and respond to correspondence) for 5 hours per day, and on the phone and computer (primarily recruiting) 1-2 hours per day.

Outside of the playing and practice season or on days in which there is not scheduled practice or competition, the coach will sit 5 hours per day, walk/stand the remainder of the day, and conduct business both in-person and on the phone.

They must be able to enact the emergency action plan at practice and competition, supervise students on day and overnight travel, and organize/manage travel plans for themself and the team.

A coach is required to create and respond to correspondence (email and Microsoft office/Google docs) and maintain electronic recruiting records.

They must be able to provide basic demonstrations of skills and tactics, describe any modifications they are unable to demonstrate, apply appropriate game rules to the teaching and practicing and monitor for safety while coaching.

They must be able to recruit student-athletes, which requires phone calls and traveling off-campus, and evaluating written, oral and digital information from prospective student-athletes, and interact with outside interests in the form of DePauw alumni, high school coaches, club team coaches, and parents during the recruitment of student athletes. The coach must interact with colleagues from Admissions to ensure effective visits by prospective student athletes, which includes scheduling their student athletes for host training, securing hosts, and coordinating communication between themselves, the admissions office and the prospective student athlete.


DePauw University is a private liberal arts college in Greencastle, Indiana.

DePauw University

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