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Assistant Football Coach (Defensive Backs)

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 28, 2024

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

Assistant Football Coach (Defensive Backs)

Location: Athletics
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 607761
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

  • This position is posted as Assistant Football Coach (Defensive Backs), which is a working title. The NAU system title for this position is Assistant Coach, Sr - Football.
  • This position is an on-site position which requires the incumbent to complete their work primarily at an NAU site, campus, or facility with or without accommodation. Opportunities for remote work are rare.
  • This position requires extensive traveling.

Job Description

The Assistant Football Coach (Defensive Backs) will provide support to the Head Coach and the Defensive Coordinator in all aspects of on field coaching, player development, academic success, recruiting, film study, practice organization, position meetings, scouting opponents, special teams coaching, and other duties as assigned. This position will potentially supervise: student assistant coaches, volunteer coaches and other assistant coaches.

All coaches have a duty to cooperate with and furnish the NCAA, Big Sky Conference and NAU with complete information concerning involvement in or knowledge of rules violations as mandated by NCAA.

Bylaw 10.1. Satisfactory rules knowledge and rules compliance are conditions of employment.

This position, in particular, will fully participate and cooperate in compliance related activities, procedures and evaluation. Coaches are held to strict NCAA guidelines regarding all of the following:
  • Athletic Equipment and Apparel
  • Coaching Staff Limits and Contracts
  • Complimentary Admissions
  • Employment of Student Athletes
  • Financial Aid
  • Institutional Camps and Clinics
  • Institutional Certification of Compliance
  • Playing and Practice Seasons
  • Representatives of the University's Athletic Interests
  • Rules Education

On Field Coaching - 35%
  • Design and implementation of football drills and activities consistent with NCAA Division 1 colleges.
  • With the safety of the student-athlete at the forefront, drills will focus on defensive pass defending, run defending, tackling, etc.

Position Meeting Lead - 30%
  • Lead meetings for specified position group including video review of practice, review of past games, detailed breakdown of upcoming games, tests and quizzes as necessary.

Recruiting - 30%
  • Recruiting student-athletes both on campus and in designated geographic area.
  • Extensive travel, budgeting, pre visit phone calls, interaction with potential student-athletes, parents and guardians.
  • On campus hosting for official and unofficial visits.

Other - 5%
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field.
  • 2-4 years of college coaching experience.
  • Must possess current AZ Driver's License.
  • Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Playing and coaching experience at the Division 1 level preferred (college level or higher).
  • Exceptional understanding of Defensive Football.
  • Knowledge of NCAA rules and guidelines.
  • Recruiting experience.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the sport.
  • Knowledge of collegiate athletics and student-athlete demands, including NCAA rules.
  • Knowledge of athletic training and conditioning programs and routines.
  • Knowledge of athletic equipment care and maintenance techniques.

  • Interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated competitive coaching skills in area of sporting specialty.
  • Analytical, evaluative, and objective critical thinking.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work with diverse student athletes and coaches.

  • Communicates effectively.
  • Works effectively with student-athletes.
  • Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment.

Driving Requirement

Driving a vehicle on behalf of the university is anticipated to be a regular part of this position. Arizona Administrative Code Fleet Safety Policy requires all employees who drive on university business become authorized by submitting Driver's license information for driving record monitoring, and completion of training appropriate to the level of driving performed. The law applies to all faculty, staff, and students who drive personal or university-owned motorized vehicles for any business purpose. More information on the NAU Authorized Driver Policy can be found on the NAU website.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Anticipated salary range is $47,634 - $59,542. Annual salary commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


This is a Service Professional (SPF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis, renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Professional Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of the pay period following election. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following election.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Application Deadline

March 5, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773,, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Know Your Rights Poster

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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