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Head Coach - Women's Field Hockey

Washington and Jefferson College
Washington, Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 10, 2024

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

Job Details


The head field hockey coach is responsible for the direction and organization of the Washington & Jefferson College field hockey program. The coach is responsible for the recruitment and retention of academically and athletically qualified student athletes, supervision of coaching staff, practice planning, player skill/leadership development, fiscal responsibility and alumni cultivation. The coach is expected to demonstrate leadership, sportsmanship and conduct becoming of the coaching profession. In addition, the coach should maintain a professional and cooperative relationship with the College's faculty, working together for the benefit of the student-athlete. The coach is expected to annually review any rule changes relative to the sport and to always adhere to all rules, regulations and policies of NCAA Division III and the North Coast Athletic Conference (W&J is a NCAC affiliate in the sport of field hockey).

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Plan coaching and practice sessions in accordance with NCAA Division III rules and regulations.
  • Organize and conduct an appropriate number of practice sessions and direct all activities during contests.
  • Coach team members, individually and in groups, and demonstrate game techniques.
  • Develop and implement game strategy and position assignments.
  • Oversee the strength and conditioning programs for student athletes.
  • Provide an environment that supports the achievement of the academic goals of the student athlete.
  • Recruit quality prospective student-athletes and ensure timely submission of their academic records for admissions.
  • Includes identifying prospective student-athletes, evaluating high school prospects, and maintaining accurate records and a database in Front Rush.
  • Responsible for meeting the college-identified annual recruiting goal for the program (8-10 recruits)
  • Prepare a schedule of contests and team activities in conjunction with the director of athletics that complies with departmental policies, goals and objectives
  • Coordinates the scouting and video film online exchange through HUDL.
  • Administer the sport budget in a fiscally responsible manner; submit all purchase requests to the director of athletics for prior approval. Develop program's fundraising strategies.
  • Coordinate team travel, housing and meals and submit a travel itinerary prior to the start of each season.
  • Communicate and cooperate with the equipment manager regarding the distribution, collection and purchasing of athletic equipment and supplies.
  • Manage the development and coordination of community service projects for team members.
  • Cultivate alumni groups associated with the program in conjunction with the office of alumni programs.
  • Complete secondary duty as assigned by director of athletics
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
  • Knowledge of NCAA Division III rules and regulations
  • Knowledge of computers and athletic-related software programs
  • Knowledge of effective strategies which focus on helping an individual improve their skills and performance
  • Knowledge of recruitment to a NCAA Division III athletic department
  • Skill with the setting of learning goals and action planning
  • Skill in instruction of student athletes with fundamentals and principles of the sport
  • Skill in the analysis of problems and the development and implementation of solutions
  • Skill in developing leadership skills within a team and athletic department
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Supervisory duties
Supervisory Responsibilities

This position is responsible for supervision of 1 Intern Coach and 1-3 Part-time or Volunteer Coaches.


The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the position described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the position.

Job Description Status

The duties and responsibilities listed in this job description are illustrative ones anticipated for this position. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as required. Washington & Jefferson College reserves the right to amend or change this job description to meet the needs of its programs. This job description and any attachments do not constitute or represent a contract.

Application Instructions

Apply for this job at . Please submit a cover letter and resume. It is recommended that all documents be in PDF format and uploaded at one time. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Employee Benefits

Washington & Jefferson College offers a comprehensive benefit package for benefit eligible employees; including health, vision, and dental coverage, group life insurance, AD&D and LTD coverage, retirement plan, generous leave time, and the tuition benefit programs. These benefits add significantly to the employee's total compensation package.

Getting to Know W&J

Washington & Jefferson College is the best of both worlds: a small-town college setting in historic Washington, Pa., with easy access to the bustling business and cultural districts of nearby Pittsburgh, Pa. just 30 miles to the north. Founded in 1781, W&J College is a private, residential liberal arts college that is focused on student success. Our dedicated, experienced professors are passionate about teaching and work closely with our students to ensure that they receive a quality, comprehensive education. For more than 200 years, our alumni have influenced change in business, politics, medicine, and the arts and sciences as CEOs, lawyers, doctors, researchers, writers, teachers, and in many other equally worthy professions.

Celebrating Diversity

Washington & Jefferson College welcomes people of all backgrounds and beliefs who wish to participate in a diverse educational community. The College strives to be a place where all students, faculty, administrators and employees are able to live, study and work in an atmosphere free from bias and harassment. The College encourages civil debate and lively exchange of ideas in the belief that such exchanges promote understanding that will grow beyond simple tolerance of difference to embracing and celebrating the richness of diversity. Our graduates acquire knowledge and learn skills that help them thrive in a culturally diverse world.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, W&J College complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity, or national origin.


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For two and a half centuries, Washington & Jefferson College has provided a first-rate liberal arts education that is both broad and practical, preparing students as ethical leaders poised for professional success. The W&J experience stands apart by emphasizing continuous professional preparation and the development of leaders committed to a standard of uncommon integrity.

As one of the oldest colleges west of the Allegheny Mountains, W&J College has been educating people who become leaders in their professions and communities since 1781. We empower our students to assume roles of leadership throughout campus, and we lead the way in integrating professional readiness with intellectual engagement. Ethical leadership is embedded in our DNA – it’s how we approach our work and live our lives, how we learn and interact with our peers – and regardless of your academic pursuit, you will learn the key principles of leading with integrity.

Our beautiful 65-acre campus in Washington, Pennsylvania is in walking distance of the restaurants, coffee shops, and community events in a growing downtown business district. It’s also just 30 miles south of Pittsburgh and all it has to offer. On campus, you’ll find comfy spaces for study and social time in our eclectic mix of historic and modern buildings. And, with a variety of student activities like concerts and movie nights at our amphitheater, there’s always something going on.

We foster a supportive, diverse culture where all members of our campus community are valued, included, and able to realize their full potential. You’ll find community on campus through clubs and organizations centered around your interests, and internships, volunteer opportunities and more, you’ll build your community off-campus, too. With more than 20,000 hours of community service last year, we're taking the lead in living, playing, and serving in our extended community.

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