Head Coach for Golf

Swarthmore College
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 9, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology & Physical Education, Administrative, Student Affairs, Athletics
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and recreation is currently accepting applications for the full-time position of Head Coach for Golf beginning August 1, 2022. The successful candidate will understand the mission of Swarthmore College, the role that intercollegiate athletics plays to support it, and will possess a record of successful leadership, preferably as a head coach. The Head Coach will coordinate all aspects of the program including organization, administration, budget management, alumni relations, fundraising, and adherence to Conference policies. The successful candidate will also develop and maintain positive communication with alumni, parents, and friends of the program. Teaching of physical education and an additional responsibility within the department will be expected, as well as other duties as assigned by the director of athletics.

The Head Golf Coach will serve as the head coach for the existing men’s golf program, and will lead the process of starting a women’s golf program, which they will also oversee.

Qualified candidates must possess a bachelor's degree, although strong preference will be given to those who have a master’s degree and head coaching experience. Candidates will have strong recruiting, teaching, coaching skills, and an ability to build and maintain relationships with student-athletes, faculty, administration, and community. Candidates will possess a record of successful leadership in competitive Golf, preferably as a head coach, and will understand the role of intercollegiate athletics within the educational framework of a highly competitive academic environment.

A member of the NCAA Division III and the Centennial Conference. Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.

Essential Responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee and manage all aspects of the men’s golf program—including, but not limited to: competition, practice, and team activities; travel; budget management; recruitment of student-athletes; fundraising; oversight of assistant coaches/staff; scheduling; etc.

  • Teach Physical Education courses as assigned

  • Prepare and manage the budget for the golf program

  • Foster and promote a healthy, inclusive program culture that prioritizes sportsmanship, integrity, the holistic development of student-athletes, and other core values

  • Coordinate the scheduling of competition, practice, and activities of the golf program

  • Work with members of athletic administration when and where appropriate to effectively manage the golf program

  • Supervise all individuals within the golf program

  • Adhere to rules, policies, and regulations of the Department, Swarthmore College, the Centennial Conference, and the NCAA

  • Responsible for creating and executing recruitment strategies aimed at building a robust and competitive roster

  • Maintain accurate records and follow Departmental procedures in an effective and timely manner

  • Promote the mission and values of Swarthmore College and Swarthmore Athletics

  • Ensures all appropriate safety guidelines and standards are followed during practice, competition, travel, and all team activities

  • Support and collaborate with athletic administration, as well as support areas (e.g. Sports Medicine, Sports Performance, Sports Communications, Equipment Room, etc.)

  • Demonstrate integrity and high moral and ethical standards in all efforts, actions, and decisions

  • Become familiar with campus resources to support student-athletes’ holistic development

  • Other duties as assigned

Additional Responsibilities

  • Cultivate relationships with alumni

  • Demonstrate internal effectiveness within the Department; support and promote other sports programs and administrative efforts

  • Attend departmental meetings and trainings

  • Uphold College and Departmental policies and standards within the golf program

  • Ability to maintain composure when faced with difficult situations and to utilize appropriate problem-solving skills

  • Mange team equipment in collaboration with the Equipment Room staff

  • Serve on departmental and College committees as needed/assigned

  • Coordinate community service, programming, and/or team bonding activities

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  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 5+ years related experience of coaching golf at the collegiate level, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Knowledge of sport-specific fundamentals, techniques, and safety rules and regulations

  • Knowledge of intercollegiate sports, preferably at the Division III level

  • Current CPR, AED, and First Aid certifications

  • Ability to work independently and manage primary aspects of golf program

  • Understanding of and adherence to NCAA Division III philosophy, policies, and procedures, as well as those of the Centennial Conference

  • Ability to communicate effectively with student-athletes, departmental colleagues, support staff, and various internal and external constituencies

  • Ability to recruit with highly selective academic and athletic standards on a national level, instruct, and motivate student-athletes on sport fundamentals


  • Master’s degree preferred

  • Head coaching experience, preferably at the collegiate level

  • 8+ years related experience of coaching golf at the collegiate level, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Demonstrated experience building and elevating competitive golf programs

  • Previous experience coaching women’s golf

  • Knowledge of and competency with computers/technologies as needed (e.g. word processing, email)

Physical Demands

The Head Golf Coach must be able to work extended and/or unconventional hours, including evenings and weekends. This position requires moderate physical activity, including standing and/or walking for extended periods of time, handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds, and may include the requirement to drive team vans as needed.

Working Conditions

The Head Golf Coach will spend extended periods of time on golf courses and will have extended exposure to environmental elements. This position includes frequent travel to various courses for practice and competition; candidate must have the ability to travel locally, regionally, and nationally for practice, competition, and/or recruiting.

Please submit a cover letter, an up-to-date resume, and names & contact information for three references for full consideration via Interfolio apply.interfolio.com/107989. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Effective July 21, 2021, Swarthmore is requiring all new employees to show proof of being fully vaccinated by their start date, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. For more information about Swarthmore's vaccine requirements, please visit the Swarthmore COVID-19 Response website.

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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