Head Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach
- The Head Soccer Coach manages the soccer programs in a manner that reflects the values and mission of the department and University, serving as a role model and mentor to the student athletes in order to reinforce the highest standards of conduct.
- The Head Soccer Coach is a member of the Athletics team and reports to the Assistant Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics.
Education and Experience:
Required: A bachelor’s degree is required. Three (3) to five (5) years of collegiate or high school coaching experience is required.
Preferred: Prior successful collegiate coaching experience preferred with NAIA coaching experience a plus; successful development and management of coaching clinics and camps.
- A suitable combination of education and experience may be substituted for minimum requirements.
Demonstrate an attitude and behavior that reflects the values and mission of the department and University.
• Plan, organize and conduct practices and athletic training programs that will result in a highly competitive men’s and women’s soccer program.
• Teach advanced level offensive and defensive skills, game and team strategies.
• Develop, and oversee the coaching skills of the assistant coach.
• Establish and enforce standards of conduct and behavior for team members.
• Remain current with and utilize successful coaching strategies and techniques.
• Responsible to develop and oversee a successful recruitment program of student athletes for men’s and women’s soccer; identify and recruit highly skilled athletes within the rules, policies and procedures established by, the Athletic Conference and the NAIA.
• Coordinate recruitment activities with the athletic director, assistant coach, and other key campus constituents.
• Coordinate the development and of recruitment materials; approve final products.
• Develop a campus visitation program for prospective student athletes and their parents; maintain close communication with prospects and their parents throughout the recruitment process.
• Coordinate recruitment activities with representatives from the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Admissions.
• Make final determination of scholarship offers to student athletes; staying at all times within the regulations of NAIA, Sooner Athletic conference, the athletic department, and the university.
• Meet recruitment roster goals as determined by the Athletic Director
Academic and Teaching Responsibilities:
• Teach varsity sports class for academic credit; following all requirements established by the academic unit.
• Develop and regularly monitor the academic status of each player; develop programs or services to support and encourage academic success.
• Develop a strategic plan that will significantly improve the 5-year graduation rate of team members.
• Ensure compliance with all Sooner Conference and NAIA rules by team coaches and players.
• Prepare competitive fall and spring men’s and women’s soccer schedules and present to Athletic Director for approval.
• Manage, assign and oversee all administrative tasks related to home games and events; schedule games & facility, hire officials and other support personnel, equipment set-up; communicate and coordinate game management responsibilities with the Athletic Director.
• Plan & lead team meetings or assign specific responsibilities to the assistant coach.
• Hire, supervise, and conduct performance reviews of assistant coaches.
• Initiate disbursement of scholarships to student-athletes, within NAIA and university guidelines after review and approval by the Athletic Director.
• Establish and regularly monitor all aspects of the budget, including requisitions, travel expenses, and other purchases; ensure compliance with all university purchasing and budget regulations; complete monthly reconciliation of charge card expenses and submit for approval to the AD.
• Coordinate maintenance and facility improvements.
• Attend departmental staff meetings and special events; provide leadership and support for departmental activities and efforts.
External Relations and Development Responsibilities:
• Increase the team’s visibility and presence on campus and within the NBA Team community.
• In conjunction with the Sports Information Director, develop promotional public relation pieces and plan on and off-campus public relations events and activities.
• Organize and develop an active booster club for men and women’s soccer program; develop club leadership, fund-raising and club activities.
• Develop and maintain a cooperative working relationship with faculty, students and staff.
• Develop a close working relationship with the local media.
• Develop a highly visible presence in the NBA Team community by participating in and speaking at local business club meetings.
• Develop and implement a plan to maintain and/or re-establish supportive relationships with alumni.
• Develop and administer soccer coaching clinic(s) to be held on campus during the off-season.
• Develop a close relationship with coaches of state and regional high schools and junior colleges.
• Prepare and implement a multi-year development plan that will substantially increase revenue and subsidize the university budget allocated for the men’s and women’s soccer program.
• Attend, participate and support university-wide activities and events; increase team visibility by supporting student-athlete participation in university activities and events.
• Develop relationships with campus student groups and other constituents to increase game attendance.
• Develop and administer youth soccer camps to be held on campus during the off-season.
• Thorough understanding of and commitment to NAIA rules and regulations.
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
• Knowledge of student-athlete recruitment principles.
• Knowledge of student-athlete scholarship process.
• Ability to demonstrate soccer skill and technique and other physical conditioning.
• Ability to establish a productive rapport with team members.
• Familiarity with academic requirements for student-athletes.
• Ability to apply budgeting and fiscal planning techniques.
• Ability to maintain a cooperative working relationship with faculty, students, staff, and the public.
• Ability to represent the soccer team and athletic programs including skill in developing promotional materials and skill in public speaking/presentation.
• Knowledge of fund-raising activities in support of athletic programs and teams.
• Technical fluency to effectively use computers, software, applications, and social media platforms as required.
• Must be able to lift and, carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds, such as athletic equipment, boxes of paper, etc.
• Must be able to bend, stoop, and reach.
• Manual dexterity to efficiently operate a computer keyboard and other business machines.
• Near vision sufficient to read written communications and computer display screens.
Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person and by phone.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
• Significant evening, night and week-end work required.
• Work is primarily indoors.
• May be exposed to steady, fairly loud noises.
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