Job Summary: Responsible for leading, managing and administering all aspects of the sport in accordance with NCAA, conference and university rules and regulations while: 1) creating an atmosphere where graduation is facilitated through participation in intercollegiate athletics, 2) teaching student-athletes to be productive citizens who contribute to society for life, and 3) winning championships. Traditional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 1) coaching effectively in practice and competition, 2) energetic and engaged recruiting, 3) promoting an atmosphere of compliance and student-athlete academic performance, 4) scheduling and budget management, 5) fundraising, 6) program organization, 7) teaching life skills to student-athletes and 8) engaging the university and local community by building relationships with constituent group members and by personal and team participation in community service activities. The head coach must have a philosophy that maintains a competitive Division II program that values the educational and personal well-being of its student-athletes while emphasizing the university and athletics department mission, vision, core values and culture. Supervise staff if applicable. Conduct sport camps as desired.
Duties/Responsibilities: •Practice and Competition – Lead all efforts to teach student-athletes the techniques and tactics of the sport, demonstrate techniques of the sport, evaluate student-athlete and team performance, teach and engage student-athletes in appropriate strength and conditioning techniques, develop practice and competition plans, scout opposing teams (if applicable to the sport), develop competition schedules that will prepare the team for conference and NCAA championship success. •Recruiting – Lead all efforts to recruit prospective student-athletes who are: admissible to the university, NCAA qualifiers, good citizens who will represent the program well, motivated to graduate from Drury and excellent athletes in the sport. •Compliance – Promote an atmosphere of compliance for everyone who is directly and indirectly associated with the sport, comply with NCAA, conference and university rules and regulations. •Student-Athlete Academic Performance – Support student-athlete graduation by: monitoring student-athletes academic performance; implementing appropriate study hall, class checking and grade checking programs; partnering with faculty, tutors, mentors, advisors and other university staff to support the academic performance of student-athletes; and implementing appropriate practice and competition limitations as needed for student-athletes who are not performing adequately in the classroom. •Budget – Manage the budget so the program functions within the operating budget allocated by the university and any money raised to supplement the operating budget. •Supervise Staff (if applicable) – Recruit qualified applicants for positions, assign job duties, evaluate staff job performance, mentor staff members. •Fundraising – Collaborate with athletics department and advancement staff for fundraising events and promotional activities, secure donations needed to supplement the sport operating budget as necessary. •Student-Athlete Development – Supplement the education student-athletes receive in the classroom by teaching them life skills that will help them be productive citizens for life, support student-athlete development programming conducted by the athletics department and university. •Community Engagement – Promote a positive image of the program and the university by building relationships with constituent group members and by personal and team participation in community service activities; maintain positive relations with various media outlets, community groups, university departments and athletics department staff members. •Sports Camps – Organize and conduct sports camps as desired. •Performs other duties as assigned.
An understanding of, and commitment to the fundamental role that intercollegiate athletics, when properly implemented, can play in the educational development of Drury student-athletes
Possession of a thorough knowledge of the sport, a sophisticated understanding of coaching strategies, and an ability to enhance athlete development
Leadership skills and the ability to manage team dynamics
Budget management experience
Ability to recruit qualified student-athletes to an academically competitive institution
Knowledge of and commitment to NCAA rules
Ability to handle stressful situations in a professional manner
Ability to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the program and monitor the activities of all assistant coaches and other individuals directly and indirectly involved with the program
Ability to work successfully with other departments and constituency groups on campus and in the community
Ability to motivate and develop student-athletes academically and athletically
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
Commitment to working with multicultural populations and an awareness of issues affecting women, minorities and international student-athletes
Ability to work evening and weekend hours
Ability to travel for work-related activities (e.g., competitions and recruiting)
Attention to detail while maintaining an understanding of the big picture
Strong organizational skills resulting in the ability to prioritize workload and meet short-term deadlines on a regular basis
Strong written and verbal communications skills
Ability to supervise assigned staff
Ability to manage competition scheduling and budgets, fundraise and teaching life skills to student-athletes
Proficiency with appropriate computer applications and general office equipment and software
Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record
The mission of the Drury Athletics Department is to support the overall mission of Drury University. This is accomplished by providing a balanced, high-quality education for student-athletes and by serving the university community, alumni, and friends through success and distinction within an environment of uncompromising integrity.
The goal of the department is the same as that of Drury University: Excellence. This is demonstrated by the graduation of student-athletes through exceptional academic performance, service to the campus and Springfield community and success against the highest level of NCAA Division II competition.
Drury Athletics recognizes its role in promoting school pride and uniting students, faculty, staff and alumni through shared experiences. We will strive to be recognized as a leader in diversity and inclusion while promoting an environment of teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership and personal accountability in all endeavors. We believe this holistic approach in the development of the student-athlete will assist in their overall contribution to the global
Through this intentional combination of study in professional and non-professional area...s, students will learn to be flexible, innovative and creative problem solvers. They will go beyond traditional education and thinking by blending career, calling, life, community, self and service.
Drury University is an open and welcoming community from a rich variety of cultures, races and socio-economic backgrounds. The mission and goals of the university dedicate the institution to being a community which “affirms the quality and worth of all peoples” and appreciates the “diversity of human culture, language, history and experience.”
Drury University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or veteran status in its programs and activities.