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POSITION DESCRIPTION

Head Coach, Men's Lacrosse
Department of Hobart Athletics

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

The head men's lacrosse coach is responsible for all facets of the lacrosse program. Because of the unique nature and history of this program, this is a highly visible program and important leadership position for the College.

Of primary concern among the responsibilities of the head coach is the well-being of each student-athlete. The head coach has responsibilities for the teaching and development of the student-athletes; the academic advising of team members; and the supervision and mentoring of the assistant coaches. Additionally, the head coach is responsible for the development and implementation of an effective recruitment plan. It is imperative that the program be in compliance with NCAA and HWS regulations at all times and the head coach will make certain that the program is run in a fiscally responsible manner. Consistent with all Hobart head coaches, the head lacrosse coach will be a member and perhaps a leader of one of the department’s Administrative Teams.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Development of technical knowledge:

  • In conjunction with the staff, the head coach must develop sport specific strategies and techniques in all aspects of the game to be used by the team to attain the best possible performance in competition.
  • Professional development through clinics, seminars, camps and interchange with other coaching staffs is crucial in this area.

Team Teaching and Game Preparation:

  • Organize, plan and implement all aspects of effective practice time. Priority should be given to create an atmosphere conducive to learning and achieving. Efficient use of time, enthusiasm and motivation, and constant feedback are critical.
  • Opponent evaluation, development of specific game strategies and making effective staff, player and tactical decisions to enhance team performance.
  • Evaluate team personnel in a manner that is thorough, consistent and fair to all squad members. This evaluation includes squad selection and player rotations during contests.

Development of Student-Athlete/Coach Relations:

  • Develop and sustain effective communications with team members. Ensure that players are treated with dignity at all times and that the overall welfare of the student-athletes under your charge is always a top priority.
  • Serve as a positive role model for student-athletes.
  • Monitor academic progress of each team member and refer them to the appropriate departments for assistance when required.
  • Ensure that the student-athletes and staff conduct themselves on and off the field in such a way as to bring credit to their team and to Hobart College. The Athletic Code of Conduct is an invaluable tool in this regard.

Staff Development:

  • Work closely with assistant coaches in a mentoring role to enhance their professional development. This includes assignment of significant, specific responsibilities, as well as encouragement and support of their learning opportunities.
  • Establish an effective and fair performance evaluation and dialogue with each staff member.

Recruiting of prospective student-athletes:

  • The head coach is responsible for the development and implementation of an effective plan to identify, evaluate, communicate with, and attract the best possible student-athletes to Hobart College.
  • It is the head coach’s duty to make certain that this recruitment plan follows appropriate NCAA rules and regulations. Annual recruiting rules certification is part of this process. The head coach will coordinate this testing with the HWS Compliance Coordinator.
  • Develop a positive and effective working relationship with the admissions, financial aid and advancement offices.

Public Relations/Alumni Support development:

  • Because of the unique nature and history of the program, a positive working relationship with the Office of Communications and area media is essential. Accessibility and cooperation are key ingredients is this area.
  • Communication with alumni and friends of the program is essential for positive public relations and some financial support. Special events, such as alumni games, dinners and receptions are part of this function.
  • Community involvement through speaking engagements, clinics and public service projects are a significant part of this responsibility.
  • Membership in and involvement with the appropriate professional associations such as the USILA, NCAA and U.S. Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Other: Administrative Team assignment to be determined.

QUALIFICATIONS:

A bachelor's degree is required. Preferably candidates must have a minimum of five years intercollegiate lacrosse coaching experience and demonstrated effectiveness as a recruiter, teacher, counselor and leader. Experience in recruiting under a need-based financial aid program is desirable.

The candidate should have proven organizational and managerial skills as well as a recognizable commitment to student growth and academic achievement. An overall knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations is required. The successful applicant must be a person of integrity, high ethical standards, have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and have a commitment to teamwork. Competence with technology resources and a current U.S. driver's license are vital to fulfilling the responsibilities of this position. The candidate must be willing to work nights and weekends.

OTHER INFORMATION:

The position is a full-time (10-month), benefits-eligible, administrative salaried position. The head coach will hold important administrative duties in the Hobart Department of Athletics. The lacrosse staff includes two full-time assistants and one volunteer coach. This position description is not all-inclusive as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Applications are to include a cover letter, resume, and a list of four (4) references. It is suggested that one of the references must be a person currently employed as a college lacrosse coach and one reference must be a former player of the applicant's.

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Strong preference will be given to applications received by July 5, 2013. Applications may be submitted in hard copy or sent electronically (do not send applications in both manners):

Mail application materials to:

Office of Human Resources
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
337 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
EOE

Applications may be submitted electronically to: ferran@hws.edu

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other protected status.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions.  The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,000, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.