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Assistant Track & Field Coach

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title Assistant Track & Field Coach
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Athletics Department supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

As our Assistant Track & Field/Cross Country Coach you will be responsible for coaching student athletes at team practices, games, and other events.  Under the direction of the Head Coach, you will be responsible for providing assigned student athletes with academic advising and assistance as well as monitoring student athlete academic progress and eligibility.  

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Coordination of all Sprint and Hurdle events
  • Providing team and one-on-one Track and Field/Cross Country student athlete coaching
  • Assisting Head Coach and student athletes with meet planning, individual student-athlete instruction, team meetings, evaluation and review of team videos
  • Assisting Head Coach with team retreat and team instructional activities during road trips
  • Assisting student athletes with athletic and academic affairs
  • Providing student-athletes with academic advising assistance; act as resource and referral for student athletes for academic issues
  • Monitoring academic progress and eligibility of Track and Field/Cross Country student athletes and providing updates and reports as requested to Head Coach
  • Meeting weekly with assigned players
  • In compliance with NCAA recruiting rules, assisting head coach in identifying, evaluating and contacting potential prospects; conducting in-person athlete evaluations; conducting videotape evaluations; researching and obtaining required academic verification information
  • Developing relationships with assigned prospects through direct personal contact, phone and letters
  • Traveling on recruiting trips as requested by Head Coach
  • Coordinating prospective athlete campus visits
  • Assisting with Track and Field/Cross Country team scheduling
  • Managing and completing office duties related to Track and Field/Cross Country team, such as general correspondence and phone calls
  • Under guidance from Head Coach, assisting in coordination of team travel, including meals, lodging and transportation
  • Participating in all coaches meetings, attending and participating in Athletic Department meetings and other committees and meetings as requested by Head Coach
  • Participating and assisting in the coordination of team public relations activities
  • Assisting Athletic Director and other athletics personnel with projects and assignments
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in Track & Field coaching, including three years of collegiate coaching
  • Coaching experience in primarily sprint and hurdle events, and secondarily all field events
  • Ability to promote excellence and positivity in a diverse team environment
  • Current Strength & Conditioning Certification
  • Current CPR First Aid Certification, and AED Certification
  • Cross Country and Track & Field Management Experience
  • Collegiate recruiting experience
  • Knowledge NCAA Division II policies, and ability to quickly learn GNAC policies
  • Valid driver’s license
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree
  • A clear prioritizing of student-athlete well-being and a commitment to putting the student-athlete experience first
  • Experience using Front Rush recruiting system
  • Successful experience communicating consistently and clearly with athletes, coaching staff, and administration
Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Review of applications begins August 2; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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