Head Coach, Men's and Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
FLSA Status: Exempt
Months Per Year: 12
Hours Per Week: 37.5
Seattle University is a highly selective, independent, Catholic, Jesuit institution adjacent to downtown Seattle, and is seeking a dynamic and proven coaching professional to serve as its Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach.
Located on Capitol Hill, one of Seattle's most vibrant neighborhoods, Seattle University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and currently enrolls more than 7,400 graduate and undergraduate students within nine schools and colleges. Seattle University is among the most diverse independent universities in the West: 40 percent of its students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds and students come from 77 nations and all 50 states. Seattle University employs approximately 1,500 faculty and staff and has an annual operating budget of over $210M.
The university's athletic program fields 20 Division I intercollegiate teams (9 men's and 11 women's) and is comprised of more than 350 student-athletes. The Redhawks, Seattle University's athletic teams, compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 19 sports and have an excellent track record of achievement both on the field and court and in the classroom. In the five years with the WAC, the Redhawk teams have a combined 38 WAC conference titles, including both team and individual championships.
Overview Reporting to the Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations, this full time, 12 month contracted position is responsible for planning and implementing a successful and well-rounded Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track and Field program that is dedicated to the holistic development of the individual student-athletes in the Jesuit Catholic tradition.
Primary Duties Maintain oversight of all aspects relating to building, developing, and leading a model Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field program. Implement a local, regional and national recruiting strategy that is consistent with the university enrollment profile to attract high caliber prospects. Create a culture of academic success and student retention.
Plan and implement effective event specific practice routines and adaptive training design. Strategize and manage individual and relay meet entries to optimize student-athlete achievement. Motivate student-athletes to succeed, competitively and academically. Communicate effectively and collaborate with academic support, sports medicine and strength, speed and conditioning personnel to inspire holistic development and student-athlete well-being.
Manage of competition scheduling. Coordinate team travel and manage hosted meet preparation and operation. Hire, train, supervise and mentor assistant coaching staff. Plan and manage program budget to include athletic aid. Regularly engage in program-building through donor cultivation and execution of coordinated fundraising strategies. Outreach to alumni and families to enhance program support. Additional Duties Assist with departmental fundraising and public relations efforts as they relate to the Cross Country and Track & Field programs and/or the annual fund. Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications A bachelor's degree and five years previous coaching experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. A successful candidate will have a knowledge of, and commitment to fostering a culture of NCAA Division I rules compliance. Willingness to adhere to and support conference and university policies and procedures. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and gender equity is required.
Must have the ability to relate to and communicate with student-athletes, as well as to recruit prospects to Seattle University and develop them as whole people.
Must possess the ability to communicate comfortably and effectively all constituent groups, including but limited to students, staff and faculty, parents, donors and alumni. Must also embody the highest of ethical standards and must demonstrate the willingness to incorporate the Jesuit Catholic educational values of the University.
Preferred Qualifications Master's degree. Five to seven years of coaching at the NCAA Division I level. Experience as a head coach at the collegiate level. Demonstrated record of field teams with high APR and/or academic achievement. Proven and current coaching methodologies to support success in distance and middle distance events. USATF certification and experience overseeing a range of track and field events.