POSITION SUMMARY: Demonstrating a willingness and capability to abide by Athletic Department, Eureka College, Saint Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC), and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III rules as applicable in softball, the Head Coach is responsible for the daily functioning of their team which includes planning, organizing, instructing, directing, and managing a program exemplified by integrity.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: •Plan, organize, lead and direct a Division III NCAA softball program.
•Organize and conduct practices to teach sport fundamentals and skills, game strategies, performance principles, and proper use of sports and training equipment.
•Provide instruction in physical conditioning programs that will enable student-athletes to achieve maximum performance.
•Implement and conduct a comprehensive plan on game days.
•Develop and administer a complete recruiting plan that will exhibit progression in talent of student-athletes.
•Monitor the academic progress of student-athletes on the team with a specific focus on student retention and graduation rates.
•Serve as an educational practitioner promoting lifetime wellness among student-athletes with focus on the student-athlete as a whole person and encourage the development of psychological, social, mental, and learning skills necessary for student athletes to be successful in the classroom and in the playing environment.
•Demonstrate and model sportsmanship and ethical conduct consistent with the mission of Eureka College, the Conference, and the NCAA.
•Maintain a working knowledge of NCAA rules and complete mandatory annual testing.
•Provide administrative and organizational support to the Director of Athletics at select athletics home events, including assistance in event oversight, venue setup/breakdown, media relations and student worker supervision.
ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: •Supervise, care for, and inventory equipment and facility.
•Make recommendations to the Athletic Director for program improvement based on sport evaluation and exit interviews with student-athletes.
•Oversee and maintain accurate statistics for team sport working in conjunction with the Media Relations Coordinator.
•Maintain effective working relationships within the athletic department team and the College as a whole in order to contribute to the overall success of all sport programs.
•Monitor expenses and adhere to fiscal budget parameters.
SUPERVISORY REQUIREMENTS: Manage and supervise any assistant coaches, team managers or student workers. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training of employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
EDUCATION: Essential: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four year college or university; or High School diploma/GED with related playing experience
Desirable: Master’s Degree.
EXPERIENCE: Essential: Playing and/or coaching softball at the high school, club, and/or college level.
Desirable: 1-3 years of collegiate coaching experience.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS: Valid driver’s license. CPR, AED, and First Aid certification and any other certification required by applicable sport.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES: •Knowledge of the sport program, rules and regulations, including NCAA and SLIAC (as applicable in softball), realizing that violation of NCAA rules could lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
•Knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of coaching.
•Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
•Ability to deliver knowledge to and instruct student-athletes in an effective manner.
•Knowledge of safety and first aid techniques.
•Skill in identifying problems, evaluating alternatives and implementing effective solutions.
•Ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with a diverse population.
•Knowledge of basic computer applications and electronic mail.
WORKING CONDITIONS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. Work is routinely performed both indoor and outdoor, in office environment and in gyms, on playing fields, and other recreational environments. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. Off campus travel is required.
WORK SCHEDULE: Varies, typical office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM with one hour allocated for lunch although weekend and evening hours are necessary depending on scheduled events.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Eureka College is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving diversity and cultural awareness within its administration, faculty, staff, and students. The College is intentional in its inclusivity of all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability or ancestry.
Additional Salary Information: Medical/dental/vision insurance, 403b retirement plan with employer contribution, tuition waivers, four weeks of vacation with separate sick time accrual, & life insurance.
About Eureka College
Eureka College is a member of the NCAA Division III, the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Focused on “excellence in learning, service, and leadership,” Eureka currently has nearly 600 students enrolled in 23 undergraduate degree programs. The College was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for three consecutive years, rated No. 1 in the Midwest on the US News “Great Schools, Great Prices” best value list twice, and is cited as one of fifty national “All-American Colleges” by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Chartered in 1855 by abolitionists who were members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Eureka provides a non-sectarian liberal arts education and was the first college in Illinois and the third in the nation to admit men and women on an equal basis—equality of educational opportunity continues to be a focus of the College. Alumni include forty-two college presidents, seven governors and members of Congress, and the 40th President of the United States. The town of Eureka offers the ambiance of a small town combined with easy access to the amenities of metropolitan are...as. Eureka’s mid-state region is Illinois’ largest business and commercial center outside Chicago. Nearby Peoria, Bloomington, and Normal, Illinois offer a wide range of cultural opportunities, with Chicago and St. Louis less than three hours away. Two private universities and a state university are within a 30 mile radius.