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Head Cross Country/Women's Track and Field Coach
DATE:   7/30/2013
JOB TITLE:   Head Cross Country/Women's Track and Field Coach
DEPARTMENT:   Athletics
SECTOR:   Business Affairs


Under general supervision, the Head Cross Country and Women’s Track and Field Coach recruits student athletes, makes recommendations for scholarships, schedules meets and conducts practices for the assigned athletics teams, and contributes to the educational mission of the University by offering direction and instruction in the area of cross country/track and field athletics.


·       Contribute to the educational mission of the University by coordinating the instruction of student-athletes in the area of cross county training and competition

·      Recruit student athletes for the men's and women’s cross country and track and field programs

·       Instruct methods and strategies; coach student athletes in the  sport

·       Provide motivation, both athletic and academic, to student athletes

·       Make recommendations for scholarships

·       Schedule practices and meets

·       Supervise assistant coach/coaches 

·         Transport and supervise players while traveling

·         Responsible for providing, in a timely manner before the beginning of the season, to the public relations office (sports information) all materials relevant to the team(s) (rosters with hometowns, high schools, etc and schedules) so a recruiting/media pamphlet on the team can be prepared

·         Coordinate with sports information the manner in which team scores will be reported to the media for home and away games

·         Order all equipment and uniforms, with approval from the Associate Athletic Director

·         Monitor expenditures to stay within budget

·         Operate the program under the rules and regulations of the university, the NCAA and the MAAC; understanding that a coach can be suspended for a period of time without pay or terminated if found to be involved in significant or repetitive violations of NCAA regulations

·         Maintain confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: student and employee personal information, student grades, etc.), both during and after their employment with the University.  Any question regarding the confidentiality of material, should be referred to the supervisor.  Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment

·         Review and apply all policies and procedures outlined in the university's Affirmative Action Plan

·         Perform other duties as assigned


50%   Instruct, teach and assist in the development of players during practices; follow and conform to NCAA rules and regulations.

20%   Actively coach team(s) during meets.

15%   Recruit players for the following year and make scholarship recommendations.

10%   Transport and supervise players when traveling.

5%      Provide accurate data to sports information about the team and its members and coordinate score reporting.




1)  Knowledge of recruiting techniques and the ability to effectively use them.

2)  Ability to evaluate potential student athletes during the recruiting process.

3)  Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.

4)  Knowledge of coaching and teaching techniques and the ability to effectively use them;

5)  Ability to read and comprehend various forms, documentation, files and information in the department.

6)  Strong interpersonal, organizational, written and oral communication skills.

7)  Proficiency to handle various office machines including but not limited to: typewriter, calculator, computer, copy machine and fax.

8)  Ability to receive telephone calls, respond to inquiries and communicate with others by telephone.

9)  Basic mathematical skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to be able to verify accuracy of record keeping and athletics information.

10) Ability to handle routine office operations (typing, filing, record keeping, etc.)

11) Ability to work evenings, weekends and holidays when necessary.

12) Ability to travel when necessary.

13) Ability to drive a personal or university vehicle for the purpose of university business on a regular basis.


The functions of the position usually performed sitting, but may require some amount of time standing. Some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying and other movements may be required. Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, computer software applications, calculator, cutting, labeling, and taping involve extensive wrist and hand movement. All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.



  1. Bachelor degree in related field is required with a high level amateur or professional playing and/or coaching experience.
  2. At least one year of experience coaching cross country/track and field at the high school, college or higher competitive level or at least three years’ experience running cross country/track and field at the college level or higher.
  3. A valid New York State driver’s license is required that satisfies both University and insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle. Must also be able to operate a motor vehicle in Canada
  4. Must take NCAA recruiting test within 30 days, must pass within 120 days of hire.(four months)


Non Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Policy:

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Ryan Thompson, Esq., Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8324, rthompson@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

Niagara University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A copy of the Student Right to Know Annual Security Report is available at: http://www.niagara.edu/safety
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