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Assistant Cross Country/ Distance Coach
DATE:   2/28/2020
JOB TITLE:   Assistant Cross Country / Distance Coach
DEPARTMENT:   Athletics
SECTOR:   President


Under general supervision the Assistant Cross Country / Distance Coach will assist the Head Coach in contributing to the educational mission of the University by developing student-athletes academically and athletically for the men’s and women’s cross country programs. Candidates should have a strong knowledge/background within distance and cross country running.  Prior coaching or leadership position(s) within the sport is preferred; competitive experience as an athlete is a plus.  The position will be a 6-month appointment (divided into 2 segments, 3 months in the fall semester and 3 months in the spring semester), with the opportunity to renew the appointment following an evaluation.  Candidates should be comfortable working within a collaborative and dynamic environment.  

  • Contribute to the educational mission of the University by coordinating the instruction of student-athletes in the area of cross country training and competition.
  • Assist in the recruitment of student athletes for the men's and women's cross country program.
  • Provide academic support for student athletes.
  • Provide motivation, counseling and supervision for student athletes.
  • Monitor study hall, day-to-day class attendance, and academic enhancement program reports and maintain contact with professors regarding student’s academic progress.
  • Provide instruction   in the   methods and strategies for the student athletes to succeed in the sport.
  • 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 involved in significant or repetitive violations of NCAA regulations.
  • Provide additional administrative support and perform other supplemental duties as assigned.


80% Provide teaching and instruction to student athletes in regards to cross country oriented training;       

10% Provide academic and athletic guidance, support, and advice to student athletes;

5% Assist in recruiting potential student athletes;

5% Provide assistance with administrative duties as needed

At all times the position will require following and conforming to NCAA rules and regulations.

  1. Strong interpersonal, organizational, written and oral communication skills.
  2. Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.
  3. Advanced knowledge and/or experience with distance running and the wide variety of training modalities involved.
  4. Ability to work evenings, weekends and holidays when necessary.
  5. Ability to receive telephone calls, respond to inquiries and communicate with others by telephone.
  6. Ability to travel when necessary.
  7. Knowledge of recruiting techniques and ability to effectively use them.
  8. Proficiency to handle various office machines including but not limited to: computer keyboard, computer software applications, calculator, copy machine and fax.
  9. Knowledge of academic eligibility rules.
  10. Ability to drive a personal or university vehicle for the purpose of university business.


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, and calculator, involve extensive wrist and hand movements. All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.

  1. Bachelor degree or high level amateur or professional playing and/or coaching experience required.
  2. At least one year of experience coaching(or holding a leadership position) within  cross country at the high school or college level preferred.
  3. USATF Level 1 certification preferred, but not mandatory if the candidate possesses commensurate high-level athletic experience and demonstrates advanced knowledge of the sport.
  4. Must take NCAA recruiting test within 30 days, must pass within 120 days of hire. (four months)
  5. 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.

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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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