The Head Women’s Basketball Coach supports learning by managing, organizing and administrating all aspects of the Aurora University NCAA Division III women’s basketball program. This includes but is not limited to: scheduling of varsity and junior varsity contests as necessary; development and management of operating budget; and making team travel arrangements.
Essential Job Functions:
• Supervises assigned Assistant Coach(es) to ensure compliance to applicable rules, policies and procedures; provides orientation, training and guidance as needed; conducts performance evaluations.
• Understands and follows NCAA and conference rules and regulations. Follows NCAA rules as outlined in Bylaw 13 in the NCAA Division III Manual. Reports any alleged violations of NCAA, conference, or institutional rules and regulations.
• Teaching/Coaching: Keeps informed of contemporary trends, tactics, techniques and strategies in coaching, which includes developing a philosophy of what to teach and how to implement. Provides coaching and direction to assistant coaches, as well as praise and constructive feedback.
• Plans, implements and evaluates practice sessions. Communicates expectations, praise and corrective feedback in a clear and constructive manner.
• Develops effective game plans. Prepares team physically, mentally and emotionally for competition; maintains and meets high expectations for team athletic success.
• Instructs student-athletes on high expectations for academic achievement; monitors the academic progress of student-athletes.
• Instructs student-athletes on high expectations for student-athlete social responsibility and works to develop well-rounded student-athletes.
• Instructs student-athletes on a standard of proper student-athlete conduct, both in and out of the athletic arena and works with the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics.to sanction those who do not meet the set standard.
• Instructs student-athletes on a standard of proper safety. Monitors condition of equipment and facilities, and reports items in need of repair/maintenance to Instructs student-athletes on a standard of proper student-athlete conduct, both in and out of the athletic arena and works with the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics to sanction those who do not meet the set standard.
• Recruitment of Student-Athletes: Recruits and retains quality student-athletes and works with the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics and the Office of Admission to satisfy target squad size numbers and freshmen/transfer recruitment goals.
• Assists student-athletes and their parents in understanding the educational programs and opportunities at Aurora University as well as the opportunities in the athletic program. Answers questions to aid in the understanding of NCAA Division III rules related to recruitment.
• Oversees selection, purchase and maintenance of team equipment, to include uniforms, athletic equipment and supplies.
• Prepares and end of season report and assistant coach(es) evaluations by the date designated by the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics. Schedules and completes an end of the year review meeting with the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics.
• Maintains records and statistics of team and individual performances. Utilizes the support of the Sports Information Director in collecting the necessary information for archives.
• Maintains self-control and poise; provides an example of sportsmanlike conduct for team members, officials, opponents and spectators.
• Develops and maintains a positive relationship with alumni and interested segments of the university and community.
• Attends athletic department meetings and university community meetings and functions.
• Handles confidential information with tact and discretion.
• Drives university or rental vehicles as needed for away contests.
• Performs special and/or additional duties as required by the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university is required.
Experience: Minimum of five years related experience; intercollegiate basketball coaching experience preferred.
Skills: Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a wide range of constituents: student-athletes, parents, coaches, media, alumni, administrators, support staff, campus community and the community at-large. Ability to set and achieve or exceed goals and meet deadlines, strong strategic thinking and problem solving abilities. General computer knowledge with a proficiency in Word and Excel. Excellent verbal and written skills required.
Requirements: Evening and weekend availability is required. Flexibility with an evolving work environment important.
Physical Requirements: Physical ability to endure physically strenuous work-outs and physical exercise on a daily basis, including standing and/or walking for long periods, bending, stooping, lifting; manual dexterity; lifting of up to 30 pounds.