Head Women’s Basketball Coach – Knox College

School: Knox College
Position: Head Coach
Position Type: Full-time
Organization: NCAA
Level: Division III

Knox College invites applications for the full-time position of Head Women’s Basketball Coach. This is a 12-month, benefits-eligible position reporting to the Director of Athletics. Anticipated start date is August 2023. The successful candidate will have a focus on supporting student-athlete success and wellbeing as well as developing a competitive NCAA Division III program.

Knox College provides a competitive salary and a strong benefit package including health, dental, vision and life insurance; access to a retirement plan; a generous paid vacation and holiday package; free membership to our recreation center; and more! Tuition remission is also available after a two-year waiting period.  Knox College, a member of the Midwest Conference and NCAA Division III, is a vibrant community of scholar-teachers and students with a tradition of free inquiry, independent thought, and diverse perspectives.

Knox College is one of the 50 most diverse campuses in America and prides itself on its historic commitment to increase access to all qualified students of varied backgrounds, races, and conditions, regardless of financial means. U.S. News and World Report included Knox as one of its “Best Value Schools” in its 2023 rankings, listing it as #28 among national liberal arts colleges, recognizing academic quality and the price that students pay after receiving need-based scholarships or grants. Knox is also regularly recognized for this historic and transformative mission; Knox has been included in every edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges since the groundbreaking book was first published in 1996. Washington Monthly ranks Knox #40 in the nation for its commitment to the public good, and  Forbes regularly includes Knox on its Grateful Grads Index, which rates the top 200 colleges and universities for the success of graduates and the number of alumni that financially support their alma mater.

The Prairie Fire women’s basketball program has established itself as a dominant program within the Midwest Conference (MWC). This past season finished with 22 wins, co-Midwest Conference Champions, Midwest Conference Tournament Champions, and competing in the NCAA Tournament.

Recruiting globally, the team consists of student-athletes from all over the country.

Knox athletes are student-athletes with a focus on achievement in the classroom, on the court or playing field, and as community and campus leaders. Institutional support for enhancing intercollegiate athletics is strong and the K Club booster organization has been very active in recent years with a significant upward trajectory both in engagement and dollars raised the past three years.


The Head Coach is responsible for all aspects of the Knox College Women’s Basketball Program including but not limited to: executing a successful recruiting and retention plan; integrating the program into the campus community; scheduling, planning, and supervising practices and contests; team travel; managing the program operating budget; developing cultural competence within the women’s basketball program; fully supporting Knox College and Prairie Fire athletics department diversity and inclusion initiatives;  fundraising; administering all aspects of the program ensuring compliance with departmental, institutional, Midwest Conference (MWC), and NCAA rules and regulations; participating in alumni and booster engagement, including promotion of program on social media platforms; and additional coaching and administrative duties as assigned. The Head Coach must develop a competitive program within the MWC with the goal of postseason participation. The Head Coach must also provide support and encouragement and ensure the safety and well-being of the student-athletes.

This position will supervise one full-time, benefits eligible, at-will assistant coach, as well as student manager(s), student worker(s), and volunteer assistant coach(es) as needed. Additional duties will be determined, in part, by the experiences and strengths of the successful candidate and may include assisting with game operations, teaching a sports studies course.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
  • 3 or more years collegiate basketball coaching experience
  • Evidence of the ability to plan, organize, and administer training strategies for practice and game implementation (such as the design of workouts and long-term training plans)
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks and projects
  • An appreciation for a residential liberal arts education, respect for individual differences, openness to the values and opinions of others, and flexibility to adapt to constant change

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1 or more seasons experience as a head NCAA/NAIA collegiate basketball coach
  • 4 or more seasons experience NCAA/NAIA coaching collegiate women’s basketball
  • 4 or more seasons NCAA/NAIA basketball recruiting experience
  • Experience with recruiting database Front Rush (or similar database)
  • Experience hosting collegiate campus basketball camps
  • Experience building alumni and fan engagement and fundraising
  • Experience with social media and overall promotion of the athletics program


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

Applicant Information:

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Link: https://knoxhr.bamboohr.com/careers/352
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