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Head Softball Coach

Apply now Job no: 492594
Work Type: Staff full-time
Location: Abilene
Categories: Athletics and Recreation, Staff

About ACU

ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. All applicants must be professing Christians and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of Abilene Christian University while employed by the university.

Title of Position Head Softball Coach
Posting Location Abilene Christian University - Abilene Campus
Department Athletics
Employee Class Exempt/Full-time
Basic Responsibilities A. Recruitment of student-athletes who are athletically, academically and spiritually compatible with the ACU mission.
B. Organization and administration of softball program, including budgets, scheduling, ordering equipment, hiring of assistants, etc.
C. Maintain sufficient knowledge of NCAA and Southland Conference rules.
D. Provide student-athletes with opportunities for athletic, academic and spiritual development – lead by example serving as “role model/mentor”.
E. Assisting in development of donor/support base.
F. Organization and administration of summer camps.
Essential Duties

A. Recruitment of student-athletes who are athletically, academically and spiritually compatible with the ACU mission
1. Recruit female athletes who have the athletic abilities to compete at the NCAA I level of softball competition.
2. Accurately evaluate prospect’s fundamental skills and athletic abilities.
3. Personally interview each prospect in order to evaluate character, personal motivation, work ethic, etc. Prospects must have morals compatible with ACU mission. Interview coaches, family members, and friends of prospective athlete.
4. Evaluate academic standing of prospective athlete by evaluating grades and national test scores to determine NCAA eligibility.

B. Organization and administration of softball program, including budgets, scheduling, ordering equipment, hiring of assistants, etc.
1. Adhere to annual budget for softball program, i.e., equipment, travel, recruiting, promotions, etc.
2. Prepare and organize optimal schedule for softball competition
3. Evaluate applicants for assistant coaching jobs ensuring personal values are compatible with ACU mission, etc.

C. Provide student-athletes with opportunities for athletic, academic and spiritual development.
1. Prepare excellent conditioning program for athletes to perform at highest potential. Also develop a mental strength program for team.
2. Regularly monitor academic progress of student-athletes. Work with academic counselors to develop strategies for at-risk student-athletes.
3. Maintain recruiting and retention practices that result in high APR scores.
4. Encourage and foster an environment of open communication between athlete and coach. Provide regular opportunities for spiritual growth, i.e., devotionals, mentoring, application of biblical principles in midst of competition, life skills.

D. Practice, Competition and Student-athlete development
1. Develop practice plans and competition strategies that engage the student-athletes in best practices and forward thinking tactics that produce on the field success.
2. Develop weekly practice plans, team travel schedules, strength & conditioning, and required off-days in accordance with NCAA rules and best practices.
3. Fully immerse spiritual formation is all facets of student-athlete development.
4. Develop and implement consistent communication practices, application of written team rules, and unparalleled sportsmanship behavior.
5. Encourage and foster student-athlete develop in all aspects of on-campus life.

E. Fundraising and development of donor/support base.
1. Identify individuals who may be interested in softball and/or have relationship with the coach and a willingness to donate funds for the program.
2. Establish relationships with key donors and maintain contact with donors on a regular basis.
3. Responsible for soliciting, staffing and managing all UIL and other non-ACU softball games to generate revenue for the department.

F. Organization and administration of summer camps.
1. Oversight of the sport summer camp program
2. Responsible for hiring camp staff per university guidelines
3. Establish quality camp experience for all campers

Professional Development Requirements

A. Skills
1. Communication skills – ability to effectively communicate a diverse group of student-athletes, coaching staff, and support staff.
2. Organization skills – ability to handle specific details of each practice, competition, team travel, administrative tasks, department wide functions, team budget, etc. Demonstrate excellent time management and organizational skills.
3. Knowledge of the game of softball and the ability to motivate lady athletes to perform at highest potential of integrity and ethics

B. Training Modules Required
1. Attend softball clinics and coaching clinics. Participate routinely in activities that advance the knowledge of the sport.
2. Read materials on improving communication skills, motivational skills, coaching techniques.
3. Attend promotional and administrative seminars

Qualifications

A. Professional
1. Bachelors degree/Masters preferred
2. Softball skills, motivational skills, communication skills
3. Ethics and integrity to work within rules of NCAA and the Southland Conference

B. Personal
1. Constantly seek to grow in personal relationship with God and Jesus Christ
2. Morals, ethics, loyalty to the University and ACU Mission
3. Be a positive role model in daily life and actions

Physical Demands A. Demonstrate physical skills of softball fundamentals
B. Be in good cardiovascular condition to endure long hours of work day and endure outdoor elements during practice and competition
C. Maintain healthy lifestyle
Additional Information

ACU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law.

ACU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets.  Therefore, Abilene Christian University conducts background checks on all candidates for employment in security sensitive positions.

 

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