The Head Strength and Conditioning Coach is responsible for the development and management of individual and group strength training programs for men and women student-athletes participating in the intercollegiate athletics program.
- Enables men and women student-athletes to perform to their physical potential in their sport through the development and management of individual and group weight, strength, and fitness training programs; develops programs by evaluating current physical conditioning, having a knowledge of the various sports and associated exercises, tailoring strength programs for specific needs, demonstrating the proper performance of exercises, correcting mistakes; manages programs by monitoring progress and providing an assessment of development.
- Reduces the likelihood of sports-related injuries or the aggravation of such injuries during practice sessions and scheduled contests by being knowledgeable of the injuries sustained in the sport and proper prevention methods, directing appropriate pre-training sessions and pre-contest preparations and warm-ups, and working with qualified sports medicine personnel or athletic trainers during all training sessions and contests.
- Promotes a positive image of the intercollegiate athletics program and the College by participating in community and professional organizations, representing the College at professional meetings and campus meetings.
- Abides by and complies with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Big South Conference and Pioneer League rules, academic standards, requirements, and policies of the College, and all guidelines and policies of the Athletics department and reports any concerns of compromise or violation of rules, standards, guidelines or policies to the Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine or the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance.
- Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree is preferred, with an emphasis in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, or Physical Education.
- Experience: At least two years of experience is required in progressively responsible positions involving the development and management of sport-specific individual and group strength training programs for men and women. Experience with development and management of strength training programs at the college/university level is preferred. Any experience in management of a health/fitness or weight training facility is preferred. Student-athlete experience, in any sport at the collegiate level, is preferred.
- Skills: Excellent communication skills, supervisory and management skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.
- License: Requires certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).