In partnership with the head coach, helps develop strategies for developing and maintaining large and/or highly visible intercollegiate sports programs. Responsible for overseeing specific aspects of the program, EITHER Distance student-athletes OR Track & Field student-athletes consistent with a championship Track & Field/Cross Country program.
- Plans and implements training seasons, in conjunction with the head coach, to maximize performance at the end of season competitions. Independently conducts practices, conditioning sessions and team meetings. Coaches team at competitions.
- Works in conjunction with the head coach to implement an effective recruitment plan. This includes the effective identification, evaluation and recruitment of student athletes in which to shape and maintain a competitive athletic program. Assesses prospective student-athletes athletic and academic ability in keeping with DIII competitive and UCSC admission standards.
- Coordinates and communicates travel arrangements, itineraries, event marketing, facility reservations, budget, etc. Keeps inventory of team acquired practice gear, uniforms, and sport equipment. Strategically develops and supervises fundraising events for the program in conjunction with the head coach. Performs administrative duties and provides competition results information/quotes/articles to the Sports Information Director when requested.
- Ensures adherence to all governing rules, university, department, conference, NCAA policies and procedures, including student-athlete benefits.
- Bachelor's degree in physical education, kinesiology, human performance or equivalent program and / or equivalent experience / training with a college-level track & field and/or cross country program.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with athletic participants, staff and parents of student athletes.
- Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and decision-making; be an effective problem solver and effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
- Specialized knowledge of the team sport or activity, as well as basic technical expertise in coaching principles.
- Current knowledge of applicable rules and standards of the affiliated athletic conference, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), as well as other associations and agencies to which the campus adheres, and, at all times avoid any and all violations of these rules and standards.