Head Women’s Triathlon Coach

Applications due 12/09/17

Job Description:

The Head Women’s Triathlon Coach will provide the vision, leadership and strategic planning to direct and supervise all activities relative to teaching, training and skill development of triathlon student-athletes in preparation for intercollegiate competitions in support of the College’s mission of fostering an environment which is focused on the spiritual, intellectual, personal and social development of the student-athletes. D&E is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC).

Responsibilities include:

Student-Athlete Development (55%)

  • Directing and supervising all activities relative to the teaching, training and skill development of student-athletes in preparation for competition
  • Provide technical skill instruction at practices, conduct individual training sessions, scouting of opponents, and team & individual video analysis to aid in growth and skill development of student-athletes
  • Develop and execute practice plans to prepare the team physically and mentally for competition
    Assist in student-athlete preparation for games by contributing strategies and aiding in daily preparation of organized and effective practices
  • Conduct individual meetings with student-athletes to provide on-going assessment and aid in the development of their academic, athletic and personal health and well-being
  • Set academic goals and monitor academic progress of student-athletes, ensuring student-athletes meet eligibility standards & progress towards a degree
  • Inform and direct student-athletes to college academic support resources
  • Monitor and assist in the rehabilitation of injured student-athletes as directed by Team Physicians and Sports Medicine staff
  • Coordinate with Sports Medicine and Strength & Conditioning staff to organize and monitor the physical conditioning of student-athletes
  • Model behavior which supports healthy social, behavioral, emotional, ethical, and intellectual development of student-athletes
  • Establish and maintain team policy and protocol for the day-to-day triathlon program operations
  • Ensure student-athletes practice good sportsmanship, maintain poise and self-control, and abide by team, athletic department, G-MAC & NCAA policies

Recruitment of Triathlon Student-Athletes (25%)

  • Directing and supervising all activities relative to the teaching, training and skill development of student-athletes in preparation for triathlon at intercollegiate competitions
  • Recruit student-athletes to meet college expectations for annual roster size in support of the college strategic plan and in compliance with college, G-MAC, NCAA & USA Triathlon policies and procedures
  • Develop and manage a recruiting strategic plan including: promotion of program; development of recruiting pool through personal/coaching contacts, high school visits, attendance of showcases and tournaments; hosting prospect/ID camps and any other resources; identification and assessment of student-athletes; recruiting communication and campus visits
  • Maintain all recruit management and interaction in athletic department recruiting management software system
  • Drive passenger vans and/or College vehicles for team travel or off-campus home events as directed

Internal/External Relations (10%)

  • Work closely with Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance on all eligibility and compliance procedures for the college, G-MAC, NCAA & USA Triathlon
  • Assist the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine with ongoing care, strength & conditioning, and injury prevention to ensure the safety and well-being of the student-athletes
  • Maintain consistent communication with the faculty athletic representative to serve in tandem as the academic liaisons to faculty and academic support
  • Assist the Assistant Athletic Director for External Communications with public relations efforts of the program including student-athlete biographical information, statistics, releases, feature story opportunities, and recommendations of student-athletes for awards and special recognition
  • Assist game-site supervisors with pre-game setup of course including benches, sound system, locker rooms, etc.
  • Build campus community and engagement with triathlon program
  • Represent the College and Athletic Department and participate in various community engagement projects and coordinate with external organizations to develop community engagement activities for the student-athletes
  • Welcoming host to visiting teams, coaches, officials, and spectators
  • Active member of the American Triathlon Coaches Association (NFCA)
  • Participate in Davis & Elkins College, G-MAC, USA Triathlon, and NCAA professional development opportunities when appropriate
  • Actively seek opportunities to serve on college, G-MAC, USA Triathlon and NCAA committees
  • Attend meetings of various campus departments and organizations to present information and represent intercollegiate athletics internally including admission, financial planning, college staff meetings, etc.
  • Assist alumni relations in promotion of college and athletics including student-athlete alumni
  • Inform staff members of triathlon legislative changes and rule revisions
  • Represent program and propose policy changes at the G-MAC and NCAA
  • Discipline student-athletes when necessary
  • Recruit and hire assistant coaches
  • Continually mentor assistant coaches in organizational practices, recruiting, coaching, team communication, fundraising, student-athlete issues, professional conduct, etc.
  • Provide on-going training and professional development to assistant coaches
  • Assist in athletic events management, including game site administration
  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development seminars, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the Director of Athletics
  • Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds
  • Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive setting with a willingness to change for continual improvement

Financial Management of the Triathlon Program (10%)

  • Maintain budget operations and follow college expenditure procedures
  • Monitor athletic scholarship awards in both short-term and long-term
  • Monitor budget throughout the year with the Director of Athletics and ensure expenditures maintain a balanced budget
  • Coordinate team travel arrangements including reservation and operation of vehicles, lodging, and meals with approval of the Director of Athletics
  • Prepare and submit proposed annual budget
  • Coordinate fundraising efforts following college and department policies (i.e. fundraising, donations, etc.)
  • Responsible for inventory of college-owned equipment and apparel

Accountability/Decision Making Authority

  • Management and oversight of triathlon program fiscal resources
  • Establishment and maintenance of effective and efficient processes
  • Effective representation Davis & Elkins College in dealing with a variety of audiences, both on and off campus
  • Establishment and maintenance of effective communications and communication channels within the college
  • Communicate and support the mission, vision and strategic plan
  • Meet fiscal and performance goals as established by the Director of Athletics


  • Bachelor’s degree required, and Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • Two or more years of successful triathlon collegiate coaching and recruiting experience
  • Candidate must possess a commitment to the integrated role athletics plays in an institution of higher education
  • Ability to adhere to and ensure compliance with NCAA and conference rules and regulations and ability to lead and nurture a diverse student and administrative population
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively solve problems and initiate and implement projects independently
  • Ability to multi-task, work effectively, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong oral, presentation, and written communication skills including the ability to communicate to students, parents, staff, faculty and external constituents of the college
  • Strong leadership, management, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to make effective decisions based on facts and sound judgment

How to Apply

Interested applicants can email cover letter, resume, and (3) references to Jamie Joss, Director of Athletics [email protected] and may call 304-637-1342 with any questions.

Contact Information

Jamie Joss

100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241

phone: 304-637-1342

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