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Associate Athletics Director/Head Softball Coach
Summary
Title:Associate Athletics Director/Head Softball Coach
ID:1217
Department:Athletics
Description
I. POSITION SUMMARY:

Under the direction of the Director of Athletics and Recreation, the Associate Athletics Director/Head Softball Coach is responsible for assisting the Director of Athletics and Recreation in all aspects of the administration of the intercollegiate athletics and recreational programs and serves as the Head Softball Coach.

This position serves a vital role within the Director of Athletics and Recreation Leadership Team. This position is involved with planning, directing, and conducting the LaGrange College intercollegiate athletics and recreation programs. This position is responsible for providing leadership and guidance in general policy development, high-level management of regulatory responsibilities, staff development and select sports program oversight.

 

This position will also play a key role in the development of a positive and supportive organizational culture. The Associate Athletics Director will also serve as an advocate for gender equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.

 

As the Head Softball Coach this position is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of a NCAA Division III softball program. This position provides leadership in support of the softball program’s goals in alignment with the College’s Vision, Mission and Core Values.       

II. RESPONSIBILITIES ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR:

  1. Provides oversight for select sports programs and oversees daily operations and supervises the Head and Assistant Coaches of assigned sports programs.
  2. Acts as the liaison with the Offices of Admission and Financial Aid to facilitate effective communication regarding recruiting and yielding prospective student-athletes.
  3. Serves as the liaison to the College’s academic Deans, College administrators, faculty and Head Coaches regarding student-athlete academic matters.
  4. Acts as the liaison between Athletics staff members and the Director of Athletics and Recreation for all programmatic related issues that may arise daily and requires attention of the Director of Athletics and Recreation.
  5. Acts as the liaison to the Office of Student Engagement regarding student-athlete well-being initiatives.
  6. Serves as the liaison to the Office of Student Conduct regarding student-athlete discipline matters.
  7. Coordinates the development and distribution of an Athletics Policies and Procedures Manual and updates annually.
  8. Oversees the Athletics Program Coordinator to ensure supervisory staff coverage and management of all home contests and sport-related events.
  9. Oversees the Athletics Program Coordinator to ensure the development of home practice and competition athletics facilities and venue schedules.
  10. Oversees the Athletics Program Coordinator to ensure travel arrangements and team transportation schedules for away contest competition.  
  11. Works with the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) to ensure the varsity sports programs competition schedules (pre-season, regular season, post-season) are an appropriate balance of home and away contests and do not conflict with the College’s academic calendar regarding mid-term and final examinations.
  12. Collaborates with College-wide constituencies to create resources and professional development for Athletics staff.
  13. Acts as the liaison with Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services.
  14. Works in partnership with the FAR to develop and implement a robust Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
  15. Oversees Strength and Conditioning Program and supervises the Head Strength Coach.
  16. Serves as the champion for the College’s compliance to Title IX.
  17. Works with the Vice President for Finance and Operations to complete the annual Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Reports.
  18. Offers an experienced voice and perspective and is a role model who is committed to gender, diversity and inclusion matters.
  19. Helps ensure the College’s compliance with all NCAA, USA South Conference and institutional rules and policies through maintaining knowledge of rules and policies; acting and supporting the highest levels of integrity in all matters.
  20. Supports the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as requested and helps contribute to an overall athletics administrative team that supports and encourages the voice and contributions of student-athletes.
  21. Acts as an official representative of the College at institutional, conference and national meetings as requested by the Director of Athletics and Recreation.
  22. Keeps abreast of current trends and developments in the industry.
  23. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics and Recreation and/or the College President.

III. RESPONSIBILITIES HEAD SOFTBALL COACH:

  1. Designs and implements a training program that advances individual and team performance skills to support the achievement of the team’s competitive goals.
  2. Designs a competitive schedule that maximizes student-athlete development and performance.
  3. Recruits and yields student-athletes capable of completing a baccalaureate degree and performing academically at levels reflecting the softball program’s academic goals.
  4. Conforms to the highest standards of ethical conduct regarding compliance with the College’s policies and procedures and adheres to the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and USA South Conference.
  5. Demonstrates master teaching competencies regarding (a) sport skill instruction; (b) motivation and (c) coaching skills during competitive events.
  6. Relates well to contest officials, high school coaches, club coaches, parents, alumni, donors, media, and the general public.
  7. Provides strong leadership in the personal development of student-athletes as demonstrated by high standards of behavior.
  8. Demonstrates a high level of support in the personal and academic development of student-athletes through the College’s academic and personal development programs, activities, and initiatives.
  9. Prepares and monitors the softball program’s annual operating budget; orders and maintains the inventory of softball equipment and supplies and manages a cost-effective and administratively efficient softball program.
  10. Trains and supervises Assistant Coaches.
  11. Engages in friend, fan and fundraising in partnership with the Panther Club.
  12. Represents the softball program to the campus and local communities.
  13. Contributes to the maintenance of good working relationships with all internal and external. constituents through (a) a positive and constructive approach to all tasks; (b) respect for the competencies of others and (c) appropriate conflict management behavior.
  14. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics and Recreation and/or the College President.  

IV. PHYSICAL DEMANDS-WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  1. This position involves both inside sedentary work and outside work on the softball field in coaching and training activities with student-athletes.
  2. Demonstration of appropriate softball skills may involve strained muscles or orthopedic related injuries from running, throwing, pitching, or hitting.
  3. Exposure to fertilizer, lawn chemicals, and weather conditions.

V. EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Required: Bachelor’s degree.
  2. Required: Three years of administrative/softball coaching experience at the college level.
  3. Required: Successful experience in recruiting student-athletes.
  4. Required: Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, administrators, and alumni.
  5. Required:  Demonstrated knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.
  6. Preferred: Master’s degree.
  7. Preferred: Five years of administrative/ head coaching experience at the collegiate level. 

VI. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including interpersonal, presentation and public speaking skills.
  2. Capacity to provide strategic leadership in developing and implementing a plan that aligns with the strategic direction of the department and of the College.
  3. Ability to negotiate and manage competing interests with fairness, integrity, and consistency.
  4. Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations governing recruitment, player eligibility and related areas.
  5. Strong organizational and people leadership skills and the ability to interact effectively with a diverse group.
  6. Ability to evaluate physical performance related to an intercollegiate softball program.
  7. Ability to effectively communicate both within and outside the College including, but not limited to, student-athletes, parents, recruits, coaches, civic and business leaders.
  8. Ability to work as a support individual within a group setting.
  9. Ability to provide effective leadership to student-athletes to encourage both successful academic development and competitive performance.
  10. Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  11. Current training in First Aid and CPR.
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