Assistant Cross Country / Assistant Track and Field

  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • Morris, MN, USA
  • Jun 10, 2021
Full time Education

Job Description

A distinctive undergraduate campus within the University of Minnesota system, the University of Minnesota Morris (UMN Morris) combines a student-centered residential liberal arts education with access to the resources and opportunities of one of the nation's largest universities. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), UMN Morris provides students with a rigorous academic experience, preparing them to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body numbers nearly 1500 with a student/faculty ratio of 11:1. UMN Morris serves one of the most diverse student bodies in Minnesota. More than forty percent of UMN Morris students are Native American, persons of color, or of international origin. UMN Morris is the only federally recognized Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution in the Upper Midwest.

The University of Minnesota Morris Cougars compete in the NCAA Division III and Upper Midwest Athletic Conference with 19 sports for men and women. Cougar Athletics offers a competitive intercollegiate athletics experience advancing the UMN Morris commitment to academic excellence, diversity, service, and community; fostering the core values of integrity, respect, unity, commitment, and excellence; and furthering students’ success in athletics, learning, and life. One in five UMN Morris students is a varsity athlete.

 Position Description: The assistant coach is responsible for supporting all aspects of competitive NCAA Division III cross country and track and field programs that advance the mission of intercollegiate athletics and the University.  The assistant coach assists the head coaches in student recruitment and retention; coaches student athletes and fosters their skill development; assists in coaching plans and implementation at practices and competitions; provides for students’ safety, health and wellbeing; complies with NCAA, UMAC and university policies; provides sound fiscal management; assists in equipment oversight, scheduling, travel planning, and summer camps; assists in off-season programs and athlete development; and assists in program communication and fundraising efforts with the Head Coach. The assistant coach will work with the head coaches in cross country and track and field to build a shared vision, work collaboratively with the Office of Admissions, build and retain a diverse and talented team, foster good sportsmanship and a climate of respect, and provide an environment that supports students in achieving their athletic, academic and life goals. 

This is a full time 10-month coaching appointment.  Included in the appointment is 25% appointment as coordinator of Intramural and Rec Sports.

 Essential knowledge, skills and abilities: A Bachelor’s degree and demonstrated effectiveness playing and/or coaching cross country / track and field (spring and jumps) is required. A Master’s degree, college coaching experience and/or participation at the collegiate level are preferred. Required qualifications include: excellent organization, oral and written communication skills, an appreciation for the philosophy of the NCAA Division III, strong program management skills, the ability to recruit and retain qualified and talented student athletes, a demonstrated commitment to students’ athletic and academic success, the demonstrated ability to build, motivate, and retain a diverse, inclusive, successful team with sensitivity to individuals of all cultural backgrounds, and the capacity to be a visible and engaging leader. The successful candidate will demonstrate an appreciation for the mission and value of a public liberal arts college, be self-directed and motivated, work with integrity, and bring skills and abilities needed to advance Cougar football and baseball, the athletic programs, and the University.

Application Information: Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.  To apply, submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for at least three professional references at - Job ID#341250.

UMN Morris values diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. UMN Morris is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and /or service because we believe that diversity enriches the University experience for everyone. Women and individuals from Native American and other racial/ethnic minority populations are encouraged to apply. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.