Amherst College Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Squash

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Job Description

Amherst College invites applications for the Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Squash position. Given Amherst’s distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The head coach is responsible for the management and administration of all aspects of a successful men & women’s squash programs.  The head coach will manage the squash programs to ensure competitive performance of team and satisfactory growth and development of a diverse set of student-athletes.  The head coach is also responsible for other related duties assigned by the Director of Athletics.  The position requires an understanding of the role of intercollegiate athletics in a highly competitive academic environment.  Takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Coaching

  • Teaching, analyzing performance, and coaching game techniques and strategies of squash in preparation for and during athletic competitions
  • Establish strong relationships with student-athletes and maintain effective lines of communication
  • Monitor academic progress of squash student-athletes. Understand academic needs, communicate with faculty liaisons, identify any issues that may occur, and provide direction and guidance when necessary
  • Develop student-athletes of character who are committed to fostering a campus environment of respect and inclusion
  • Schedules and conducts regular practice sessions daily or several times weekly during season. Maintains detailed statistics and records, evaluation reports, etc. for each student-athlete.  Determines and implements strategy to obtain maximum team level and individual performance
  • Determines competitive event schedule, coordinating with teams both inside and out of the Conference
  • Maintains continual and thorough familiarity with all applicable NESCAC, NCAA, CSA, and college rules and regulations, and complies with same

Recruiting

  • Creates a dynamic and inclusive recruiting plan for the squash programs.
  • Lead the effort to scout and recruit high-achieving prospective student-athletes from geographically and demographically diverse populations. Coordinates all phases of recruiting activities
  • Coordinates and organizes potential student-athlete on-campus visits

Department responsibilities

  • Attend meetings within the department and conference
  • Maintains positive relations with alumni and friends groups
  • In conjunction with the Office of Advancement, coordinate the program’s fundraising activities and the outreach of alumni.
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate assistant coaches
  • Manage program budget, travel, and logistics with Department administration
  • Performs other duties/functions as requested
Qualifications

Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred
  • A valid US driver’s license and successful credentialing is required in order to operate College vehicles
  • Experience playing or coaching squash at the college level
  • Strong recruiting skills
  • Outstanding organizational, communication, writing, interpersonal, and analytical skills and the capacity to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate, and advance strategic planning
  • Ability to work independently and to exercise sound judgment and discretion
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting the development of student-athletes from varied backgrounds
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and other non-traditional schedules
  • Ability to travel (by car, air, train, bus) domestically and internationally as needed for competitions, recruiting, fundraising events, or professional development
Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

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ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE

Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college’s community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty.  The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums:  Emily Dickinson MuseumBeneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium.  The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life.   Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!

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Amherst College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Amherst College complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.