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Asst Coach Crew (W)

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Athletics
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Athletics

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

This position specifically supports the Department and University’s mission through recruiting, coaching, mentoring, and providing administrative assistance for the Crew (W) program and to the respective Head Coach.

Two positions available. 


Essential Functions


  • By supporting the coaching style and preferences of the Head Coach, provide instructional expertise and direction for the specific area assigned during practice and game-day events.
  • Through team practice, film review and one-on-one instructions, enhance the learning and development of the athlete’s Crew (W) skills. 
  • Provide advice and assistance to the Head Coach during the Crew (W) programs athletic events.
  • Ensure that all student-athletes follow proper safety procedures.
  • Work with appropriate agency to obtain certification and maintain currency in CPR and first aid.  Ensure that proper safety procedures are followed by all student athletes.
  • Utilize coaching expertise in creating a winning athletic program for UMass.
  • Work with athletics trainers and physicians as needed to implement team wellness and conditioning programs.
  • Provide direction to the Strength and Conditioning coach as to the desired training goals.


  • Identify prospective student-athletes through scouting athletic events, film review, developing industry contacts, and analysis of various performance indicators.
  • Evaluate talents, abilities and character of these prospects to determine their potential to succeed athletically within the Atlantic 10 Conference (A10) and academically at the University of Massachusetts (UMass).
  • Engage in communication with the prospects, parents, coaches, or other advisors through extensive travel, written and verbal correspondence with the intentions of attracting these student-athletes to UMass.
  • Work with the University’s admissions office and the Department’s compliance office for academic evaluations for meeting UMass, A10 Conference, and NCAA standards.
  • Communicate with Compliance Officer to ensure that all NCAA policies are followed.
  • Coordinate on-campus visits, travel arrangements, athletic and academic tours.
  • Provide recommendations to head coach for scholarship allocation.


  • Responsible for working with all Athletic Department Offices in processing of administrative functions and paperwork related to the Crew (W) program. 
  • Based upon scheduling commitments, recruiting demands, and other factors within the program administration, work with the Business Office staff with budget preparation, reconciliation, procurement of supplies, and other relevant communications with the business office.
  • Responsible for arranging all travel aspects related to the sport program which includes the driving of athletic vans for practice and competitions as needed. 
  • Understand current and changing NCAA, A10 Conference, and UMass Compliance Policy and Procedures as they relate to the Crew (W) program.  Maintain consistent communication with UMass’ compliance staff. Assist in briefing student-athletes and monitoring adherence to above.
  • Shall comply fully with the rules, regulations, and policies of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, of the Atlantic 10 Conference, and of the University and its Athletic Department.
  • Monitor academic progress of program’s student athletes.  Understand academic needs, communicate with Academic Support Services, receive progress reports, identify any issues that may occur and provide direction and guidance when necessary.
  • Identify program-marketing opportunities, communicate with the Athletic Marketing Office and assist in the execution if necessary.
  • Work with the UMass Athletic Foundation is its efforts to build relationships and generate gifts to the Crew (W) program alumni funds or other department and university related objectives.
  • Coordinate the programs fundraising activities.
  • Incorporate the scheduling preferences of the Head Coach and the athletic administration in the scheduling of non-conference games.
  • Recruit, evaluate, and supervise student managers to assist within the Crew (W) program.
  • Attends conventions, conferences, and clinics consistent with Department and University policies.
  • Serves on Department and University committees as assigned.


Public Relations

  • As a member of a Division I program for UMass, assistant coaches need to represent their school and program in a manner that supports the mission of the university.  Speaking engagements, instructional clinics, development efforts, and community relation programs need to reflect a professional and positive impression to the media or general public.
  • Work with student-athletes and monitor their adherence to rules and regulations concerning conduct, appearance, and punctuality.


Other Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree required from an accredited institution.
  • One to three years of intercollegiate rowing experience and/or intercollegiate coaching experience.
  • Ability to work weekends and nights.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Crew (W) techniques.
  • Working knowledge of rules and regulations governing intercollegiate athletics.
  • Ability to foster and maintain working relationships with various athletic publics.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Knowledge of simple principles of rigging, or fixing engines
  • Division I coaching experience 


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Extended periods of standing; nights, weekends, holidays may be required; outdoor work subject to variable weather conditions; travel required; carrying; pulling/pushing; repetitive movement; bending; lifting. 


Work Schedule

Varying hours depending on the demands of the position; nights, weekends, holidays may be required.


Salary Information

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience


Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references by August 26, 2019 to ensure priority consideration. The position may remain open until filled. 


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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