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Head Coach Women's Cross Country/Track & Field

Apply now Job no: 507932
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

Under the leadership of the Director of Men’s and Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field, this position specifically supports the mission of the department and university through the oversight of all programmatic areas for the Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field programs, including recruiting, coaching, mentoring, and the student-athlete experience.  


Essential Functions


  • Utilize coaching expertise in creating winning athletic programs for women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track.
  • Oversee and direct all aspects of coaching by providing instructional expertise and direction during practice and competition.
  • Through team practice and one-on-one instruction, enhance the learning and development of athletic skills for male and female student-athletes. 
  • Serve as a teacher and mentor to coaching staff. 
  • Ensure that proper safety procedures are followed by all student-athletes. Maintain certification in CPR and first aid.   
  • Work with sports psychology, nutrition, sports medicine and department physicians to implement best practices around areas of student-athlete holistic wellness.
  • Coordinate and consult with the sports performance coach on all support services related to strength and conditioning.


  • Oversee and implement all aspects of the recruiting process in alignment with program philosophy. 
  • Oversee scholarship allocations and scholarship budget management for the Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field programs.
  • 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 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, the department’s compliance office and the office of academic success on academic evaluations for meeting UMass and NCAA standards.
  • Communicate with compliance office to ensure that all NCAA policies are followed.


  • Charged with establishing overall expectations (team rules), and focus on driving culture and dynamics amongst all the student-athletes within women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track programs.   
  • Oversee and evaluate selected members of the Cross Country/Track and Field staff, and compete annual evaluations with Director of Cross Country & Track and Field and sport program administrators. 
  • Responsible for the scheduling of contests in coordination with program philosophy.
  • Manage Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field program coaching and support staff including assigning areas of responsibility and work assignments in coordination with the Director. 
  • Responsible for working with all athletic department offices in processing of administrative functions and paperwork related to the Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field programs. 
  • Responsible for preparation and management of the Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field program budget.
  • Based upon scheduling commitments, recruiting demands, and other factors within the program administration, work closely with the Associate AD for Finance and Administration on budget preparation, reconciliation, procurement of supplies, and other relevant communications with the business office.
  • Responsible for oversight of all travel aspects related to the Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field sport programs.
  • Understand current and changing NCAA, A-10 Conference, and UMass compliance policies and procedures as they relate to the Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field programs.  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 and shall take every reasonable precaution to insure that all members of their staff comply fully with such rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Monitor academic progress of women’s cross country and track & field 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.
  • Work with the UMass advancement staff in its efforts to build relationships and generate donations to the Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field program alumni funds or other department and university related objectives.
  • Attend and represent UMass at conventions, conferences, and clinics.
  • Serve on department and university committees as assigned.

 Public Relations

  • As a member of a Division I program for UMass, head 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 and/or general public.
  • Work with student-athletes and monitor their adherence to rules and regulations concerning conduct, appearance, and punctuality.


Other Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


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

  • Bachelor’s degree required from an accredited institution.
  • Five to seven years of intercollegiate Cross Country and/or Track and Field coaching required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Cross Country and Track and Field methods and techniques of coaching.
  • Intercollegiate recruiting experience.
  • Working knowledge of rules and regulations governing intercollegiate athletics.
  • Ability to work weekends and nights.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to use computer software in daily programmatic administrative functions.
  • Ability to foster and maintain working relationships with various athletics department constituents.


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

  • Master’s Degree 


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Variable work schedule depending on the demands of the position; nights and weekends required; may work in inclement weather; prolonged periods of standing.


Work Schedule

Variable work schedule depending on the demands of the position; nights and weekends required.


Salary Information

Salary commensurate with experience.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.  Applicants must apply by the priority deadline of 5/9/21 in order to ensure consideration.  Applications may be accepted after the priority date until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.


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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