Stratford University

  • Assistant Athletic Coach - Softball

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/8/2019 3:44 PM)
    Job ID
    Newport News
    United States
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    At Stratford University employees take enormous pride in their work and the work of the University. Stratford is not just your next job -- it is a career where employees find their true calling and feel tremendous joy in making a difference in the lives of others. Every employee is empowered and encouraged to contribute innovative ideas to enhance the student experience and learning outcomes. This is made evident by our motto, Changing lives, one student at a time.”   Visit our University blog at




    The Assistant Athletic Coach reports to the Head Coach of their specific assigned athletic team and is dually responsible for assisting the Head Coach in carrying out all activities necessary to accomplish the objectives of this sport within the guidelines of the USCAA and the University. The Assistant Coach is also responsible for ensuring that all Student-Athletes understand that they are first STUDENTS and second Athletes of Stratford University.  The Assistant Coach is responsible for teaching their student athlete’s the specific skills to compete in their sport of choice, while ensuring that they maintain sportsmanship, academic quality, and the uphold the values of Stratford University on and off the playing field/court.  


    When an assistant coach is not offering instruction on the field of play, in the gym, or during conditioning, the assistant coach will be present and accountable on the campus. The assistant coach will work with the admissions staff to handle community outreach initiatives, aid in the advising of student athletes, and assist the head coach in all fundraising, and sports development activities. These may include meeting with businesses to gain their financial support in making Stratford University Athletics successful, and may include creating partnerships with companies on behalf of admissions and career services. While not in the gym, conditioning or on the field practicing or playing, assistant coaches will support many areas of the University, and will be responsible to the Athletic Director.


    Stratford University’s Assistant Coaches are vital to the success of Stratford University, and the Athletic Department. They must feel passionate about participating in the admissions process. With the participation of cross-functional staff and faculty support team, you will help to successfully transition students into their academic program. This goes above and beyond any commitments made to the athletic teams, and student-athletes participating on those teams.


    Essential Job Functions:


    This position serves as an enthusiastic and informed ambassador for initiatives central to the University’s commitment to excellence, innovation and efficiency in serving a diverse student body and in supporting a diverse faculty and staff. The Assistant Athletic Coaches will be dually responsible for helping to run successful athletic programs that they are assigned, as well as successfully aiding to an increased domestic, non-athlete student enrollment, fundraising for the Athletics’ program, and creating partnerships with community business.. The Assistant Athletic Coaches will report both to the Head Coach of their assigned sport, as well as to the Athletic Director and Campus President. .


    • Take an entrepreneurial approach to identify highly motivated, results driven students, community business partners, and potential fundraising sponsors to donate to Stratford University’s Athletic Programs.
    • Schedule meetings with community interests, high schools, and community business to build a pipeline of interest students who would meet with the admissions officer to finish the enrollment process.
    • Engage support team to facilitate financial, registration, advising and student support activities
    • Participate in intervention team activities providing direct support to at-risk students.
    • Coordinate activities through the Head Coach.
    • Assist Head Coach in instructing and retaining highly skilled student-athletes for the assigned team.
    • Provide instruction to student-athletes on the fundamentals, details and strategies of assigned sport as assigned by the Head Coach.
    • Counsel student athletes in sport participation, personal development and academics
    • Assist Head Coach in developing game strategies.
    • Maintains appropriate Athletic-Department policies, procedures and practices, while ensuring consistency with all college policies and requirements, all state and federal laws, including Title IX compliance
    • Responsible for adhering to the University Code of Conduct; as well as ensuring Department staff and student athletes adhere to the code.
    • Commitment to the philosophy of a comprehensive University
    • Performs additional duties as assigned by the Head Coach, Campus President and/or Athletic Director. .


    The Skills:


    • Ability to effectively teach fundamentals, position details and strategies of assigned sport during preparation and practice sessions.
    • Ability to motivate teams to become successful.
    • Strong organizational and follow-through skills, including the ability to solve complex problems.
    • Demonstrated experience advancing all aspects of diversity and inclusion, assuring gender equity and full compliance with Title IX.
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.
    • Coordinates long term communications with student prospects and applicants. (from inquiry to matriculation)
    • Ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously
    • Ability to work independently yet is a solid contributing member of a professional team
    • Excellent communication skills – listening, interviewing, explaining and advising students.
    • Knowledge and skill in the utilization of database management systems
    • Committed to quality service to students, able to translate dreams into reality
    • Establishes and maintains long term relationships built on trust and respect.


    Required Education and Experience:


    • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in athletic administration, education, business or related field.
    • Experience working with student-athletes and diverse, non-traditional student populations strongly desired.
    • Experience successfully leading large, diverse teams of substantial complexity; experience and skill in recruitment, management and development of senior level leadership, including athletic coaches.
    • Record of building "winning" teams and programs.
    • Knowledge of FERPA and ethical principles in working with students.
    • Familiarity with academic processes and setting preferred.
    • The work environment is fast paced and professional
    • Employee must be able to work efficiently with many interruptions involving walk-in and telephone inquiries and requests.
    • Proficiency with managing student prospect database tracking systems and using the database to generate written and electronic communications.
    • Demonstrated competency with Microsoft Office products including Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook.
    • Ability to work evenings and weekends with willingness to travel regularly
    • Ability to Travel
    • Ability to learn and comply with all policies and regulations of the University and the USCAA.. .
    • Ability to perform the essential functions and requirements of the job.
    • Ability to maintain a 40 hour or more work week
    • By nature of the position, work must be done on campus, the gym, the field/court or in the community. There will be not option for this role to maintain a virtual work office, or conduct work remotely.



    Work Environment and Physical Demands:

    • University Campus Environment / Athletic fields and courts
    • Will require sitting for long periods of time, in addition to standing, kneeling, and walking through the campus on a regular basis.
    • May require prolonged periods of utilizing a telephone, and looking at a computer screen
    • May require long hours, to provide support to campus operations, campus academics, Student-Athletes and Coaching Staff
    • Travel to Sporting Events
    • Overnight travel will also be required
    • Flexible work schedules in the evenings and weekends as required.
    • It s expected that you will participate and contribute to the success of official events.  The following events require your attendance and participation:
      • Commencement and Graduation
      • Open House
      • Orientation




    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified

    Stratford University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    “Changing Lives, One Student at a Time”


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