Head Women's Basketball Coach Willamette University

Job Description

Willamette University invites applications for the full-time administrative position of Head Women’s Basketball Coach.

This is an exciting time at Willamette and we welcome you to join our team as we strive to provide students with an intercollegiate athletics experience that develops life skills by cultivating moral, physical, intellectual and emotional growth. In support of the mission and goals of Willamette University, our program strives to enhance the overall learning environment for scholar-athletes. GO Bearcats!

To learn more about the Athletics Department, staff, faculty and student please visit http://www.willamette.edu/athletics.

Head Women’s Basketball Coach directs all areas associated with women’s basketball program including: practice and game preparation; student-athlete recruitment; student leadership development; budget management; scheduling and supervision of assistant coach(es).

Work involves a wide variety of situations as the incumbent performs complex duties and responsibilities in the University’s athletic efforts. Requires strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to exchange information with others both inside and outside the University and may have a significant impact upon the University’s reputation and operations. May require exposure to adverse environmental conditions such as noise, extreme temperatures, inclement weather, and other adversities as the incumbent performs duties and responsibilities in both an indoor and outdoor setting. Requires travel due to varied locations of athletic events. Supervises assistant coach(es) and student staff, as appropriate.

This is a full-time 12-month administrative appointment (year round) and offers an attractive benefits package.

Duties & Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following functions, which are not listed in any particular order of importance or significance:

1. Directs and coordinates all aspects of the women’s basketball program.

2. Makes team travel arrangements including accommodations, transportation and meals.

3. Observes all conference, NCAA and university rules and regulations.

4. Prepares and manages program budget, including purchasing of equipment and other supplies as needed.

5. Recruits qualified student-athletes for admission to a demanding academic environment.

6. Provides leadership and instruction in the personal and athletic development of student-athletes, including counseling team members in academic, disciplinary and personal matters.

7. Schedules contests and practices within university, Northwest Conference and NCAA Division III guidelines.

8. Supervises and provides assistant coach(es) with necessary information and training.

9. Teaches sport skills, strategies and philosophy as well as sportsmanship.

10. Represents the department and University in public relations efforts.

11. Participates in department and Division planning and staff meetings, representing women’s basketball program and/or Willamette athletic department.

12. Cooperate with all coaches and administrative staff within the athletics program to enhance overall department operation and student-athlete experience.

13. Additional administrative responsibilities and duties will be assigned by the Director of Athletics.


1. Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.

2. Three years experience coaching college basketball, or significant experience coaching at the high school or club level.

3. Thorough knowledge of all applicable NCAA Division III and Conference rules as they apply to basketball.

4. Must be able to successfully articulate the values of a liberal arts education and the role intercollegiate athletics plays in the development of student athletes.

5. Ability to recruit outstanding student-athletes to a strong academic environment.

6. Possess strong leadership, organizational, communication and management skills; serves as a role model for student-athletes. Ability to effectively teach and coach students in both an individual and team setting.

7. Must demonstrate strong communication and organizational skills and must be able to work effectively with staff, faculty and other members of the University.

8. Ability to effectively communicate in English, both orally and in writing, including the ability to communicate instructions pertaining to athletic matters in an athletic coaching setting.

9. Ability to execute those physical activities required to perform the essential functions of the position.

10. Knowledge of and ability to use computers and a variety of software applications.

11. Ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of people in a manner that positively portrays the University and its programs, personnel, and philosophies.

12. Must possess a current driver’s license valid in the state of Oregon or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire date and satisfactory driving record insurable by the University’s insurer.

13. Ability to work independently as well as establish and maintain harmonious relations with other staff, faculty and students.

14. Successful clearance of a criminal conviction record check.


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