Assistant Women's Basketball Coach/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach | Knox College

Knox College invites applications for the full-time position of Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. This is a 12-month, benefits-eligible position reporting to the Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Anticipated start date is September 2021. The successful candidate will have a focus on supporting student-athlete success and wellbeing as well as developing a competitive NCAA Division III program. 

Knox College provides a competitive salary and a strong benefit package including health, dental, vision and life insurance; access to a retirement plan; a generous paid vacation and holiday package; free membership to our recreation center; and more! Tuition remission is also available after a two-year waiting period.

Knox College, a member of the Midwest Conference and NCAA Division III, is a vibrant community of scholar-teachers and students with a tradition of free inquiry, independent thought, and diverse perspectives. Women’s basketball at Knox College officially began during the 1973-74 season, but the seeds were planted well before that. A women’s club team played against local teams in 1896. A 1920 graduate of Knox, Florence Meridian, a member of the Knox-Lombard Athletic Hall of Fame, played and coached women’s basketball as far back as the late 1910’s. The team was among the founding members of the Midwest Athletic Conference for Women (MACW) during the 1978-79 season. The Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) and the MACW merged in 1994 to become the current Midwest Conference (MWC). In the late 1980’s, the women’s basketball team made the MWC tournament three years in a row, a level of play that would not be matched until the team returned to the tournament in two of the last three full seasons. Over the last five seasons the Prairie Fire have accumulated a 59-43 overall record, including a 40-28 mark in conference play. They made the MWC tournament in 2017-18 and 2019-20. During the 19-20 season, the team won eight of their last ten league games to secure their spot in the tournament field.

Knox College is one of the 50 most diverse campuses in America and prides itself on its historic commitment to increase access to all qualified students of varied backgrounds, races, and conditions, regardless of financial means. 

U.S. News and World Report included Knox as one of its “Best Value Schools” in its 2021 rankings, listing it as #20 among national liberal arts colleges, recognizing academic quality and the price that students pay after receiving need-based scholarships or grants. Knox is also regularly recognized for this historic and transformative mission; Knox has been included in every edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges since the groundbreaking book was first published in 1996. Washington Monthly ranks Knox #40 in the nation for its commitment to the public good, and  Forbes regularly includes Knox on its Grateful Grads Index, which rates the top 200 colleges and universities for the success of graduates and the number of alumni that financially support their alma mater. 

Knox athletes are student-athletes with a focus on achievement in the classroom, on the court or playing field, and as community leaders. Institutional support for enhancing intercollegiate athletics is strong and the K Club booster organization has been very active in recent years with a significant upward trajectory both in engagement and dollars raised the past three years. Gift to the K Club made possible a state-of-the-art golf performance center and converted the College’s grass soccer field to a high-grade synthetic turf. More recently, the athletics department has increased its social media presence, facilitated increased branding of the Prairie Fire facilities, completed a website redesign to capitalize on the department’s increased online audience, and installed a new state-of-the-art video scoreboard at Prats Field as well as new scoreboards at Blodgett Baseball Field and the Knox Softball Field. 

Responsibilities

The Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach is responsible for assisting and supporting the Head Women’s Basketball coach in all aspects of the Knox College women’s basketball program including but not limited to: assisting with the execution of a successful recruiting and retention plan; assisting with the integration of the program into the campus community; scheduling, planning, and supervising practices and contests as assigned; assisting with the management of the programs’ operating budget; assisting with the administration of all aspects of the program ensuring compliance with departmental, institutional, Midwest Conference (MWC) and NCAA rules and regulations; assisting with alumni and booster engagement including promotion of program on social media platforms; scouting of opponents; additional coaching and administrative duties as assigned. Must provide support and encouragement and ensure the safety and well being of the student-athletes. 

In addition, this position will have duties assigned as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach under the direction of the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (20% of position) and teach a Lifetime Fitness Class in conjunction with another instructor, typically fall term.

Education and Experience

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
  • Experience as a basketball student-athlete at the collegiate level
  • 1 or more years of basketball coaching experience 
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks and projects
  • An appreciation for a residential liberal arts education, respect for individual differences, openness to the values and opinions of others, and flexibility to adapt to constant change

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience performing scouting duties
  • Prior experience with recruiting at an NCAA institution
  • Certification in weight lifting
  • Experience with Front Rush database
  • Experience with youth and skills camps

Application

To apply please complete the Knox College Employment Application by going to the link provided https://knoxhr.bamboohr.com/jobs/. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be subject to a background check.

Knox College is a nationally ranked, private, residential liberal arts college of 1,400 students from 48 states and 51 countries. Founded in 1837 by social reformers strongly opposed to slavery, Knox was one of the first colleges in the United States open to all, regardless of race, gender, or financial means. The College recruits a national and international pool of high ability students and stands out among its peers for the inclusion of first-generation, international, and students of color, in a culturally rich and vibrant campus community.

For more information about Knox College, please visit www.knox.edu/about-knox.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

In keeping with its commitment to equal rights since it was founded in 1837, Knox  College particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. In addition, Knox College is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its accompanying regulations from so discriminating on the basis of sex. 

The College official responsible for coordinating compliance with this Notice of Non-Discrimination is Kimberly K. Schrader, Title IX Coordinator. Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College’s policies that prohibit discrimination and harassment should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator identified below. The Coordinator will be available to meet with or talk to students, staff, and faculty regarding issues relating to this Notice of Non-Discrimination and the College’s policies and procedures.

Title IX Coordinator

Kimberly K. Schrader

Old Jail 12 | Campus Box K-209

337 South Cherry Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-7751

Email: [email protected]

Inquiries about the application of Title IX to Knox may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the United States Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, or both. Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for additional information.

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education-Chicago Office

500 W Madison St., Suite 1475

Chicago, IL 60661-4544

Phone: 312-730-1560

Email: [email protected]

Inquiries regarding the College’s policies regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) should be directed to either the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources or Director of Disability Support Services identified below.

For Employees:

Assistant Vice President of Human Resources

Amy Chambers

Administrative Services Center 109 | Campus Box K-200

368 South Prairie Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-7200

Email: [email protected]

For Students:

Director of Disability Support Services

Stephanie Grimes

Umbeck Science and Math Center E111 | Campus Box K183

340 South West Street

Phone: 309-341-7478

Email: [email protected]