Head Coach – Women's Basketball | Harvard University Department of Athletics


Posted: 23-Feb-22

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Type: Full-time

Required Education: 4 Year Degree



Coaching – Basketball


Collegiate Sports

This position serves as the leader of the women’s basketball program and embraces the vision of principled leadership, academic integration, and competitive excellence. The Head Coach leads by developing a vision, setting team goals, and building a healthy and transformative culture. The Head Coach is responsible for all aspects of the program, including student-athlete development, planning and preparation for practices and contests, managing team staff, identifying and recruiting prospective student-athletes, budget, operational logistics, providing leadership to the respective Friends Group, and participating in appropriate University, community, alumni/ae and media relationships – all in compliance with University, Ivy League and NCAA rules and regulations.

The Head Coach uses athletics as the means to educate student-athletes. This position serves as a teacher and mentor in the holistic development of student-athletes to help build character and teach valuable life lessons including work ethic, discipline, resilience, accountability, adaptability, teamwork, humility, and leadership – in support of the University and College missions. The head coach impacts personal development in addition to athletic development in a meaningful and lasting way.

The Head Coach is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of student-athletes to achieve and maintain peak performance. In the Ivy League, program success is defined broadly and involves much more than winning – a successful program imparts the life lessons described in the above paragraph and results in high levels of student satisfaction and healthy team culture. This position is a key ambassador for the Athletics Department and the University and must reflect the highest levels of integrity, ethical behavior and adherence to the Ivy League principles. Overall program success begins with the leadership of the Head Coach.

This position typically requires extensive experience in coaching the sport, with coaching at the collegiate level strongly preferred. Particularly for sports that are more prominent on an international level than in the United States, comparable experience may include playing and/or coaching in a professional or other high-performance environment, such as for a national team or at the Olympic level.

This is a term position renewable at the discretion of the Athletics Director.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires at least 7 years of Basketball coaching or other relevant experience.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree.


Additional Qualifications:

  • Requires mastery of sport-specific (Basketball) knowledge and relevant issues.
  • Understands, embraces, and demonstrates the philosophy, principles and policies of college athletics.
  • Requires advanced management and leadership knowledge.