Responsible to the Head Coach and Vice President for Athletics to promote, enhance, and oversee the women’s softball program while maintaining compliance with all ACU, WAC, and NCAA Division I rules and regulations. Promote and support the university's mission and vision within their sport's program, coaching staff, and student-athletes. Responsible for the oversight of the academic, athletic, and spiritual development of student-athletes.
I.Basic Responsibilities A.Recruitment of student-athletes who are athletically, academically, and spiritually compatible with the ACU mission. B.Organization and administration of aspects related to managing a Division I softball program. Including but not limited to program administration, team budget, NCAA compliance, academics, etc. C.Provide student-athletes with holistic opportunities for athletic, academic, professional and spiritual development. D.Assist in fundraising and alumni relations. E.Other duties as assigned per the Head Coach and the Vice President for Athletics.
II.Essential Duties include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
A.Recruitment of student-athletes who are athletically, academically, and spiritually compatible with the ACU mission 1.Recruit student-athletes who have the athletic ability to compete at the NCAA DI level. Evaluate prospect’s fundamental skills and athletic talent. 2.Personally interview each prospective student-athlete in order to evaluate character, personal motivation, work ethic, etc. Prospects must have morals compatible with ACU’s mission. Interview coaches, family members, and friends of prospective student-athletes. 3.Evaluate academic success of prospective student-athletes by reviewing grades and national test scores.
B.Organization and administration of aspects related to managing a Division I softball program. Including but not limited to program administration, team budget, NCAA compliance, academics, etc. 1.Be a good steward of financial resources and assist with remaining on budget. 2.Maintain understanding and compliance of NCAA, WAC, and university rules, regulations, and policy. 3.Assist with scheduling and troubleshooting of academic and degree progress issues.
C.Provide student-athletes with holistic opportunities for athletic, academic, professional, and spiritual development. 1.Develop a comprehensive plan to ensure our student-athletes are able to compete at the highest Division I level. Including but not limited to strength and conditioning, position-specific instruction, game planning, etc. 2.Monitor academic progress of student-athletes to ensure eligibility, APR, and graduation standards are being met. 3.Encourage open communication between student-athletes and coaches. Provide many opportunities for spiritual growth, i.e. devotionals, mentoring program, application of biblical principles in midst of competition (life principles).
D.Assist in fundraising and alumni relations. 1.Help identify individuals interested in softball and/or have a relationship with the coach and a willingness to provide funds for the program. 2.Establish relationships with key donors and maintain contact with donors through regular updates and information about the program. 3.Responsible for promoting ACU Athletics and softball program via media relations requests, i.e. broadcasting coaches shows, interviews, and public relations opportunities.
E.Other duties as assigned per the Head Coach and the Vice President for Athletics.
Extensive knowledge of the game of softball and the ability to teach and motivate student-athletes to perform at the highest level with integrity and ethics.
Communication skills: ability to effectively communicate with a diverse group of people
Organization skills: ability to handle specific details of each event, budget, trip, meeting, etc.
Proper time management: ability to meet deadlines.
Attend sport-related clinics, coaching clinics, and workshops.
View film on softball fundamentals and practice organization.
Study materials on improving communication skills, motivational skills, and coaching techniques
Attend promotional and administrator seminars.
ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. This position requires the employee to be a professing Christian and be an active, faithful member of a local congregation.
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