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Head Coach, Men's RugbyPosting Number- S00595JP
Department Athletics ob Summary
The Head Coach of Men’s Rugby works closely with student leaders of the Club to direct all aspects of the Club Men’s Rugby Team including coaching, match strategy, scheduling, program administration, budgeting and associated student leadership roles and responsibilities within the Club. Additional responsibilities may include performing administrative duties as assigned at the discretion of the Director of Athletics or their designee. The Head Coach reports to the Associate Director of Athletics and works closely with the Associate Director of Student Activities..
Bachelor’s degree (Physical Education or related field) preferred OR a minimum of 5 years of coaching experience at the post secondary level and/or professional competitive experience. Required skills include: Knowledge of Rugby skills and strategy and the ability to effectively teach them; ability to motivate and effectively communicate with student-athletes; willingness and ability to actively recruit qualified candidates to Bowdoin; commitment to being a positive member of the Athletics Department, the College community and the ability to influence his/her athletes to do the same; working knowledge of NCAA, NESCAC and USA Rugby rules and an understanding of the philosophy behind them. Administrative skills such as prioritization, organization, and budgeting are needed. The coach must be self directed and motivated and be able to work independently and work under pressure. Valid driver’s license and ability to meet the standards of the College’s current Motor Vehicle Policy is required Current CPR, AED, and First Aid certification must be maintained. Subject to pre-placement physical exam and pre-placement criminal background check.
Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents
Demonstrated effectiveness coaching Rugby is required. 4-6 years’ coaching at the secondary or post secondary level or 4-6 years’ experience working in a competitive collegiate environment is required. World Rugby Coaching Level 200 certification is required. Strength and Conditioning and overseas tour planning experience is preferred.
Standard Work Days and Hours
Currently (and historically) there are formal coach-led practices three days a week, informal player led fitness and skill sessions on the other days. Ability to work weekends and evenings. Coaches are expected to be on campus during the academic year (late August – Reunion Weekend in June) and are expected to keep hours during this time that make them readily available to students. For full time coaches, this may involve greater than 40 hours per week in season of primary sport and varied weekly hours out of season. Overnight travel with student athletes is required during the Rugby season.
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The College’s commitment to providing an inclusive and equitable experience for all members of the campus community is evident in the significant investments it has made in programs and personnel. Bowdoin recently launched THRIVE, a college-wide initiative designed to foster achievement, belonging, mentorship, and transition in support of low-income students, first-generation students, and students of color following a generous gift from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings ’83. In addition, in 2017 the College completed the search for its first Senior Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity.
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