Assistant football coach - Defensive coordinator
Full time, 12-months
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.
Reporting to the head football coach, this position works as part of an interdependent coaching team that is tasked with the overall management of the Bluffton University football team. This position is tasked with the following responsibilities: coordinate the defense, supervise the academic progress of players, and recruit for the team and University.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Coordinate the defense: Manage defensive staff and delegate responsibilities accordingly. Review opponent film breakdown, organize weekly scouting reports, develop a weekly game plan, play calling on game day, design practice plans for the defense, script practice, hold film review meetings and installation meetings, effectively teach and correct the fundamental skills of the defense.
- Demonstrates concern for the academic, physical, and emotional well-being of each
- The Bluffton University Athletics Department has identified existing programming models and identified common habits and virtues that frame the unique Bluffton University student-athlete experience. These “habits of excellence” emphasize practice and align with Aristotelian virtues to form our virtue-driven athletics program.
- Actively encourages and supports the academic success of team members, including encouraging or ensuring regular class attendance, monitoring grades, and working to minimize conflicts between athletic and academic responsibilities.
- Actively encourages and supports the physical well-being of team members by working with the training staff and other appropriate medical personnel to assure that the student-athletes are physically ready to participate, which includes looking for signs of eating disorders or the use of illegal and/or unhealthful drugs and supplements and taking appropriate preventive measures and establishing healthy workout and practice schedules.
- Actively encourages and supports the psychological and emotional well-being of team members, provides appropriate mentoring and life guidance, and seeks professional assistance when circumstances warrant.
- Academic Supervisor: Collects weekly academic grade sheets for his position, creates an active spreadsheet to keep accurate records of each player’s weekly academic performance, work hand-in-hand with the LRC to identify at risk student-athletes, and individually monitors the Academic Game Plan notebooks of his position. Provides pro-active support and detailed guidelines for students struggling in a specific class, presents the Academic Game Plan model for all prospective recruits and their parents during their campus visit, teaches and implements the Academic Game Plan to our freshman athletes upon their arrival in the fall, tracks team GPA each semester.
- Recruit for the team and university: Maintains phone call, mailing list and check-list on recruits. Maintains up-to-date records on recruited players. Recruits in state and out of state area by travel, phone, NCAA approved social media and hand-written letter.
- Other Duties: Attend occasional evening and/or week-end duties as needed (determined by supervisor). Complete other tasks as assigned by supervisor.
- To be determined based on qualifications and skill set, but may include teaching,
event management, intramurals, facility operations and other duties as assigned by
the VP of Student Life and Athletics, as well as the Deputy Director of Athletics.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties of this job.
- Education/Certification: Bachelor’s degree
- Experience: 3 years experience at the college or high school level, and relative playing experience.
- Skill/Abilities: Excellent written & verbal communication needed ability to manage multi-task situations. Valid driver’s license. Willingness to travel, including overnight and weekends. Ability to work evenings and weekends. Competent computer and related software skills.
- Diversity & Faith Commitment: Bluffton University expects all employees to show respect in the workplace and not to base business decisions on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by law. As a religious institution, Bluffton University welcomes its faculty and staff and encourages respectful consideration of the Christian faith which is consistent with the Mennonite/Anabaptist beliefs of the university’s founding and supporting church.
- Education/Certification: Master’s degree or strength and conditioning certification
- Experience: Extensive college football coaching experience
- Skill/Abilities: Use of social media, Microsoft Office, Hudl and experience with recruitment management
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands and/or work environment encountered by the employee while performing the essential responsibilities of this job must be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations will be considered and implemented when possible to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential responsibilities of this position. Secondary responsibilities may be removed when needed as an accommodation strategy. Must occasionally lift and/or move to up to 40 pounds, regularly works in outside weather conditions in fall and spring months.
Applications are considered complete when the following materials are received at the email indicated below:
- Letter of interest
- Completed Bluffton employment application
Please submit your cover letter, resume and employment application by email to: