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#115523 Head Coach - Men’s & Women’s Track & Field

Extended Deadline: Fri 6/3/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

Initial applicant review date: 4/18/22.

This is a 100% Contract position for 1 year with the possibility of extension or conversion to career status.


The University of California San Diego is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Head Coach for Men’s and Women’s Track & Field. UC San Diego, located in La Jolla, in the San Diego Metropolitan area, enrolls over 35,000 students, earned recognition as one of the world’s premier research universities, and is ranked as one of the top-10 public universities in the nation.

UC San Diego Athletics has a proud tradition of academic and athletic excellence, sponsors 23 varsity sports, and is entering the third year of transition to NCAA Division I as a member of the Big West Conference. The Head Coach has responsibility for the overall operation of the Men’s and Women’s Track & Field program in accordance with University, conference and NCAA regulations. The position is a 100% time, 12-month contract position with full benefits. The Head Coach must have a commitment to the philosophy of providing a competitive NCAA program that emphasizes integrity and the educational welfare of its student-athletes and strives for athletic excellence within the University’s mission.

Regular duties include coaching effectively in practices and successfully in meets and competition, developing student-athletes athletically and academically, organizing and implementing a recruiting plan, effectively utilizing scholarship funds to attract and retain top scholar-athletes, preparing and monitoring annual operational, recruiting, and scholarship budgets, participating in promotional and fundraising activities, and developing community and alumni support. The incumbent must have the ability to be a lead coach in a minimum of one of the event disciplines, not including distance events. Must be able to work collaboratively with the Head Cross Country coach on inter-programmatic initiatives. The Head Coach will also be responsible for building out a staff of assistant coaches for event coverage, that includes the Head Cross Country Coach working with the distance events.

The incumbent must follow the athletic philosophy consistent with that of the UC San Diego Athletic Department and a commitment to diversity in all of its forms. Must have highly advanced and effective interpersonal, motivational and team leadership skills to work effectively with diverse student-athletes, parents of student-athletes, staff and alumni.Preferred successful collegiate head coaching experience at a high-ranking academic institution, working knowledge of NCAA regulations, and a Bachelor’s degree. Work schedule will be arranged with supervisor, but often includes evenings, weekends and holidays.

The incumbent will follow the athletic philosophy consistent with that of the UC San Diego Athletic Department and NCAA, and a commitment to diversity in all of its forms. Triton Athletics promotes the pursuit of excellence, strength of character, teamwork, ethical conduct, and diversity, and is inextricably linked to the educational mission of the University.

A complete application will include an online application, resume and cover letter.


  • Working knowledge of program activity and best practices. Professional knowledge of the NCAA regulations, philosophy and objectives of an athletics program, preferably DI.

  • Recognized expertise in team sport and coaching principles for student athletes. Successful collegiate coaching, teaching, and/or competing experience in specified sport. Strong demonstrated knowledge of sound principles and rules governing specified sport.

  • Proven abilities in recruiting and administering program of the specified sport at like institutions.

  • Operating knowledge of database management to include statistical queries, import and export of data from different software applications such as Legislative Services Database (LSDBi) and Compliance Assistant (CAi). Demonstrated ability to prepare and present educational and informational workshops and seminars to coaches and student-athletes regarding NCAA compliance, scholarships and student development services.

  • Knowledge of and experience with student financial aid programs, academic programs, and/or intercollegiate athletic programs.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment, initiative, tact, diplomacy and flexibility.

  • Thorough knowledge of the NCAA mission, values and goals regarding teamwork, diversity, fair play, financial integrity and commitment to academic excellence.

  • Skill to independently research and analyze policy issues and directives, identify resources, make appropriate contacts, and form solid recommendations.

  • Strong initiative and follow-through skills, including attention to detail to follow projects to completion. Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with key University personnel, including Counseling & Psychological Services, Student Career Services, Athletic Training, Student Health Services, College Advisors, Office of Student Conduct, Undergraduate Academic Advising Council (UAAC), and the Organization of Department and Program Advisors (OPADPA).

  • Skill in demonstrating a supportive and constructive attitude and in establishing good rapport with supervisor, colleagues, student athletes, coaches, trainers and with campus personnel at large.

  • Skill in reading and understanding complex and/or detailed documents such as NCAA and UCSD policies and procedures.


  • Must be able to work periodic evenings, weekends and holidays. Must be willing to travel to out-of-town meetings.

  • A background check and DMV check is required.

  • Must maintain a valid driver's license. Must also participate in the DMV Pull program and maintain a clean DMV record.

  • Must maintain NCAA certified recruiter status.

  • Must maintain CPR/AED and First Aid certification.

  • This position is a mandated reporter of known or suspected child abuse or neglect, according to the California law, Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).

  • This position is a campus security authority (CSA) for the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which is a federal law requiring disclosure of information about crimes on and around campus.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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