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Head Coach, Women's Ice Hockey Coach

Position Deleted on 3/28/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Geneva, NY
Admin - Athletics and Coaching
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time

The Head Coach is responsible for the organization and management of a newly formed NCAA Division III women's ice hockey program at William Smith College. This includes teaching and coaching student-athletes for successful competition; monitoring and supporting student-athletes' academic success; recruiting; civic engagement; planning and managing budgets and schedules; fundraising; and developing positive alumnae and parent relations. William Smith College Department of Athletics is committed to maximizing the potential of Heron student-athletes in a learning environment that values and enhances teamwork, competitiveness, respect, discipline, leadership and personal responsibility. William Smith coaches are expected to utilize an ethical approach to training, competing, mentoring and recruiting.


Coaching Responsibilities:

Teaching and Coaching:

  • maintain an exemplary standard of conduct, which reflects the highest level of professionalism and good judgment on and off the ice
  • provide a teaching and learning environment that is nurturing, intellectual and supportive of individual differences
  • develop strategies and techniques for all phases of the sport to best prepare the team for competitive situations
  • prepare, implement and evaluate practice and game plans that are effective for the sport and congruent with team/individual ability
  • develop and employ a team philosophy that is supportive of the educational mission of the college and the athletic department
  • direct players, coaches and support staff to conduct themselves on and off the ice in such ways that bring credit to their team and William Smith College
Counseling and Advisement of Student-Athletes:
  • develop and maintain effective communication with team members
  • set high standard of ethical and moral conduct on and off the ice
  • reinforce academic success as a priority
  • monitor academic progress through communication with the Director of William Smith Athletics, HWS Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and the Dean of William Smith College
  • encourage student-athletes to foster a positive relationship with their faculty, the deans and all support staff
  • articulate and implement a recruiting plan consistent with the Colleges mission
  • cultivate a recruiting network
  • maintain the department's recruiting record keeping system
  • recruit student-athletes that coincide with the academic profile of William Smith College students
  • maintain open communication with other William Smith coaches regarding shared prospects
  • be knowledgeable about admissions and financial aid processes
Professional Development:
  • maintain active membership in professional sport organizations
  • pursue formal and informal educational opportunities
  • participate in department Peak Performance Plan seminars
Civic Engagement:
  • promote the sport and William Smith ice hockey in area communities
  • establish and maintain a positive relationship with interested segments of the community (e.g. youth groups, civic organizations, media)
Program Management:
  • comply with institutional and departmental policies
  • be knowledgeable of and comply with all NCAA and ECAC rules and regulations
  • supervise, mentor, and evaluate assistant coaching staff
  • work collaboratively with other department members and HWS staff (e.g. peer coaches, support staff, athletic trainers, athletic communications, admissions, human resources)
  • work collaboratively with the HWS Associate Athletic Director for Compliance to develop a competitive schedule
  • establish a sport budget in collaboration with the Director of William Smith Athletics
  • effectively manage the sport program within the budget allocation
  • responsibly manage equipment, uniforms and facilities
  • work collaboratively with the Geneva Recreation Director and Rink Manager
  • plan and oversee all sport fundraising activities
  • maintain appropriate coach-athlete relationships with players
  • develop a positive relationship with alumnae and parents of current, former and prospective student-athletes
Operational Team Responsibilities (approximately 30% of full time responsibilities):
  • assist with external relations (i.e. Corporate Alliance Program, Heron Society)
  • assist with special events (i.e. Annual Awards Banquet, Heron Hall of Honor)
  • assist with department initiatives
  • represent the department at college events on and off campus
  • represent the department on campus committees

A bachelor's degree is required; master's degree is preferred. Demonstrated successful women's ice hockey coaching experience at the collegiate level, preferably NCAA Division III, required. The candidates should have proven organizational and managerial skills as well as a recognizable commitment to student growth and academic achievement. An overall knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations is required. The successful applicant must be a person of integrity, high ethical standards, have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and have a commitment to teamwork. Competence with technology resources and a current U.S. driver's license are vital to fulfilling the responsibilities of this position. The candidate must be willing to work nights and weekends.


This is a full-time, 10-month, benefits-eligible, administrative salaried (exempt) position. This position description is not all-inclusive as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.


Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled. Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should send a detailed cover letter, resume and names with contact information for three references to:

Office of Human Resources
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
337 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other protected status.
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