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Head Coach - Track and Field

Company University of Windsor Job Type Full Time
Location Windsor, Canada Job Reference MD2543
Salary Competitive Closing Date Open until filled
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Job Details

The position of Track & Field Head Coach encompasses primary accountability for the direction of day to day activities and program development for Lancer Track & Field.  The incumbent is responsible for adhering to all Department and USports & OUA policies and procedures, and reports directly to the Head of the Department: the Director, Athletics & Recreational Services.
This position is considered an integral component of the Department of ARS as it seeks to fulfil its mission, “to enhance the student experience and foster a commitment to personal development through competitive sports and recreation opportunities.”
The Head Track and Field Coach is responsible for the organization, administration, fundraising, coaching and recruitment duties for the Track and Field team (women and men). The incumbent will demonstrate proficiency in creating a culture that embraces and supports student-athletes, coaches and teams in the pursuit of excellence and will contribute to the activities and services that support the overall program and create an excellent student experience. The Head Coach also helps the University build community support for the Track and Field team and contributes to resource development initiatives to enhance the overall program.
The Windsor Lancers Track and Field team has a strong tradition of excellence. The program has won 21 CIS national championships in track and field, the most in Canadian Inter-University Sport history as well 41 OUA provincial championships. Track and Field at the University of Windsor plays a critical role in the image of the University and establishing a sense of pride on campus and in the community. Athletics and Recreational Services is looking for applicants who will work together with administration, alumni and various stakeholders to continue to build upon this championship culture and tradition of excellence.

Key Responsibilities
  • Utilize current and specific theory and techniques towards optimally training Track & Field athletes to reach their fullest potential.
  • Teach appropriate Track & Field skills, meet tactics and strategies.
  • Make appropriate coaching decisions during competition.
  • Develop a positive interpersonal relationship with athletes and student personnel involved with the program.
  • Develop specific practice and meet plans.
  • Motivate, disciplining and leading athletes towards their highest possible achievements.
  • Develop positive, professional relationships with meet officials, league staff and coaching colleagues.
  • Work closely with Cross Country Head Coach in coordinating Cross Country program.
  • Establish a national recruiting plan for identifying, contacting and communicating with top high school athletes in (a) the tri-county area, (b) southwestern Ontario,  and (c) other areas of Ontario  &/or Canada/USA.
  • Bring potential student-athletes to visit our campus to tour academic and athletic facilities and meet with both athletic and academic individuals.
  • Establish a close link with high school and club level Track & Field both locally, provincially and nationally in order to increase the visibility of your program and yourself.
  • Work to achieve a Track & Field profile at all levels via media opportunities, attendance at events wherever possible, volunteer coaching in club program or clinics, and speaking engagements.
  • Work toward the Recruitment goal: quality of student-athlete first, quantity of athletes second. 
  • Accountability in all matters financial as it applies to travel and team budget lines.
  • Planning for both the short and long term, as it relates to optimal preparation for the duties of the Pre-Season, Competition Season and Post-Season.
  • Monitor athlete eligibility and academic standing/progress; and supporting student athletes to achieve academic success.
  • Planning and execution of an annual fundraising plan to support and enhance the ARS operating budget provided for Track & Field.
  • Lead and supervise the part-time track and field coaching staff and team support staff.
  • Contribute to the overall atmosphere of the department through establishing positive "team oriented” working relationships with peers.
  • Overall program oversight for both the Track & Field and Cross Country teams. Provides administrative oversight for both programs.
  • Timely submission of paper work and other league or department submissions.
Alumnium and Community Relations & Professional Development
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with Lancer Track and Field alumni, donors and supporters through regular correspondence and events.
  • Conduct Lancer track and field summer camps and other youth programming where possible. 
  • Involvement with professional association (where applicable).
  • Contribute to the upgrading of education, especially coaching education through NCCP levels.
  • Attain NCCP Technical Course Conductor status and offer NCCP technical courses in the local area
  • Service on department/university committees.
Kinesiology Instruction  
  • Responsible for instruction in Kinesiology program. Workload assigned by Dean, Faculty of Human Kinetics. 

Skills & Experience Required


  • A strong track & field coaching background at an elite level
  • Proven track record of recruiting high calibre athletes
  • Excellent communication, organizational and administrative skills
  • Undergraduate degree required 
  • The candidate must have NCCP Level II certification or equivalent Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline 
  • Master’s Degree in a related field
  • Coaching experience at the University or College level 
Personal Attributes: 
  •  The pursuit of professional and personal excellence
  • Information sharing
  • Fairness, honesty and integrity
  • Equity within programming
  • The projection of a positive image at work and in the community. 
  • Academics before Athletics approach for Student-Athletes
  • A coaching commitment to planning in order to maximize
  • Direction
  • Motivation
  • Instruction
  • Progress Information
  • Productivity
  • Positive Experiences
  • Variety
  • Self-Determination
  • Social Experiences
  • Support

Other information


The University of Windsor has exclusively appointed specialist search firm SRi to manage this recruitment process. SRi is the leading firm dedicated to the constant and growing demand for executive and management talent in sports, media and entertainment.  

How to Apply 

To apply candidates should send the following:

  • Letter of application highlighting relevant experience 
  • Up to date Curriculum Vitae 

How to apply

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