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Montana State University Assistant Track & Field Coach in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21309

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Lyle Weese at 406-994-7837 or

Classification Title Assistant Coach

Working Title Assistant Track & Field Coach

Brief Position Overview

Join the Montana State University Athletic Department to be a part of the team in a student-centered learning environment distinguished by innovation and discovery in a Rocky Mountain setting!

Position Number 4C1513

Department Athletics

Division Others under the President

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

Responsible for assisting the Montana State University’s Men’s & Women’s Track & Field programs in Bozeman, Montana. Responsibilities include: fiscal management, student-athlete welfare, academic integrity, public relations, sport-specific fund raising, rules compliance, and planning and implementation of practices and game strategies. The Assistant Men’s & Women’s Track & Field Coach reports directly to the Head Men’s & Women’s Track and Cross Country Coach.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promote the philosophy and objectives of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, including adhering to all Departmental, University, Big Sky Conference, and NCAA rules and regulations; cooperate with all coaches and administrative staff within the intercollegiate athletics programs to enhance overall departmental operations.

  • Assist with scouting and recruitment of student-athletes, specifically with on- and off-campus visits of prospective student-athletes, as assigned.

  • Assist in coaching student-athletes including evaluating their performance in practices and competition and providing leadership and instruction in areas of deficiencies, as required.

  • Monitor the conditioning and training of student-athletes in conjunction with the strength and conditioning coaches and athletic training staff. Assist in planning and administering the off-season training program.

  • Counsel team members in academic, disciplinary, and personal matters, including consulting with the Head Coach, the Academic coordinator, and the respective Sport Administrator and other university administrators to resolve problems. Assist in monitoring the academic progress and eligibility status of student-athletes including class and study hall attendance.

  • Attend coaches preparatory meetings and implement strategies resulting from these meetings. Assist with the development of schedules for practice and competition, as assigned, including interfacing with departmental administrators.

  • Advise and counsel student-athletes regarding their obligations to comply with all rules and regulations related to financial aid and eligibility as well as personal conduct and appearance.

  • Participate in public relations activities, as requested, including granting interviews with newspapers, radio and TV media, attending press conferences, and making public appearances. Consult with assigned sports information staff regarding game preparations and media relations. Represent the Department at professional, civic, charitable, and alumni events, as requested. with planning and coordinating approved fund raising activities, as assigned.

  • Assist with budget preparations, as requested, and operate within approved budget allocations; assist with planning and coordinating approved fund raising activities, as assigned.

  • Assist in coordinating team travel arrangements, as requested. Travel with the team and monitor the conduct of student-athletes.

  • Coordinate with the equipment manager to ensure the necessary athletic equipment is available for scheduled practices and competitive events; monitor the condition of equipment; request repairs or replacement as necessary.

  • Participate in clinics, exhibitions, and camps as approved.

  • Perform all other duties or responsibilities as assigned by the Head Coach, the sport administrator, and/or the Director of Athletics.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • Background of competition or coaching in track & field/cross-country at the professional, collegiate, or high school level.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Successful track & field coaching experience with a focus on the pole vault and multi events.

  • Experience building and maintaining a recruiting database and managing the operations of a NCAA Track & Field and Cross Country program.

  • Knowledge of/commitment to NCAA rules specifically regarding recruiting.

  • Experience developing and motivating students for athletic and academic success.

  • Demonstrated ability in coaching and in recruiting and monitoring for NCAA compliance at the NCAA Division I level.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively and professionally relate to internal and external constituents and diverse populations.

  • Have excellent communication skills, be a positive motivator, have demonstrated leadership and organizational abilities, and be able to clearly articulate a coherent plan and vision to build and enhance the MSU Track and Field program.

  • Have impeccable integrity with a thorough commitment to NCAA , BSC , and MSU regulations.

  • Be self-motivated, make sound judgments, and be able to relate to and have a high interest in young people.

  • Be committed to the Department of Athletics mission and the mission of MSU .

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Salary is prorated for partial months of employment. Appointments are up to one-year in length and based on need and financial resources. Appointments may be renewed on an annual basis.

This position requires travel during the year for competition and recruitment.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on June 23, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .