Montana State University

Professional Position
Vacancy Announcement

Assistant Coaches - Pooled Position
Bobcat Athletics

Search Number     1010-3
Start Date As needed.

Negotiable, depending upon experience and qualifications and includes benefits appropriate to a full-time position. Salary is prorated for partial months employment.

Letter of Appointment contract, non-tenured, no faculty rank, full-time position. Appointments are up to one-year in length and based on need, financial resources, and satisfactory performance. Appointments are renewable on an annual basis.

Benefits Eligible

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 14,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by four national airlines and is the second busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with "three distinctly different" major ski resorts within an hour's drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

Duties and

This announcement is for a pool of applicants for POSSIBLE FUTURE vacancies. Seeking Assistant Coaches in the areas of Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Football, Women's Golf, Men's Skiing, Women's Skiing, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Men's and Women's Track and Cross Country, Women's Volleyball, and Strength Training. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

** 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.

** Participate in the collection and analysis of tactical and statistical data of opponent's teams and assist in designing game plans and strategies. 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.

  1. Bachelor's degree.
  2. Background of competition or coaching, in the sport for which application is being made, at the professional, collegiate, or high school level.
  1. Collegiate coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level in the sport for which application is being made.
  2. Knowledge of/commitment to NCAA rules specifically regarding recruiting.
  3. Experience developing and motivating student-athletes for athletic and academic success.
  4. Demonstrated ability in coaching and in recruiting and monitoring for NCAA compliance at the NCAA Division I level.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Screening of applications will begin when a position becomes available and will continue until the positions are filled. To apply, submit: (1) a letter of application that addresses the required and preferred qualifications listed above. NOTE: Please indicate the position for which you are applying and be specific. (ex: Full-time Assistant Football Coach/Defense, Full-time Asst. WBB Coach, etc.); (2) a Resume' and (3) a list of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three current professional references. PLEASE DO NOT SEND LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION AND PLEASE DO NOT HAVE YOUR REFERENCES CALL US. Electronic submittals in pdf format are highly encouraged and must have the applicant's signature.

Submit materials to:
  • Search Committee Assistant Coaches
  • c/o Belinda Pence
  • Department of Athletics
  • Montana State University-Bozeman
  • P. O. Box 173380
  • Bozeman, MT 59717-3380
  • 406-994-5435
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