Responsible for the recruitment and development of student-athletes to build a successful varsity athletic program. This role may supervise the work of others; however, this is a secondary function of the role. Competencies for this role are usually gained through participation in a program at the varsity level, formal education, specialized training, and/or experience in a program or specialty area specific to the position responsibilities.
Typical functions listed below are examples of work performed by positions in this role and are not intended to be all-inclusive. Some duties may overlap levels; however, the preponderance of the work will be assessed when assigning positions to specific levels.
- Provides direction for student-athletes at practices and games.
- Enforces policies and procedures and implements disciplinary action when appropriate.
- Monitors student-athletes’ academic progress and acts as an advocate for student-athletes.
- Identifies resources for student-athletes necessary to assist in their athletic and personal development.
- Serves as an ambassador for the University of Tennessee.
- Develops overall team strategy and works with personnel to develop and implement special team’ strategies.
- Identifies talent and performs recruitment activities for student-athletes.
- Identifies and develops relationships with donors and participates in major fundraiser events.
- Performs budget management functions.
- Ensures program compliance with NCAA, NIRA, and conference rules and regulations.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSAs)
Listed below are the minimum requirements for this role. KSAs will become more advanced as the level increases and will vary depending on the requirements of the position.
- Knowledge of sport.
- Knowledge of coaching and the ability to work successfully in a team environment.
- Knowledge of NCAA, NIRA, and other applicable rules and regulations.
- Verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to identify and engage talent for recruitment.
- Ability to communicate effectively with external audiences.
- Ability to develop student-athletes.
- Ability to lead, mentor, and motivate others.
Athletics Coach 1
- Implements strategy of assigned specialty area.
- Reviews progress, implements changes, and assesses results.
- Makes and implements independent decisions on complex issues within scope of responsibility and refers controversial or unprecedented issues and problems to a higher level.
Typically requires a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and two years of relevant, progressively responsible experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Market Ranges: MR03, MR04, MR06, MR07, MR08, MR09, MR11, MR12, MR14, MR20, MR25, MR26, MR29, MR31
Athletics Coach 2
- Responsible for the overall strategy of a sports program.
- Resolves complex, controversial, or unprecedented issues and problems.
- Works with, mentors, and supervises other coaching staff to ensure the team is operating effectively.
Typically requires a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and five years of relevant, progressively responsible experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Market Ranges: MR04, MR06, MR08, MR10, MR11, MR12, MR17, MR20, MR21, MR22, MR23, MR24, MR26
Effective Date: January 4, 2021