Washington & Lee University
June 28, 2024
204 W. Washington Street, Lexington, Virginia
Job Type


In collaboration with head coaches and athletic administrative staff, assistant coaches plan and lead training and practice sessions to teach, encourage and develop student athlete skills and game techniques. The Assistant Coach will ensure appropriate safety standards are maintained. This position is also required to teach 2-3 physical education courses annually, as well as identify and recruit athletically and academically qualified student-athletes. Additional duties will include scouting of opponents, managing team travel, organizing community service activities, and maintaining parent and alumni communication. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the W&L philosophy by emphasizing academic priorities for student-athletes, as well as the importance of good citizenship on and off the playing field.
Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of expertise.
Essential Functions:
• Coaches team members individually and in groups and demonstrates game techniques. Manages designated skill development areas or groups of positions. Develops and recommends strategy, teaches theoretical skill and position assignments.
• Plans coaching and practice sessions in accordance with conference and university regulations.
• Teaches 2-3 physical education courses annually as required for student graduation criteria. Substitute teaches as needed when requested by Head Coach and Director of PE.
• Promotes the athletics program and specific sport through community events, camps, and public speaking. Teaches athletic skills and development through local youth programming.
• Mentors and advises student athletes on personal health, strength training, and nutrition.
• Recruits quality prospective student-athletes and ensures timely submission of their academic records for admissions.
• Ensures compliance with all Association, Conference, and University rules by athletes and supporting staff.
• Communicates consistently with head-coaches, administration, and peers about program goals, status, and needs.
• Schedules and manages team travel, including lodging, transportation, and meal arrangements in accordance with budgetary restrictions.
• Serves as an event manager for home contests.
• Other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
• A bachelor’s degree is required and a master's degree and collegiate playing experience is preferred.
• Must be committed to a philosophy that emphasizes academic priorities for student-athletes as well as the importance of good citizenship on and off the playing field.
• Role models appropriate behavior and conduct to support the image and reputation of the athletics program.
• Strong understanding of various coaching techniques and a willingness to learn new methods of instruction.
• Must possess a valid drivers license.
Physical Requirements:
• Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
• Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
• Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
• Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
• Standing: Remaining upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time.
Working Conditions: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside.
Types of Work: Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.
Application Instructions:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A resume and cover letter are required. Please upload these documents when prompted on the application form. You will be asked to provide names and contact information for three professional references.
Application instructions and information about Washington and Lee University can be located at https://www.wlu.edu/employment-opportunities