Hope College
January 14, 2020
Holland, Michigan
Job Type



As an assistant coach in our program you will have the opportunity to have a profound impact on achieving our goals of achieving competitive excellence and transforming the lives of our student-athletes. For our student athletes, you will provide feedback, advice, and support in helping them realize all of the opportunities for personal growth that college athletics provides.  You will join a coaching staff that finds joy in competing at the highest levels and in nurturing student-athletes towards their God-given potential. You will also serve our community by facilitating an incredible gameday experience and helping to make Hope College volleyball nationally recognized.

Under supervision of the Head Volleyball Coach, the Assistant Volleyball Coach will provide assistance in the leadership of all coaching, recruiting, and administrative duties for a nationally competitive Division III volleyball program.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in organizing, preparing and conducting practices, training, and competitions for varsity team;
  • Lead coach the junior varsity program;
  • Recruit student-athletes in accordance with all Hope College, MIAA, and NCAA rules and regulations;
  • Prepare scouting reports, video/statistical analysis and tactical strategies;
  • Assist in monitoring the academic progress of student-athletes;
  • Maintenance of social media sites and promotion of program in community,
  • Assist with the holistic and spiritual development of volleyball student-athletes including leadership training, community service projects, and/or bible study;
  • Represent the program and the College to students, parents, alumni, and the general public;
  • Assist in all duties as assigned by the Head Coach or the Director of Athletics;
  • Contribute to the overall success of the Athletic Department by performing other duties and responsibilities as assigned;
  • Appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Missional fit and appreciation of being an active participant in a vibrant Christian community.
  • Opportunity to coach club volleyball and camps
  • Be on campus in dining halls and residence halls to engage with student-athletes


  • Bachelor's degree with previous collegiate experience as a player or a coach
  • Previous collegiate coaching experience preferred
  • CPR and AED Certifications will need to be obtained once hired
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the sport of volleyball and its playing rules
  • Ability to foster a team environment
  • Demonstrated coaching skills in sport of volleyball
  • Knowledge of travel, lodging, planning, and scheduling
  • A commitment to the NCAA Division III philosophy, sufficient knowledge of NCAA and MIAA rules and regulations, and a demonstrated ability to successfully recruit, retain, and mentor student-athletes
  • The ability, and desire, to work successfully within a team-oriented athletic department

Application Instructions

Applications are accepted online at www.hope.edu/employment/faculty.  As part of the online application, candidates will upload a cover letter and resume. In addition, please enter the contact information for three references on the application (including current email addresses). Those references will be contacted by Human Resources upon application to submit a reference form.

About Hope College

Hope College is a four-year liberal arts college where academic excellence and vibrant Christian faith join together in a supportive and welcoming community. Hope offers an academically rigorous, co-educational and residential education to 3,150 undergraduate students from 37 states and more than 36 countries. Affiliated with the Reformed Church in America since its founding in 1866, Hope College is known for its invitational ecumenical Christian atmosphere, friendly campus community, and well-balanced academic and co-curricular offerings. Hope's beautiful campus is located just steps from award-winning downtown Holland, Michigan, and fewer than seven miles from Lake Michigan.

At Hope College, accomplished faculty and staff mentor students to recognize the interconnectedness of the world and cultivate the skills, perspectives and habits that help them flourish inside and outside the classroom. Recognized as a national leader in undergraduate research and scholarship, Hope provides exceptional professional preparation and life-changing educational experiences that equip students for success after graduation. The college has consistently ranked among the nation's top liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives.

Hope College is financially sound, with more than 50 consecutive years of balanced budgets, an endowment of approximately $230 million, and no deferred maintenance, and over $140 million invested in the construction of new facilities during the past 12 years. Since 2015, the college has completed three new buildings -- Kruizenga Art Museum (2015), the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts (2015) and the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center (2017). The next facility to be built will be a new home for the college's Campus Ministries programs, which is slated for completion in fall 2019.

In 2015, Hope College launched its 10-year strategic plan, Hope for the World: 2025, which consists of six goals, focused on: academics; Christian formation; global engagement; community; reputation and influence; and value. Developed by the campus community, the strategic plan supports the college's mission, "to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith."

Hope College is a community that aspires to be faithful, welcoming and transformational. Accordingly, the college is committed to being a place where all experience a sense of belonging. Students of all faiths -- and no faith -- are welcome at Hope, as are students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. In 2018-19, 18 percent of the student body identified as a race other than Caucasian. On Hope's campus, there is broad understanding that, in order to best prepare students for lives of leadership and service in a global society, the college must have diversity among its faculty and staff. Twenty-four percent of Hope's tenure-track faculty are from underrepresented groups, coming from both the U.S. and abroad.

Holland, Michigan is located in the heart of West Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. The city is known for being a friendly college town, a beautiful vacation destination, and annual host of both the Tulip Time Festival and Tulipanes Festival. With a city population of 33,000, Holland resides within the greater Holland-Zeeland area populated by 100,000 -- 30 minutes from Grand Rapids, 2.5 hours from Ann Arbor and Chicago and 3 hours from Detroit. Holland features a picturesque downtown just steps from the Hope College campus -- home to restaurants, cafés, shops and a popular farmer's market -- as well as miles of sandy beaches, nationally ranked school districts and charming parks throughout the surrounding area. In recent years, Holland has earned recognition for being one of the "Best Beach Towns to Live In" (WalletHub, 2018), "Prettiest Towns" (Architectural Digest, 2018) and "Best Cities for Global Trade" (Global Trade Magazine, 2017) as well as the #1 "Best Small City to Start a Business" (WalletHub 2018). The City of Holland has also earned several top honors for the "America in Bloom" competition, including awards for "Environmental Efforts" and "Coolest Downtown." The Holland area is strengthened by its diversity, with people of color comprising 33% of the city's population. The Latinx community is particularly vibrant, accounting for 24% of Holland residents. For more about neighborhoods, recreation, businesses and life in Holland, visit the city's "Live in Holland Michigan" website.

Hope College seeks to be a community that affirms the dignity of all persons as bearers of God's image. It is Hope College policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, family status, genetic information, height, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or weight, except in the event of a bona fide occupational qualification. Hope College is an equal opportunity employer.