22-230 Head Coach of Strength, Conditioning and Sports Performance (SCSP)
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Higher Education Institution
Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Athletics invites applications for a full-time Head Coach of Strength, Conditioning and Sports Performance (SCSP).
West Chester University is an NCAA Division II member of the highly competitive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). The Department of Athletics prepares our student athletes for life-long success by providing opportunities for them to excel in the classroom, in competition and in the community. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.
This is a position within the Division of Student Affairs, awarded as one of the "Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs" by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education for the second year in a row.
WCU serves approximately 17,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, 23% identify as Hispanic/Latino, Black, Asian, and Native American Indian nations, and 24% are eligible for Pell grants. With approximately 30% designated as the first in their family to complete a bachelor’s degree, WCU is the first to earn "First Forward Designation," an initiative of NASPA and The Suder Foundation.
Reporting to the Director of Athletics and collaborating with the Applied Competitive Enhancement by Science (ACES) Director, faculty, and coaches, the Head Coach of Strength, Conditioning and Sports Performance (SCSP) oversees the physical training and conditioning of 24 intercollegiate teams; supervises graduate students and interns; and manages the fitness and conditioning rooms.
This position requires the cooperative and collaborative organization and supervision of strength and conditioning programs in concert with other Applied Competitive Enhancement by Science (ACES) team members and sport coaches for an integrated “team around the team” approach.
Morning, evening, split shifts, and weekend work are required.
Lead the collaboration with the ACES team to design, implement, and monitor all strength and conditioning programs and data metrics appropriate for the specific needs of every varsity athletic team and each student-athlete. Research?driven practices of Long?Term Athletic/Fitness Development Model will guide the three major strength and conditioning goals of improving athletic performance, reducing athletic injuries, and teaching lifelong fitness and movement skills.
Assist student-athletes in performing to their potential in their sport by evaluating current physical conditioning, having a knowledge of the sport(s) and associated exercises, tailor strength programs for specific needs, demonstrate proper performance of exercises as well as cueing, correct mistakes; manage programs by monitoring progress and providing an assessment of development for tracking athlete attendance and athlete progress in conjunction with the sport coaches.
Strive to reduce the occurrence of sport related injuries or the aggravation of such injuries during practice sessions and scheduled contests by being knowledgeable of the injuries commonly sustained in the sport and implementing proper pre-practice/competition warm-ups, in partnership with the Athletic Coaching and Sports Medicine staff.
Contribute to a work environment that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion by encouraging knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
Achieve and maintain appropriate professional certification(s) and memberships. Keep updated on current strength and conditioning research and professional development including attending applicable professional conferences.
Conduct an annual needs?analysis for each sport team in conjunction with the sport coach, the team’s athletic trainer and the ACES team at the conclusion of each sport season
Contribute to the development of a budget for the shared use of fitness centers by the Departments of Athletics and Kinesiology.
Work with Departments of Athletics and Kinesiology to establish fitness center usage times and availability as well as assisting with scheduling, maintenance, equipment purchases & repair, and the general operations of the fitness centers.
Annually conduct and review a departmental risk management plan.
Abide by, follow, and demonstrate support for all policies and regulations of West Chester University, the Department of Athletics, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Gymnastics East Conference, National Intercollegiate Rugby Association, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Contribute to the overall success of the University's athletics program by promoting a positive image of the intercollegiate athletics program and the University by participating in community and professional organizations.
Assist with the organization and overseeing of a summer camp(s) with the primary purpose of public relations and fundraising for scholarships and equipment.
Must be self?motivated and able to complete job assignments without direct supervision.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Athletics.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong working knowledge of and teaching skills in analysis and techniques of strength training; evidence of strong motivational abilities focused on the collegiate athlete; the ability to interact positively with student athletes, colleagues, and the public; and excellent communication, organizational, and leadership skills to be a positive role model and representative of the university.
Bachelor’s or higher degree in Kinesiology or related field.
A current nationally recognized and relevant professional certification credentialed by an independent accreditation agency—specifically the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification or CSCCA Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) certification.
Current standard first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillation (AED) certifications.
Minimum of two (2) years of experience and/or expertise in strength and conditioning instruction and programming of collegiate level student-athlete populations.
Master’s degree in Exercise Science, Sports Performance, Strength & Conditioning or related field
Additional certifications relevant to Sports Performance such as USAW Level 1 or The Certified Performance and Sport Scientist™ (CPSS™).
Ability to work with electronic programming such as Teambuilder
Demonstrated experience working with technical equipment such as force plates and bar velocity measurement devices
Ability to work with Sports Information to use social media to provide a strength and conditioning program’s presence
Knowledge of current NSCA Strength and Conditioning Professional Standards and Guidelines
Meeting community needs while placing students on a lifelong path of active citizenship is integral to our mission. The Carnegie Foundation (2010-2026) for Community Engagement recognized WCU for public service coursework and co-curricular programs. Preparing students to be global citizens is a critical component of our mission and goals. Currently, the University has more than 180 international students from 40-plus countries.
We are committed to leadership in extending equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status.
The salary for this position is $42,500.
Job responsibilities require both indoor and outdoor assignments, the ability to demonstrate the appropriate skills and techniques to be used by the student-athletes, ability to visually monitor athletes and respond quickly to any situation; sitting, standing, lifting; carrying up to 75 pounds; reaching, squatting, climbing stairs, kneeling, and moving equipment/boxes up to 75 lbs.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must successfully complete the interview process to be considered as a finalist. No phone calls please.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.