Position Purpose: The Head Women's Hockey Coach supports learning by managing, organizing and administrating all aspects of the Aurora University NCAA Division III women's hockey program. This includes but is not limited to: scheduling of varsity and junior varsity contests as necessary; development and management of operating budget; and making team travel arrangements.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Manages and administers all aspects of the Aurora University NCAA Division III women's hockey program. This includes, but is not limited to, recruiting and teaching/coaching student-athletes, scheduling varsity and junior varsity contests as necessary, developing and managing operating budget, and making team travel arrangements.
Supervises assigned Assistant Coach(es) to ensure compliance to applicable rules, policies and procedures; provides orientation, training and guidance as needed; conducts performance evaluations.
Understands and follows NCAA and conference rules and regulations. Follows NCAA rules as outlined in Bylaw 13 in the NCAA Division III Manual. Reports any alleged violations of NCAA, conference, or institutional rules and regulations.
Teaching/Coaching: a) Keeps informed of contemporary trends, tactics, techniques and strategies in coaching, which includes developing a philosophy of what to teach and how to implement. Provides coaching and direction to assistant coaches, as well as praise and constructive feedback. b) Plans, implements and evaluates practice sessions. Communicates expectations, praise and corrective feedback in a clear and constructive manner. c) Develops effective game plans. Prepares team physically, mentally and emotionally for competition; maintains and meets high expectations for team athletic success. d) Instructs student-athletes on high expectations for academic achievement; monitors the academic progress of student-athletes. e) Instructs student-athletes on high expectations for student-athlete social responsibility and works to develop well-rounded student-athletes. f) Instructs student-athletes on a standard of proper student-athlete conduct, both in and out of the athletic arena and works with the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics.to sanction those who do not meet the set standard. g) Instructs student-athletes on a standard of proper safety. Monitors condition of equipment and facilities, and reports items in need of repair/maintenance to Instructs student-athletes on a standard of proper student-athlete conduct, both in and out of the athletic arena and works with the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics to sanction those who do not meet the set standard.
Recruitment of Student-Athletes: a) Recruits and retains quality student-athletes and works with the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics and the Office of Admission to satisfy target squad size numbers and freshmen/transfer recruitment goals. b) Assists student-athletes and their parents in understanding the educational programs and opportunities at Aurora University as well as the opportunities in the athletic program. Answers questions to aid in the understanding of NCAA Division III rules related to recruitment.
Oversees selection, purchase and maintenance of team equipment, to include uniforms, athletic equipment and supplies.
Prepares and end of season report and assistant coach(es) evaluations by the date designated by the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics. Schedules and completes an end of the year review meeting with the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics.
Maintains records and statistics of team and individual performances. Utilizes the support of the Sports Information Director in collecting the necessary information for archives.
Maintains self-control and poise; provides an example of sportsmanlike conduct for team members, officials, opponents and spectators.
Develops and maintains a positive relationship with alumni and interested segments of the university and community.
Attends athletic department meetings and university community meetings and functions.
Handles confidential information with tact and discretion.
Drives university or rental vehicles as needed for away contests.
Performs special and/or additional duties as required by the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Athletics.
Essential Job Requirements:
Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university is required.
Minimum of five years related experience; intercollegiate hockey coaching experience preferred.
Excellent verbal and written skills required.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a wide range of constituents: student-athletes, parents, coaches, media, alumni, administrators, support staff, campus community and the community at-large.
Ability to set and achieve or exceed goals and meet deadlines, strong strategic thinking and problem solving abilities.
General computer knowledge with a proficiency in Word and Excel.
Evening and weekend availability is required
Flexibility with an evolving work environment important
Valid driver's license is required
Physical ability to endure physically strenuous work-outs and physical exercise on a daily basis, including standing and/or walking for long periods, bending, stooping, lifting; manual dexterity; lifting of up to 30 pounds.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.