Knox College invites applications for the position of Assistant Softball Coach. This is a part-time, 12-month, exempt, non-benefits eligible position reporting to the Head Softball Coach. The start date is flexible. The successful candidate will have a focus on supporting student-athlete success and developing a competitive NCAA Division III program.
Knox College, a member of the Midwest Conference and NCAA Division III, is a vibrant community of scholar-teachers and students with a tradition of free inquiry, independent thought, and diverse perspectives. Softball at Knox officially began in the spring of 1977, but have made the MWC tournament just twice in the 46 year history of the program. However, there has been a reinvigoration of the softball program, especially with recent improvement to the Knox Softball field including a new LED scoreboard, bullpens, and improvements to both the infield and outfield surfaces. Defeating two conference foes for the first time in over 20 years in 2021, the Prairie Fire Softball are primed to compete for a Midwest Conference Championship. Recruiting both locally and nationally, the roster dones 50 percent of its student-athletes from Illinois and the other 50 percent from across the country.
Knox College is one of the 50 most diverse campuses in America and prides itself on its historic commitment to increase access to all qualified students of varied backgrounds, races, and conditions, regardless of financial means.
U.S. News and World Report included Knox as one of its “Best Value Schools” in its 2021 rankings, listing it as #20 among national liberal arts colleges, recognizing academic quality and the price that students pay after receiving need-based scholarships or grants. Knox is also regularly recognized for this historic and transformative mission; Knox has been included in every edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges since the groundbreaking book was first published in 1996. Washington Monthly ranks Knox #40 in the nation for its commitment to the public good, and Forbes regularly includes Knox on its Grateful Grads Index, which rates the top 200 colleges and universities for the success of graduates and the number of alumni that financially support their alma mater.
Thanks to record-setting fundraising over the past five years, the following upgrades to Prairie Fire facilities have been made possible:
Creation of the 1,500+ square-foot state-of-the-art Schmid Golf Performance Center which boasts a putting green, high-tech aboutGolf course simulator, custom lockers, and a 70-inch video screen
LED video scoreboard, goals, a gated brick archway, and an upgraded Jorge Prats Field with high-quality synthetic turf at the Whitcomb Soccer Complex
LED scoreboards at Blodgett Field (baseball) and the Softball Complex
Improvements to the infield and outfield of the softball field and the installation of bullpens with backstops
Branded strength and conditioning equipment in the E & L Andrew Fitness Center
Prairie Fire branded jumps pits and throws implements for the track and field program
Top of the line electrostatic painting and refurbishment of all locker facilities branded in Knox purple
New modern flooring installed in the athletic training room and offices
In addition, the past three years have seen the athletics department:
Facilitate increased branding of all Prairie Fire facilities
Increase its social media presence across all channels
Complete a website redesign to capitalize on the department’s increased online audience
Development of student-centered Forever Fire Career Development and diversity, equity, and inclusion programming
Coming off of another strong year of fundraising, the department is in the process of installing new state-of-the-art video and audiovisual technology in the department's multi-purpose room and film room.
The Assistant Softball Coach is responsible for assisting and supporting the head coach in all aspects of the program including but not limited to: assisting with the execution of a successful recruiting and retention plan; assisting with the integration of the program into the campus community; scheduling, planning, and supervising practices and contests as assigned; assisting with the administration of all aspects of the program ensuring compliance with departmental, institutional, Midwest Conference (MWC) and NCAA rules and regulations; assisting with alumni and booster engagement including promotion of program on social media platforms; scouting of opponents; additional administrative duties as assigned; attend all required department meetings, complete all administrative assignments, and attend all required functions as designated by the Head Coach, Athletics Department and/or the Director of Athletics; Must pass the NCAA rules compliance test and comply with all NCAA rules and regulations. Must provide support and encouragement and ensure the safety and well-being of the student-athletes.
In addition, this position will have duties assigned in game-day operations for a fall or winter sport.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
Experience as a softball or baseball student-athlete or student-coach/manager
Valid driver’s license
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks and projects
An appreciation for a residential liberal arts education, respect for individual differences, openness to the values and opinions of others, and flexibility to adapt to constant change
Respect for individual differences, openness to the values and opinions of others, and commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for underrepresented communities
Experience as a softball or baseball coach at the high school, club, or collegiate level
Prior experience with recruiting at an NJCAA, NAIA, or NCAA institution
Experience with Front Rush database or similar platform
Experience with youth and skills camps/clinic
Experience with HUDL video editing system or a similar systepm
Experience with photoshop and/or score shots
Experience in game-day preparation or operations
Experience with administration of team travel
To apply please complete the Knox College Employment Application by going to the link provided https://knoxhr.bamboohr.com/jobs/. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be subject to a background check.
Knox College is a nationally ranked, private, residential liberal arts college of 1,400 students from 48 states and 51 countries. Founded in 1837 by social reformers strongly opposed to slavery, Knox was one of the first colleges in the United States open to all, regardless of race, gender, or financial means. The College recruits a national and international pool of high ability students and stands out among its peers for the inclusion of first-generation, international, and students of color, in a culturally rich and vibrant campus community.
In keeping with its commitment to equal rights since it was founded in 1837, Knox College particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. In addition, Knox College is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its accompanying regulations from so discriminating on the basis of sex.
The College official responsible for coordinating compliance with this Notice of Non-Discrimination is Kimberly K. Schrader, Title IX Coordinator. Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College's policies that prohibit discrimination and harassment should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator identified below. The Coordinator will be available to meet with or talk to students, staff, and faculty regarding issues relating to this Notice of Non-Discrimination and the College’s policies and procedures.
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Knox College, a member of the Midwest Conference and NCAA Division III, is a vibrant community of scholar-teachers and students with a tradition of free inquiry, independent thought, and diverse perspectives. The Athletic Training Program at Knox College is under the direction of an internal medicine team physician and a staff of three full-time certified athletic trainers.