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Drury University, Head Club Coach

By IWLCA Admin, 06/07/21, 3:30PM EDT


The Drury University Department of Athletics invites applications in a national search for the position of Head Club Women’s Lacrosse Coach.  The new women’s lacrosse program at Drury University will be a club team, not an NCAA team and will begin competition in the 2022-23 academic year. 

This full-time position is responsible for leading, managing and administering all aspects of the club women’s lacrosse program in accordance with applicable governing body and University rules and regulations while:  1) creating an atmosphere where graduation is facilitated through participation in intercollegiate athletics, 2) teaching student-athletes to be productive citizens who contribute to society for life, and 3) meeting the roster size goal annually. The new head coach’s ability to achieve those three goals is facilitated by a modest scholarship allotment.  The head coach of this club team must have a philosophy that values the educational and personal well-being of its student-athletes while emphasizing the university and athletics department mission, vision, core values and culture.

Traditional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  1) coaching effectively in practice and competition; 2) energetic and engaged recruiting to meet the roster size goal annually; 3) promoting an atmosphere of student-athlete academic performance; 4) scheduling and budget management; 5) fundraising; 6) program organization; 7) teaching life skills to student-athletes; 8) assisting the athletics department with game operations for other sports; and 9) engaging the university and local community by building relationships with constituent group members, and by personal and team participation in community service activities. 

For consideration, please submit via the Drury University employment website:  1) a cover letter addressing qualifications for the position, your vision for the program and your coaching philosophy, 2) a resume, and 3) contact information for professional references.  All applicants must apply via the Drury University employment website and are not accepted via mail, e-mail or fax.  For assistance, contact the Drury University Human Resources Department at 417-873-7434.

This is a full-time position with a full benefits package.  Full-time benefits include tuition remission; health, dental, vision and life insurance; retirement and tax savings plans.  Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Employment with Drury University is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Drury University is an open and welcoming community from a rich variety of cultures, races and socio-economic backgrounds.  The mission and goals of the university dedicate the institution to being a community which affirms the quality and worth of all peoples and appreciates the diversity of human culture, language, history and experience.  Drury University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or veteran status in its programs and activities.


  • A bachelor’s degree is required (graduate degree preferred) and a minimum of two years of experience coaching the sport (college coaching experience preferred), or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to the fundamental role that intercollegiate athletics, when properly implemented, can play in the educational development of Drury student-athletes
  • Possession of a thorough knowledge of the sport, a sophisticated understanding of coaching strategies, and an ability to enhance student-athlete development
  • Leadership skills and the ability to manage team dynamics
  • Budget management experience
  • Ability to recruit qualified student-athletes to an academically competitive institution
  • Knowledge of and commitment to applicable governing body rules
  • Ability to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the program and monitor the activities of all assistant coaches (if applicable) and other individuals directly and indirectly involved with the program
  • Ability to work successfully with other departments and constituency groups on campus and in the community
  • Ability to motivate and develop student-athletes academically and athletically
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours
  • Ability to travel for work-related activities (e.g., competitions and recruiting)
  • Attention to detail while maintaining an understanding of the big picture
  • Strong organizational skills resulting in the ability to prioritize workload and meet short-term deadlines on a regular basis
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to supervise assigned staff (if applicable)
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Commitment to working with multicultural populations and an awareness of issues affecting women, minorities and international student-athletes
  • Ability to manage competition scheduling, budgets, fundraising and teaching life skills to student-athletes
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record
  • Proficiency with appropriate computer applications and general office equipment and software