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University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, Head Coach

By IWLCA Admin, 06/04/18, 12:00PM EDT


The University of Wisconsin–La Crosse seeks applications for the full-time position of Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach/Assistant Media Relations Director with an expected start date of August, 2018.  Women’s lacrosse will start varsity competition during the 2019-20 academic year.


The individual will be a valued full-time member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Department staff and will contribute to the mission of UWL’s nationally recognized Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, which is “Building Champions. In Sport. In School. In Life.” The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, the Division III ideal and the important role that intercollegiate athletics can play in higher education.  The Intercollegiate Athletics Department values diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from women and persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach (65%-9 month appointment): The position of Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach in the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (“the Department”) reports directly to UWL’s Director of Athletics.  The coach will manage the daily operations of a Division III intercollegiate women’s lacrosse program competing in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (“WIAC”) with responsibilities including, but not limited to, the supervision of the assistant coaching staff and the planning, recruiting, coaching, developing, implementing, and administering of the women’s lacrosse program (“UWL Women’s Lacrosse”) to meet University and Department objectives. The coach must conduct themselves in such a way as to enhance respect for UWL, the Department, UWL Women’s Lacrosse and UWL student-athletes.

Assistant Media Relations Director (35%-12 month appointment): The Assistant Media Relations Director will work with the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations overseeing all communications and media relations for the UW-La Crosse Intercollegiate Athletics Department with the goal of increasing the awareness of Eagles Athletics. Responsibilities include but not limited to assisting in game day statistics; maintaining and update records; managing press table and statistical coverage of home and special events; coordinating daily media relations efforts; result reporting; news releases; feature writing; organizing webcasting of live events; photography, video production and supervising student assistants.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Substantial head lacrosse coaching experience at the high school level, club level or above OR substantial assistant lacrosse coaching at the intercollegiate or professional levels.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or Master’s or other post-graduate degree.
  • Five years of relevant coaching experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in college recruiting.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the NCAA Division III ideal.
  • Experience in athletics, public relations and/or related field.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms, content management platforms, desktop publishing software, graphic design software and statistical programs.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop.
  • Strong writing skills, including knowledge of AP Style.

Requested Materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information (name, title, telephone number, and e-mail address) of three professional references

All inquiries regarding the position should be directed to David Johnson, Search and Screen Committee Chair at

Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required.  For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit:

Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence.  We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive."   The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all.   UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience.  UW-La Crosse is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest.  With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 25 graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education.  There are 502 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees.  UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 86 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin.  The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between.  Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America.  Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation.  Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits.  Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation. 

UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives.  In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse. 

As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at

Employment will require a criminal background check.  A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.