Denison University is looking for an Assistant Field Hockey Coach in Granville, OH


Assist the Head Field Hockey Coach with the daily operation of the field hockey program and the recruitment of student-athletes. Perform additional coaching or administrative assignments and teach in the department as requested.

Essential Job Functions
Denison University is an academically rigorous liberal arts college with an increasingly diverse campus community. Denison is a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), offering undergraduate education to 2,300 students. Denison offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. Located in the village of Granville, Denison is 30 minutes from Columbus, Ohio, the state capitol, which hosts a wide range of cultural and artistic opportunities. Granville also offers an excellent public school system and easy access to outdoor activities.

Denison invites applications for an Assistant Coach of Field Hockey. The essential responsibilities of this role include assisting the head coach in the planning, instruction, and execution of practices and skill development; identifying and recruiting student-athletes who are qualified; organizing and coordinating all aspects of game-day operations; scouting opponents; analyzing video and offering game breakdown; coordinating team meals and travel. This role also ensures adherence to University NCAC and NCAA rules and regulations, and may teach courses for the department as needed. The assistant coach is expected to participate actively in the university community, and performs other duties as assigned.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:


  • Assisting the head coach with daily practice planning
  • Assisting Head Coach with game decisions and providing player feedback and evaluation
  • Coaching on-field
  • Working with and developing goal-keepers
  • Performing video analysis and scouting of opponents
  • Assisting and mentoring student athletes with academic progress, course selection, campus involvement and social/community outreach, and other issues related to the college experience


  • Recruiting quality student-athletes both on campus and at various recruiting events throughout the year
  • Managing recruiting databases
  • Scheduling recruiting visits


  • Designing and distributing recruiting letters, marketing materials and correspondence throughout the year
  • Assisting with team marketing and social media
  • Communicating with Sports Information Office with appropriate information for publications and press releases
  • Communicating and working with other departments across the athletic department and throughout the campus


  • Coordinating and managing game day operations
  • Planning travel and meals
  • Assisting the head coach in daily administrative tasks
  • Attending department meetings and assistant coach mentorship meetings
  • Providing game day management for other sports in the department
  • Working with the equipment staff on the distribution and maintenance of athletic equipment
  • Supervising student workers
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
A Bachelor’s degree as well as collegiate playing and coaching experience is required.

Candidate must have a strong understanding of various coaching techniques and a willingness to learn new methods of instruction.

Candidate must have a current, valid driver’s license and be insurable under Denison’s liability insurance policy.

Candidate must have a demonstrated background in coaching or playing field hockey on the college level, and successful, proven experience in recruiting student athletes.

Candidate must also possess an understanding of NCAA Division III and conference rules and regulations, and an ability to teach physical education courses and relate well to students, fellow department members and other colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications
A preferred candidate would posses:

  • a high competency in field hockey skill and tactical instruction of all positions
  • previous experience in goalkeeping or in training goalkeepers
  • experience in video analysis and scouting
  • understanding of NCAA DIII rules, and the differences between divisions
  • demonstrable recruiting knowledge and/or previous experience with the recruiting process in the United States
  • experience in effectively promoting and/or recruiting within the DIII and private liberal arts experience
  • demonstrable experience working with individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • strong verbal communication skills and the excellent writing, management and organizational skills needed to effectively communicate with coaches, athletes, athletics and university administration, alumni, prospective players and their families
  • experience in event planning and management
  • ability to lead and work independently as well as within a team environment
  • ability to maintain confidentiality
  • ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends. Travel required.

An ideal candidate would be be committed to a philosophy that that emphasizes academic priorities for student-athletes as well as the importance of good citizenship on and off the playing field. The ideal candidate would also serve as an exceptional role model of appropriate behavior and conduct, supporting the image and reputation of the athletics program and Denison University as a whole.

Physical Demands
Ability to work extended hours associated with athletic events. Ability to work in a sometimes stressful environment.

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