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San Diego, California

Assistant Men's Rowing Coach

University of San DiegoFull-TimeSan Diego, CA
Detailed Description:

The assistant coach aids in the development and implementation of both the educational and the athletic component of the IRA USD Division I Men’s rowing program. They also assist in creating and implementing the general business operations of the program.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Assist head coach with teaching and coaching (athlete development)

  • Involvement with all administrative and organizational aspects of IRA Division I program under the supervision of the head coach.

  • Supervision of athletes in a coordinated and planned program of practices and competition, with a concern for the athletes’ health and welfare, physical and psychological preparation.

  • Assist with the organization, planning and implementation of daily practices.

  • Direct on-the-water coaching responsibilities (as assigned by the head coach).

  • Assist with the development and improvement of athlete skills. Work with individual players before and after practice, when requested.

  • Teach out-of-season, individual skill sessions, staying within the NCAA & IRA regulations for individual player workouts.

  • Evaluate race performances and provide information to the head coach.

  • Co-develop and oversee conditioning and weight room activities.

Recruiting (phone calls, contacts, evaluations, emails, official and unofficial visits etc.)

  • Understand and keep up to date regarding NCAA/IRA/conference rules as they pertain to recruiting and eligibility.

  • Assist in the identification and recruiting of academically and athletically qualified student-athletes for admission to the University with adherence to admissions and athletic department policies and procedures.

  • Pass the NCAA Coaches’ recruiting test annually.

  • Identify and evaluate prospective talent through evaluation at races, regattas, and video.

  • Weekly phone conversations with prospects.

  • Junior recruiting—Identify prospects and follow-up as requested by the head coach.

  • Request transcripts from recruits and follow up with appropriate calls to registrar and high school counselors.

  • Unofficial visits - Coordinate unofficial visits in keeping with appropriate NCAA & IRA regulations.

  • Official visits – Coordinate official visits, including travel, the involvement of current players, arrangements for meals and entertainment. Arrange academic meetings with faculty members and for an academic class with one of the players. Provide tours of campus.

  • Respond to leads and inquiries in a timely fashion.

Equipment and Boathouse Management 

  • Clean and maintain major (shells, riggers, oars, ergs, etc.) and minor (coxswain electronics, hardware, etc.) equipment.

  • Drive boat trailer to regattas.

Team Travel Coordination 

  • Coordinate air and ground transportation with authorized travel agencies.

  • Coordinate hotel accommodation with appropriate vendors.

  • Secure bus and van use with transportation coordinator.

  • Request and distribute cash advances to players and coaches, and secure appropriate documentation/signatures.

  • Coordinate all video equipment.

  • Create and distribute detailed travel itineraries.

  • File expense report for team in a timely manner upon return from each away trip.

General Assignments

  • Knowledge of and adherence to all University, NCAA, IRA, and conference rules and regulations, policies and procedures, with special attention to recruiting, eligibility, admissions, and financial aid.

  • Enforce University and athletic department policies and regulations with regard to use/abuse of alcohol and drugs by team members.

  • Maintain professional growth by attendance at appropriate meetings, clinics, workshops, etc.

  • Assist in conference, regional and national events hosted by the University when requested.

  • Assist in the organization of team and department awards presentations for student-athletes.

  • Prepare for end-of-season team banquet, including the creation of an end-of-season video.

  • Work with the head coach and equipment manager on all uniform and equipment orders.

  • Create detailed team binder at the beginning of the academic year for each student-athlete to include schedules, monthly calendars, travel information, blank scouting sheets, team, training room, and travel rules, and fundraising information.

  • Support program fundraising efforts through monthly newsletters, weekly emails, frequent social networking updates, and gift acknowledgment.

  • Assist with fundraising efforts of the head coach.

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required

  • At least 2 years’ experience either coaching or playing at the Division I or professional level

  • Understanding of NCAA & IRA rules and regulations

  • Employment is contingent upon the results of a background investigation.

Performance Expectations - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be able to drive a coach’s boat for multiple hours at a time

  • Must be able to safely lift and move the rowing shells.

  • Must be able to drive the shell trailer on cross-country trips.

  • Ability to communicate and relate to 17–22-year-old male student-athletes

  • Organized with excellent time management skills.

  • Must be passionate and excited to develop a top-level program for the University of San Diego.

  • Represent the University of San Diego in a professional and responsible manner.

Special Conditions of Employment:

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.  For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit

  • Required to be certified to recruit off-campus by USD Athletics Compliance Staff via NCAA rules education training within 6 weeks of hire date, and then each year before August 1st.

  • Valid driver’s license within six weeks of employment.

  • Must be CPR/AED certified within six weeks of employment.

  • May be expected to travel for extended periods of time for athletic and recruiting events.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Posting Salary:

$5,546.67 - 6,043.41 per month; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:

Resume and Cover Letter Required

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Additional Details:

Hours: 40 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled 

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit