Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Athletics
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Categories: Athletics

General Summary: 

The Head Coach is responsible for, but not limited to, the development, leadership and administration of the women’s ice hockey program. This includes recruiting qualified student-athletes for a competitive team within the New England Hockey Conference, practice organization and supervision, staff hiring/development, game scheduling, budget oversight, student-athlete development, academic monitoring, coordinating fundraising and community service events, and positive alumnae relations.

The Head Coach is responsible for compliance with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Conference and University of Massachusetts Boston rules and regulations. The Head Coach along with his/her assistant(s) may be required, upon a successful Registry of Motor Vehicles background check, to drive passenger vans for team travel. Participation is required in University and UMass Boston Athletic Department sponsored events such as Open House and other fundraising events.

Examples of Duties: 

Coaching Responsibilities:

  • Daily operations include creating a positive diverse and inclusive environment for the student-athlete to excel in the academic and athletic environments following the NCAA Division III philosophy;
  • Create and develop an evolving positive, diverse and inclusive team environment that develops and allows for student-athletes to meet their full potential on the athletic field, in the academic setting which provides character building and life skills (career development, leadership skills, time management, work ethic) in and out of season;
  • Maintain and increase knowledge of women’s ice hockey training and coaching techniques and strategies for preparation of intercollegiate competition at a competitive level both within the conference and nationally;
  • Adhere and assist in the development of the women’s ice hockey budget;
  • Adhere to departmental procedures relative to purchasing and travel expenditures;
  • Assist with the coordination of team travel and logistics, including vehicles, lodging, and meals;
  • Responsible for practice and game preparation to prepare and develop strategies and skill development;
  • Ensure that all practices are conducted in a professional manner according to UMass Boston and NCAA time requirements;
  • Work with the sports medicine and sport performance staff to support the physical and mental needs of the student-athletes;
  • Responsible for creating a competitive NCAA approved schedule that falls within the financial boundaries of the athletic department;
  • Coordinate the scheduling of facilities for practices;
  • Provide an opportunity for annual evaluations with student-athletes;
  • Hire, oversee and evaluate assistant coaches;
  • Work with the sports information department to provide current team news;
  • Responsible for managing the social media team accounts in accordance with university and department policies;
  • Maintain and have thorough knowledge of NCAA, conference, and institutional rules and regulations;
  • Head coach is required to take and successfully pass the NCAA Division III Rules Test;
  • Report any alleged violations of NCAA, conference, or institutional rules and regulations.


Recruiting/Enrollment Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement recruiting strategies to bring in qualified student-athletes;
  • Travel to regional and national events to recruit prospective student-athletes;
  • Retain and monitor student-athletes who are academically prepared for the academic demands required of students at UMass Boston;
  • Schedule, coordinate, and supervise official and unofficial visits of prospective student-athletes;
  • Develop, manage and maintain an updated recruiting database;
  • Coordinate with Enrollment Management for special events.

Academic Responsibilities:

  • Help with ensuring NCAA progress towards degree requirements and working with student-athletes on achieving academic success and eventual graduation from UMass Boston. This includes monitoring student-athlete academic progress and performance as well as assisting with academic plans for individual student-athletes as necessary.  Coach is required to meet regularly with the athletics academic advisor regarding team academics.
  • Embrace and model the NCAA Division III philosophy emphasizing balance of academics and athletics;
  • Work with the athletics academic advisor to ensure an academic schedule that balances the intercollegiate requirements around practice and competition.
  • Ensure student-athletes notify faculty of all competition schedule changes.

Alumni and Community Outreach/Development Responsibilities:

  • Develop fundraising programs to augment operations budget;
  • Develop/maintain alumnae communication plan;
  • Annually organize outside community centered activities for team members and staff;
  • Develop relationships with outside resources to provide team community service opportunities;

Student-Athlete Development:

  • Coordinate with sports medicine staff on return to play from injuries;
  • Work with strength and conditioning coach on injury prevention activities;
  • Provide conflict management support;
  • Provide mentorship to student-athletes around identifying their voice and taking responsibility for their actions;
  • Monitor behavior that could be detrimental to an individual and the team;
  • Provide or collaborate with subject matter experts on education to team on topics such as drug abuse, domestic violence, hazing, social media, etc.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Attend all staff and division-wide meetings;
  • Attend all conference required meetings for women’s ice hockey;
  • Accept additional duties assigned by the Athletics Director and/or Senior Associate Director of Athletics;
  • The position reports to the Senior Associate Director of Athletics and will include a secondary assignment dependent upon the successful candidate’s credentials and expertise. Possible assignments would be athletic administration, student-athlete welfare, game day management, etc


Bachelor’s Degree and college coaching experience required; Master’s Degree preferred. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Head coaching experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, develop and coach student-athletes at the scholastic or collegiate level is preferred.
  • Previous playing experience preferred, along with an understanding of the NCAA and the Little East Conference (LEC) or New England Hockey Conference bylaws, rules, and regulations preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in managing fundraising activities preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and the understanding and ability to apply and instruct sport-specific skills, techniques, and strategies;
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit qualified student-athletes at the collegiate level successfully;
  • Ability to identify and accomplish professional development opportunities for self;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • There is a strong commitment to customer service.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, a good driving record and the ability to drive vans to and from contests and practices. Driver’s license must remain valid throughout the duration of employment in the position

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three references. 

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

This position is designated as a union position and its terms and conditions will be determined by a Collective Bargaining Agreement to be negotiated.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

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