Assistant Football Coach
Department of Hobart Athletics


The assistant football coach assists the head coach in all areas of the football program and executes the duties as a position coach or possibly a coordinator. The assistant coach will also serve as a member of one or more of the department Administrative Teams.


I. Coaching

Assistant coaches are expected to work in compliance with the rules and regulations of the NCAA, ECAC, Liberty League and other relevant governing bodies as they pertain to their positions. They are expected to be supportive of the HWS Compliance Coordinator and fully engaged in the Department's compliance education program.

A. Team Development

  1. Assist the head coach to develop strategies and techniques for all phases of the game.
  2. Assist the head coach to implement a team philosophy that will be supportive of the educational mission of the College, the Athletic Department and the Student-Athlete Advisory Council Code of Conduct.
  3. Assist the head coach in directing players and coaches to conduct themselves on and off the field in such ways as to bring credit to their team and Hobart College.
  4. Assist in planning and conducting of practices and games. Prepare, implement, and evaluate effective game plans for all contests.

B. Counseling Student-Athletes

  1. Develop and maintain effective communication with team members.
  2. Assist in appropriate ways with the student's adjustment process upon entering and upon graduating.
  3. Encourage student-athletes to foster a positive relationship with faculty, deans and all support service staffs.
  4. Serve as a liaison between student-athletes and campus tutoring services.
  5. Monitor student-athletes progress, reinforce the lessons taught in the Napier Seminar, Time Management and Study Skills Sessions.

C. Recruiting

  1. Assist to develop and implement an effective plan to identify, evaluate, cultivate and attract student-athletes to Hobart College who will be successful academically while contributing to student life and Hobart athletics.
  2. The following aspects will be included in this plan: letter writing, publications and questionnaires, organization of geographic assignments, off-campus visits, e-mail and telephone contacts, on-campus visits and interviews with admissions, alumni and other Hobart coaches.

D. Professional Development

  1. Maintain active memberships in professional sport organizations.
  2. Pursue formal and informal educational opportunities.
  3. Continue to develop computer skills.

E. Off Season

  1. Assist with off-season conditioning as assigned by the head coach.
  2. Work with strength coach to develop and communicate to the football team a summer training program to ensure that athletes return for fall football in the best possible physical condition.

F. Team Administration

  1. Assist with preseason arrangements and team travel as assigned.
  2. Support the equipment coordinator to provide squad members with the proper playing and protective equipment.
  3. Develop and maintain rapport with the team physician and sports medicine staff. Support the staff in their efforts to provide the best possible medical care for the student-athlete.

G. Staff and Campus Relations

  1. Foster a positive working relationship with department staff members and support the opportunity for student-athletes to participate in two or more sports.
  2. Establish a positive working relationship with Student Services staff and all members of the campus community.

H. Community Service

  1. Establish and maintain a positive working relationship with the interested segments of the community (e.g., youth groups, civic organizations, local schools media, etc.).
  2. Develop a positive relationship with alumni and parents of current and prospective student-athletes.

II. Administration

A. Assist with Administrative Teams as assigned by the head coach and/or the Director of Athletics.

  1. RFK assistant - Assist the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach with the hiring, training and supervising of monitors for the RFK Varsity Strength Training Center. Work closely with the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and HWS head coaches to establish and maintain the usage schedule for the facility.
  2. Assist the head football coach with management of winter and spring home athletic events.
  3. Assist the director of athletics with department or SAA projects.

SUPERVISOR: Head Football Coach


Bachelor's degree required; playing and/or coaching experience on the college-level highly preferred. Candidates must demonstrate strong potential to teach, lead, and counsel college student-athletes and enthusiasm for the recruiting duties of the position.


This is a full-time, 10-month, benefits-eligible, administrative position. This position description is not all-inclusive as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.

Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled. Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should send a detailed cover letter, resume and names with contact information for three references to:

Office of Human Resources
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
337 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
email: ferran@hws.edu

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other protected status.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions.  The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,000, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.