California Institute of Technology – Head Men’s Tennis Coach


California Institute of Technology seeks a Head Coach of Men’s Tennis. Located in Pasadena, California, Caltech is the world’s leading STEM research institute and is a truly remarkable and rigorous university, with 975 undergraduate students, Caltech boasts 16 intercollegiate teams in NCAA Division III. Our mission is to develop the STEM leaders of the next generation who will transform the world. Our athletic program is engaged in a tremendous transformation and all programs are very competitive within the traditionally strong Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In particular, our men’s tennis team has achieved the highest national ranking in department history at No. 15. We are looking for a transformational leader and great teammate to lead us in the next phase of our growth.

The Head Coach of Men’s Tennis is responsible for administering all aspects of the sport program including: coaching, recruiting, game scheduling, student development, budget management, compliance with NCAA D3, and conference rules/regulations and community building. The head coach will teach in the physical education curriculum. The head coach is also responsible to participate as a member of the college community and with all collaborative departmental functions as needed. Beginning this year, there is the resource to have a year round assistant coach, minimum twenty hours year round, flexing up to forty hours in competitive season.

This is a full time exempt position with excellent benefits, vacation, retirement and continuing education support. Position posted June 2022 and all interested applicants shall apply through the Caltech HR website once the posting appears: Search Career Opportunities (

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EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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Disability Accommodations If you would like to request an accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to Caltech Recruiting at [email protected].

Essential Job Duties

  • Demonstrate excellent teaching and coaching competencies with regard to:(a) sport skill instruction (b) motivation (c) tactical strategies (d) physical training and fitness in practices and contest
  • Design and execute a competitive schedule for intercollegiate contests (including practice planning) that maximizes individual and collective student-athlete development and performance; prioritizing conference play within an academically rigorous educational experience. Create team results that are competitive within the SCIAC regular season on a consistent basis
  • Successful recruitment, matriculation, retention and graduation of student-athletes capable of attaining the baccalaureate degree in sufficient quantity to maintain a team roster appropriate for competitive success
  • Recruitment activities include but are not limited to: identification and evaluation of prospects, communication strategy, record keeping, hosting campus visits, and traveling to market the Institute when needed
  • Provide student-athletes with opportunities that allow for social, emotional, and academic development, in addition to athletic success through close interpersonal guidance, mentoring and counseling
  • Manage a cost-effective and administratively efficient sport program working at or within operational budget on an annual basis, includes purchasing, inventory and control of sports equipment and uniforms, management of team travel and effective national recruitment program
  • Participate in whole department and sport specific marketing, public relations, civic and community outreach and fundraising/friend raising activities
  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with all constituents including department colleagues, administration, faculty and other college personnel in the spirit of integration and community with a common mission. Includes collaboration with service/support functions such as SID, equipment and ATC
  • Demonstrate positive and effective communication in all aspects of job; including writing, speaking, listening, and non-verbal skills
  • Teach a variety of beginner physical education classes, up to one per term, (depending on in or out of season) in our required undergraduate physical education curriculum
  • Exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, Institute, and Department of Athletics rules, policies and expectations including commitment to lifelong learning, sportsmanship on and off the field of play, positive leadership and the desire and ability to act as a positive role model and representative of the Institute at all times. 
  • Compliance with all department, college, conference and NCAA regulations
    Assume additional responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation which may include but are not limited to: game or facility supervision duties, including facility care and maintenance
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Physical Demands/Work Environment

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Physically teaching, running, playing, instructing, demonstrating tennis and related conditioning skills
  • Lifting, carrying, loading sport specific equipment
  • Set up and tear down of sports contest support equipment
  • Some care and maintenance of sport specific or general athletic facilities

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Organized competitive coaching experience in an educational setting
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, judgement and integrity
  • Strong computing skills including database manipulation, email and calendar savvy, technological teaching tools, video analysis and manipulation
  • Passion and ability for personal growth and learning
  • Ability to safely lift, carry, and move at least 50lbs. of equipment
  • Valid Driver’s License and the ability to maintain it throughout the course of employment
  • First Aid, CPR and safety training, or ability to immediately obtain the credential

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related field
  • Collegiate head or assistant coaching experience at a Division 3 institution
  • Collegiate sports playing experience

Required Documents

  • Complete Professional Resume
  • Cover Letter that addresses the responsibilities listed
  • One Page Coaching Philosophy

About Caltech

Caltech at a Glance The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future.Caltech’s 124-acre campus is located in Pasadena, California. Mission The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society. History Founded as Throop University in 1891 in Pasadena, California, and renamed the California Institute of Technology in 1920. Research and Education Academic Divisions Biology & Biological Engineering Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Engineering & Applied Science Geological & Planetary Sciences Humanities & Social Sciences Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy 26 academic options (programs) 49 cross-disciplinary research institutes and centers Approximately 300 professorial faculty More than 600 research scholars 3:1 student-faculty ratio 

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