Bates College – Men’s and Women’s Tennis Assistant Coach


Position Purpose:

The Assistant Coach is responsible for aiding the Head Coach in administering a competitive NCAA Division III intercollegiate program.  This position supports the development of student-athletes through mentorship, guidance, leadership opportunities, community building, and a commitment to social justice.  The Assistant Coach focuses primarily in the areas of planning and directing recruitment, conditioning, training, and performance of student-athletes, along with fiscal management of the program.  This is a professional assistant coaching position, and all of the duties of the position must be conducted in adherence with the policies, rules, and regulations of affiliated national, regional, and state intercollegiate athletic associations, the NESCAC Conference, and the College.  The Assistant Coach will have significant night and weekend commitments.  This position reports to the Head Coach.

Job Duties: 

  • Adheres to and enforces all policies and procedures of the Department of Athletics & Physical Education and the College as well as the rules and regulations of the NESCAC, the NCAA and other authorities that may legitimately influence the intercollegiate athletics program.
  • Completes all required departmental and institutional training and certification programs and participates actively in available professional development opportunities.
  • Assists in the recruitment of student-athletes as directed by the head coach. Ensures full compliance with NESCAC and NCAA guidelines in all aspects of the recruiting process.
  • Provides leadership and instruction in the personal and athletic development of student-athletes, including counseling team members in academic, disciplinary and personal matters.
  • Assists the head coach in monitoring the eligibility status and academic progress of student-athletes.
  • Provides support in carefully tracking expenditures for all team accounts to ensure fiscal responsibility.
  • Works with the head coach and equipment manager to initiate and coordinate the selection, purchase, fitting and maintenance of team equipment; to include uniforms, athletic equipment and supplies.
  • Assists the head coach in developing and implementing strategies for motivating student-athletes to perform at maximum levels as both individuals and a team.
  • Arranges team travel transportation arrangements through Assistant AD for Student-Athlete Services and Internal Operations and team lodging arrangements through the Business Manager.
  • Works closely with the strength and conditioning and sports medicine staff to ensure that student-athletes are physically prepared for competition.
  • Assists with approved fund-raising activities as requested and coordinates all such efforts through the Director of Athletics and Office of College Advancement.
  • Compiles data and reports in a timely fashion when requested by the head coach or any senior level administrator.
  • Ensures the safety of student-athletes and coaching staff through careful monitoring of the condition of athletic equipment and facilities utilized by the designated sport.
  • Confirms that sport camps and clinics related to the sport program adhere to NCAA and institutional rules and regulations.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by the head coach, Director of Athletics or any other senior level administrator.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization preferred.


  • Experience playing or coaching the sport, college level preferred.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated success in supervising young adults and managing programs preferred.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships.  Must be flexible, collaborative and have a positive attitude.
  • Ability to establish rapport quickly with students and their families, while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
  • Knowledgeable about the skills and tactics of the sport. 
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
  • Proficiency in basic data management systems, Front Rush, game film editing programs and basic computer applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
  • Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train or bus) domestically and internationally as needed. 
  • Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings and other non-traditional schedules.
  • Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier small liberal arts college.
  • Current CPR & First Aid certification.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community.
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