Smith College – Graduate Assistant Coach


About The Graduate Program: Smith’s unique graduate program in Exercise and Sport Studies (ESS) is dedicated to preparing individuals to coach women’s collegiate teams. The program connects theory with practice by linking coursework with coaching experiences. Examples of graduate classes taken over the two years include: Exercise Physiology; Biomechanics of Sport; Sport Psychology; Sport Leadership for Coaches; Gender in Sport; Collegiate Recruiting; Legal Issues in Sport.

All students in the program take part in a coaching practicum, which include their responsibilities as an assistant coach. Responsibilities of coaching include, but are not limited to: recruiting, planning & directing skill development in team and individual settings, managing social media, fundraising, film breakdown, participation in organizing and leading team DEI and leadership development efforts.

The master’s program is recognized nationally for its excellence and is accredited through the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE).


Work awards and scholarships are available for individuals interested in pursuing a master’s degree with a specialization in coaching at the collegiate level. Candidates should have an undergraduate academic record of high caliber and collegiate playing experience. Past coaching experience is preferred but not required. 

Work award is dependent on the candidate: $0 – $7,000. Scholarships are available with tuition reduced to $5,000 or less a year.

The deadline for applying to the program is March 1, 2024. The position begins in the middle of August 2024 and continues through graduation in May of 2026.

To Apply

Visit our website to learn more about the masters program

If you are interested in applying to the program or want to learn more about the tennis program and the ESS program please reach out to head tennis coach Caitlyn Lawarence at [email protected]

Application Deadline: 03/01/24

Job Start: August, 2024

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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