Bates College – Head Women’s Tennis Coach


Position Purpose:

The Head Women’s Tennis Coach is a 12-month position working in the Department of Athletics.  This position is responsible for supporting and coordinating all aspects of the women’s tennis team, providing significant contributions to the development of student athletes through mentorship, guidance, leadership opportunities, community building, and a commitment to social justice. This position is also responsible for the administration of all phases of varsity intercollegiate athletics with guidelines from Bates College, the NCAA, and NESCAC including, compliance, scheduling competitions, travel planning, data management, practice scheduling, and roster management.  The Head Women’s Tennis Coach serves as an active and visible campus presence, serving on committees, holding day-time office hours, meeting recruits, and engaging with students outside of the Department of Athletics. The Head Women’s Tennis Coach will have significant night and weekend commitments.  The Head Women’s Tennis Coach reports to a member of the senior athletics management team.

Job Duties:

Coaching Responsibilities (75%)

  • Provide leadership, supervision, and development for the women’s tennis team to support student athletes in the areas of athletic competition skills, conditioning, personal development and professional growth
  • Attend and serve as head coach at all scheduled team practices, competitions, and additional team functions/events
  • Motivate students and staff to participate in an atmosphere of sportsmanship, professionalism, and respect among student athletes, coaches, and other intercollegiate athletic teams
  • Provide training necessary through skills and conditioning to enable students to compete safely and competitively
  • Develop a comprehensive and systematic recruitment plan with a focus on recruiting and retaining highly qualified student athletes
  • Working in collaboration with Admission, identify and recruit highly motivated student athletes in accordance with Bates College, NESCAC, and NCAA regulations in order to enhance team success both athletically and academically
  • Have an awareness of the lifestyle of student athletes in a highly competitive academic and athletic environment at a DIII institution
  • Demonstrate interest in the academic progress, work, and achievement of student athletes
  • Nominate student athletes for awards and recognition within sport membership organizations and the Department of Athletics, as deserving 
  • Serve as a caring, empathetic, and engaged advisor and mentor to student athletes, having a knowledge of campus resources to refer student athletes when necessary
  • Hold student athletes accountable for team expectations and ensure student athlete adherence to the Student Athlete Code of Conduct
  • Develop a strategy for a team social media presence across platforms for the publicity, promotion, and recognition of the team
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with parents, alumni, and the community, adhering to professionalism
  • Engage in professional development with an eye towards gaining new knowledge in the realm of current best practices, successful coaching pedagogy, training/skill development, and risk management
  • Schedule and conduct regular practice sessions adhering to governing bodies such as Bates College, the NCAA, and NESCAC
  • Maintain familiarity with all rules and regulations required by governing bodies for compliance including completing the NCAA rules test annually
  • Manage and remain accountable for expense control, administration of the team budget, and projected fiscal year needs
  • Collaborate with appropriate departmental personnel for all travel, lodging, scheduling, compliance, and competition related administrative duties
  • Collaborate with athletic training personnel regarding student athlete health and safety including, medical clearances, injury prevention, and rehabilitation of student athletes
  • Respond to student academic concerns as identified in “Bates Reach” in Collaboration with faculty and student affairs, especially coursework due to team travel or competition
  • Coordinate team fundraising efforts in partnership with Advancement in order to augment resources for value added programming: enhanced skill training, leadership development, team cohesion exercises, etc.
  • Participate in external events that benefit the Department of Athletics initiatives as assigned by the Director of Athletics and the College
  • Utilizing departmental software such as “Banner,” “Front Rush,” and “Bates Reach” for appropriate tasks
  • Attend all athletics department meetings
  • Serve as game manager for home athletic contests as assigned and possible site management for campus partners or outside vendors
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervision (5%)

  • Coordinate all searches for qualified assistant coaches with the approval of the Director of Athletics
  • Prepare agendas, structure, and guidelines for coaching staff meetings
  • Delegate administrative responsibilities appropriately among staff reporting to head coach
  • Administer annual performance evaluations for all staff reporting to head coach
  • Support professional development and success of assistant coaches reporting to head coach

Second Assignment and Campus Collaboration (20%)

  • Take ownership of a shared process or program within the Department of Athletics (Second Assignment)
  • Engage with the Bates community through serving on committees and fostering an environment that supports an active lifestyle for all students
  • Participate in and encourage student-athletes to engage in leadership opportunities within the Bates community, providing benefits to the campus and Lewiston/Auburn area
  • Support the mission of the Department of Athletics and Physical Education
  • Instruct a class for PE credit as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Master’s degree preferred.


  • Experience coaching a successful intercollegiate athletics program or equivalent experience required.
  • Experience successfully recruiting student-athletes preferred.
  • Fundamental understanding of sport skills, training, and strategies for high-level competition required.
  • Commitment to supporting students from underrepresented groups, including students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first-generation-to-college students, and low-income students.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Commitment to equity and inclusion, and serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse community.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships with clientele such as students, staff, faculty and co-workers.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information.
  • Excellent communication (written, verbal & listening) skills. 
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organizational skills for successful documentation, planning and execution.
  • Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer software (e.g., Microsoft Word and Excel, Power Point, WordPress [website], Google docs, email and calendaring.)
  • 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff.  Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations.  All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.

Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to Gwen Lexow, Title IX Officer, 207-786-6445 or via email at [email protected].

About Bates:

Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.

Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550 staff.

The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second-largest urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.

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