UIS is a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and NCAA Division II sponsoring 17 intercollegiate sports. UIS Athletics operates out of the 16.2 million dollar Recreation and Athletic Center, built in 2008. UIS is located in Springfield, Illinois, which is the capital city of the State of Illinois and has a population of approximately 115,000. Springfield is located in central Illinois approximately 3 hours south of Chicago and 1 1/2 hours northeast of St. Louis, Missouri. University of Illinois Springfield is a campus of the world-class University of Illinois, offering innovative, high-quality liberal arts & sciences education, professional programs at undergraduate and graduate levels, and an extensive array of internships and opportunities to engage in the local community and in state government. The learning environment is intellectually rich, with an emphasis on undergraduate research, and class sizes that foster student-faculty collaboration. UIS provides students in government and public service majors with extraordinary opportunities to develop leadership skills through study and work in the living laboratory that is Illinois state government. UIS is also a national leader in the delivery of online education, and its College of Business & Management is accredited by AACSB. UIS ranked the fourth best public university in the Midwest Regional category and the top public regional university in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report in 2020.
The primary function of this position is to serve as the head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams at the University of Illinois Springfield responsible for the management, development, and implementation of all aspects of and NCAA Division II intercollegiate tennis teams, including budgeting, planning, organizing and scheduling, recruitment, skill instruction, academic support, and practice and tournament preparation.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 17, 2020
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Development of a competitive intercollegiate men’s and women’s tennis teams within a manner consistent with the philosophy, objectives, and guidelines of NCAA Division II, the Great Lakes Valley Conference and UIS.
- Management, development, and implementation of all aspects of NCAA DII intercollegiate men’s and women’s tennis program including but not limited to budgeting, planning, organizing and scheduling, recruitment, skill instruction, and game plan development.
- Recruitment of highly successful student-athletes who are both physically and academically talented and who strive to graduate from UIS.
- Fundraising, marketing, and promoting men’s and women’s tennis and intercollegiate athletics at UIS.
- Monitoring academic performance and progress of men’s and women’s tennis student-athletes.
- Demonstration of compliance with all NCAA Division II and Great Lakes Valley Conference rules; including submission of all compliance forms, adherence to all compliance policies and procedures, and attendance of mandatory NCAA rules education sessions. Coaches will be held accountable for all NCAA Division II rules compliance, and compliance will be part of the yearly evaluation. Repeated secondary violations and/or a major violation will be considered grounds for immediate termination of employment within the Intercollegiate Athletic Department at the University of Illinois Springfield.
- Attend Athletic Department meetings as scheduled during the year.
- Hold office hours in the Athletic Office in the Recreation and Athletic Center.
- Coordinate tennis tournaments and camps in an effort to increase local and regional exposure of UIS and UIS tennis.
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years’ coaching experience. Desired qualifications include demonstrated ability in skill instruction, practice and game plan development, academic monitoring and personal development of student-athletes, fundraising and public relations, general administrative skills including budgeting and scheduling, strong leadership skills, and knowledge and commitment to NCAA DII rules compliance. Preferences will be given to candidates with advanced degrees, a tenure of successful collegiate coaching experience with a proven record of recruiting talented and academically qualified student athletes.
Application Instructions: Select the “Apply for Position” button at the bottom of this posting, complete the required forms to apply and upload your letter of application, resume, and the names, email addresses and phone numbers of three professional references by April 17, 2020. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.