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Working As A Head Coach

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • $35,090

    Average Salary

What Does A Head Coach Do At St. Lawrence University

* Recruitment of highly qualified student-athletes
* Responsible for the instruction of athletes both on and off the court and in the classroom, organization, administration, coaching and recruitment; ensuring academic success, good citizenship, sportsmanship, and promotion of positive values consistent with the mission of St.
* Lawrence University
* Program organization; including practice planning, and game preparation
* Ability to supervise, evaluate, and effectively provide direction to one graduate assistant coach
* Management of all phases of a DIII women’s tennis program
* Additional responsibilities include a secondary assignment, as well as other duties as assigned

What Does A Head Coach Do At Nike

* Responsible for all aspects of managing a single medium to large volume store
* Manage people, store operations and store environment to achieve sales, service, organization, customer satisfaction and profitability goals and maintain operational standards
* Manage financial budget including labor costs and overall expenses
* Develop strategies to maximize role of store within District (look beyond single store to district impact)
* Manage Department and Assistant Managers and develop in-store talent.
* Responsible for communication and delivery of rewards and recognition for store team
* Creates plans to address loss prevention concerns with LP
* Create succession plans, and effectively manage performance and corrective action processes in order to drive Human Resources planning

What Does A Head Coach Do At WTS International

* Hold team try-outs
* Help get sponsorships
* Interview all swim team coaches
* Answer parent email questions
* Attend monthly parent organization meetings
* Attend Mandatory Parent Meeting/New Parent Meeting
* Help pick out team swimsuit/t-shirt/spirit wear
* Attend team outfitting
* College Degree preferred.
* Minimum of one-year experience in similarly sized swim team program and related management position.
* Certified as a lifeguard, CPR, AED, and First Aid.(WSI and/or LGI certification preferred).
* Ability to lift 25 lbs.
* Excellent communication skills.
* Efficient, well organized, and able to handle a variety of duties simultaneously.
* Professional manner, discretion, and appearance.
* Excellent verbal and written skills.
* Energetic, enthusiastic and motivational.
* Effective leadership skills and a strong work ethic.
* WTS International, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer that is committed to having a diverse work force.
* Compensation: $70K
* Type: Seasonal

What Does A Head Coach Do At City Colleges of Chicago

* Recruits student-athletes for participation in intercollegiate athletics.
* Implements the District wide Athletic Department strategy focused on an Academics-first Agenda.
* Assists in assuring compliance with National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) rules and regulations for the specific sport.
* Conducts well organized practices and contests.
* Completes and maintains records and statistics for accurate, mandatory reporting to the NJCAA.
* Collaboratively prepares and manages volleyball program budget.
* Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Physical Education or a related field, supplemented by 4
* years of coaching and/or collegiate/professional playing experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
* Must be familiar with standard concepts, practices and procedures within a particular sport
* Coaching Certification preferred
* First Aid Certification preferred; Current CPR/AED Certification by the American Heart Association or the Red Cross required
* Excellent interpersonal, organizational, planning and leadership skills required
* Must be able to serve as a positive role model for young adults
* Must be familiar with NJCAA rules and regulations

What Does A Head Coach Do At University of Richmond

* Develop a sports program that challenges student-athletes to succeed individually and as a team within the structure of the Department of Athletics.
* Provide student-athletes with appropriate coaching by imparting knowledge of the game and strategies for success.
* Utilize video and other technology to provide instruction.
* Design and implement skill instruction drills for individual and team practices.
* Provide oversight (or designate an oversight) for training and team-building activities.
* Effectively recruit student-athletes that can be successful within the team system.
* Demonstrate a commitment to assisting student-athletes achieve academic success.
* Create a positive educational environment.
* Encourage student-athletes to participate in the personal growth opportunities offered by the institution and the department.
* Work with the Athletic Academic Services department as needed.
* Oversee various administrative tasks related to the operation of the program such as budget management, coordination of team travel, and reporting of recruiting activities.
* Comply with NCAA, conference, and University of Richmond regulations

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How To Become A Head Coach

Coaches and scouts typically need a bachelor’s degree. They must also have extensive knowledge of the sport. Coaches typically gain this knowledge through their own experiences playing the sport at some level. Although previous playing experience may be beneficial, it is not required for most scouting jobs.


College and professional coaches must usually have a bachelor’s degree. This degree can typically be in any subject. However, some coaches may decide to study exercise and sports science, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and fitness, physical education, and sports medicine.

High schools typically hire teachers or administrators at the school for most coaching jobs. If no suitable teacher is found, schools hire a qualified candidate from outside the school. For more information on education requirements for teachers, see the profile on high school teachers.

Scouts must also typically have a bachelor’s degree. Some scouts decide to get a degree in business, marketing, sales, or sports management.

Other Experience

College and professional coaching jobs also typically require experience playing the sport at some level.

Scouting jobs typically do not require experience playing a sport at the college or professional level, but it can be beneficial. Employers look for applicants with a passion for sports and an ability to spot young players who have exceptional athletic ability and skills.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most state high school athletic associations require coaches to be certified or at least complete mandatory education courses.

Certification often requires coaches to be a minimum age (at least 18 years old) and be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid. Some states also require coaches to attend classes related to sports safety and coaching fundamentals prior to becoming certified. For information of specific state coaching requirements, contact the state’s high school athletic association or visit the National Association of State Boards of Education.

Although most public high school coaches need to meet these state requirements in order to become a coach, certification may not be required for coaching and sports instructor jobs in private schools.

Some schools may require coaches to have a teaching license and complete a background check.

Certification requirements for college coaching positions also vary.

Additional certification may be highly desirable or even required in order to become an instructor in scuba diving, tennis, golf, karate, or other individual sports. There are many certifying organizations specific to the various sports, and their requirements vary.

Part-time workers and those in smaller facilities or youth leagues are less likely to need formal education or training and may not need certification.


To reach the ranks of professional coaches, a candidate usually needs years of coaching experience and a winning record at a college. Some coaches may not have previous coaching experience but are nevertheless hired at the professional level due to their success as an athlete in that sport.

Some college coaches begin their careers as graduate assistants or assistant coaches to gain the knowledge and experience needed to become a head coach. Large schools and colleges that compete at the highest levels require a head coach with substantial experience at another school or as an assistant coach.

Other college coaches may start out as high school coaches before moving up to the collegiate level.

Scouts may begin working as talent spotters in a particular area or region. They typically advance to become supervising scouts responsible for a whole territory or region.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Because coaches instruct, organize, and motivate athletes, they must have excellent communication skills. They must effectively communicate proper techniques, strategies, and rules of the sport so every player on the team understands.

Decisionmaking skills. Coaches must choose the appropriate players to use at a given position at a given time during a game and know the proper time to utilize game-managing tools such as timeouts. Coaches and scouts also must be very selective when recruiting players from lower levels of athletics.

Dedication. Coaches must attend daily practices and assist their team and individual athletes in improving their skills and physical conditioning. Coaches must be dedicated to their sport, as it often takes years to become successful.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to relate to athletes helps coaches and scouts foster positive relationships with their current players and recruit potential players.

Leadership skills. Coaches must demonstrate good leadership skills to get the most out of athletes. They also must be able to motivate, develop, and direct young athletes.

Resourcefulness. Coaches must find a strategy and develop a game plan that yields the best chances for winning. Coaches often need to create original plays or formations that provide a competitive advantage and confuse opponents.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

  • Czech

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Thai

  • Vietnamese

  • Greek

  • Serbian

  • Swedish

  • Hindi

  • Bosnian

  • Turkish

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Real Head Coach Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head Coach The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Sep 14, 2016 $115,000
Head Coach, Men's Golf University Athletic Association, Inc. Gainesville, FL Jul 01, 2014 $93,500
Head Coach, U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team U.S. Soccer Federation, Inc. Chicago, IL Jan 01, 2014 $90,000
Head Coach The Ross School East Hampton, NY Sep 09, 2015 $90,000
Head Coach, Women's Tennis University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Jul 16, 2016 $88,867
Head Coach University of Maryland College Park College Park, MD May 17, 2016 $75,013
Head Coach University of Maryland College Park College Park, MD May 17, 2016 $75,013
Head Coach University of Maryland College Park College Park, MD Aug 13, 2015 $75,013
Head Rugby Coach Rugby Nation, LLC Seattle, WA Sep 19, 2013 $75,000
Head Coach for Women's Ice Hockey Lindenwood Female College MO Jul 14, 2014 $75,000
Head Coach University of Maryland College Park College Park, MD Jul 21, 2014 $75,000
Head Coach Men's Soccer University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI Jan 20, 2013 $70,000
Head Coach Boston Breakers Academy, LLC Hanover, MA Sep 29, 2015 $62,500
Head Coach Boston Breakers Academy, LLC Hanover, MA Mar 21, 2016 $62,500
Head Coach University of Minnesota Duluth, MN Jun 01, 2013 $51,280
Head Coach Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH Aug 16, 2016 $51,000
Head Coach-Women's Tennis University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI Aug 15, 2013 $50,088
Head Coach-Women's Tennis Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL Aug 20, 2014 $50,004
Associate Head Coach Clemson University Clemson, SC Feb 02, 2014 $50,000
Head Coach, Women's Golf Longwood University Farmville, VA Aug 25, 2014 $50,000
Head Men's Hockey Coach Elmira College Elmira, NY May 29, 2013 $50,000
Head Coach and Director of Goalkeeping Farmington Sports Arena LLC Farmington, CT May 01, 2016 $43,220
Head Coach-Women's Volleyball University of Rochester Rochester, NY Feb 21, 2013 $43,075
Associate Head Coach University at Albany Albany, NY May 02, 2014 $42,801
Associate Head Coach University at Albany, Suny Albany, NY Jan 26, 2015 $42,801
Head Coach--Men's Soccer Bellevue University Bellevue, NE Dec 30, 2013 $42,595
Program Director and Head Coach North Suburban Instructional Aquatics, Inc. New Brighton, MN Sep 17, 2013 $42,510
Head Rugby Coach Florida Youth Rugby Union Orlando, FL Feb 01, 2014 $42,000

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Top Head Coach Skills

  1. Prospective Student-Athletes
  2. Grade Girls
  3. Varsity
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed recruiting materials and actively promoted program to prospective student-athletes
  • Trained and coached 7th and 8th grade girls on the Oconee County Middle School soccer team.
  • Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Colonial Heights High School Varsity Boys Basketball Team (2005-06)
  • Worked with assistant coaches to establish quality and effective practice plans to maximize player development.
  • Coordinated soccer program for 160 children.

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