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Head Cross-Country and Assistant Track Coach

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Work type: Academic Staff - 12 Month Renewable
Location: Platteville
Categories: Athletics

Position Summary:

The  Head Cross-Country and Assistant Track Coach is responsible for the overall organization, administration, and development of both the men’s and women’s cross country, as well as help with these aspects of the indoor and outdoor track programs. The Coach will perform all duties necessary to develop competitive, representative and successful Division III programs. The Coach will provide leadership and guidance and create an environment where student-athletes are challenged, supported, and can experience success while growing as individuals. The Coach will collaborate with the sports medicine and sports performance staff and work intentionally to develop a strong working relationship among the peer programs, including staff, to create an environment that promotes an exceptional student-athlete experience.

This position has a salary of $44,000 and is paid leave and benefits eligible. 


  • Develop an effective recruitment program that attracts talented student-athletes within the guidelines of NCAA/WIAC rules and regulation
  • Recruit, retain, and support student-athletes
  • Plan and direct all practice sessions for men’s and women’s cross country
  • Effectively prepare team members for intercollegiate competition
  • Coach the cross country teams and all team members at all meets, home and away for both Cross Country and Track and Field
  • Accompany and supervise the teams on the bus/van to all away contests
  • Communicate travel information to team member in advance
  • Support all departmental/institutional initiatives with involvement and attendance
  • Adhere to departmental, institutional, WIAC and NCAA guidelines
  • Effectively coordinate and communicate with the compliance officer
  • Monitor and support the academic progress of all student-athletes
  • Coordinate with the Sports Information staff for the reporting and dissemination of information including contest and event results and special stories
  • Promote academic and athletic success, good sportsmanship, appropriate conduct, responsibility and project a positive image for the University, the department, program and team members.
  • Assist with and attend department sponsored special events as requested
  • Provide coverage at conference and postseason tournaments and special events
  • Serve on University and/or conference committees
  • Perform game and event management responsibilities as assigned to Cross Country team
  • Represent the department at state, regional and national conferences
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by the athletic director
  • Engage in public service, community service and outreach activities
  • Assist in the care and maintenance of sport specific equipment and facilities
  • Communicate with alumni and develop friends of the program
  • Offer clinics and workshops to promote the department and University.
  • Hold membership in appropriate state, regional and national organizations
  • Assume an active role in related professional organizations
  • Engage in professional development activities
  • Offer camps, clinics, presentations and workshops to promote University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • Become active in community programs
  • Represent the department at state, regional and national conferences when appropriate 

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Master's degree in a Health or Human Performance related field
  • Minimum two (2) years coaching experience on the collegiate level or high school level
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of computer applications for recruiting (Front Rush)
  • Organizational skills
  • Event planning and camp experience
  • Fundraising experience
  • Demonstrated recruiting ability
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to work weekends & evenings and also to travel

Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). Check us out at

Campus Information: 

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal, applications due by: January 2, 2023. Applications will be reviewed until position has been filled. 

How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
  • A current resume
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
  • Additional documents as needed

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. Sexual harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated. Co-workers and supervisors may not retaliate against any employee, student, or job applicant because he or she filed a complaint, assisted in an investigation or participated in any proceeding alleging discrimination on the foregoing basis.

The University ensures physical accessibility to work environments for persons with disabilities and will provided reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment. Upon request, the University will provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices. The University is committed to a program of affirmative action for women, racial minorities, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. While the Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the success of the program, university administrators and supervisors are responsible and accountable for implementation. Authority for monitoring the program is delegated to Human Resources.

Each individual associated with the University is called upon to pledge a new and revitalized commitment to build and maintain a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination, an environment that fosters mutual respect, recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, and promotes to the fullest, equal employment opportunity through affirmative action.

In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Annual Security & Annual Fire Safety Report is available for review. Call the UW-Platteville Campus Police Office at 608.342.1584 for a paper copy of the annual report.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

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