Head Football Coach

Job | Posted 25 days ago
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Tazewell County Public Schools
Job Title: Head Varsity Football Coach
Supervisor: Principal & Athletic Director
Job Classification: Exempt

Job Summary

Position is responsible for coaching student athletes in football to prepare them for competition. Position motivates student athletes to develop an appreciation of the sport.

Essential Duties

  1. Supervises players during practices and competitions.
  2. Conducts organizational meetings for team prospects and encourages students to participate.
  3. Assesses skills and assigns team positions.
  4. Develops a regular practice schedule and organizes practice time to provide both individual and team development.
  5. Works with the athletics director in scheduling facilities for practices and competition.
  6. Coaches and instructs players, individually or in groups, regarding the rules, regulations, equipment, and techniques of the sport.
  7. Observes and evaluates players at practices and competitions to determine the needs for individual or team improvement.
  8. Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior and provides proper supervision of students at all times.
  9. Monitors the academic performance of team members to ensure that eligibility requirements are met.
  10. Follows established procedures in the event of an injury.
  11. Conferences with parents/guardians, as necessary, regarding the performance of their child.
  12. Follows state, regional, and district regulations governing the program.
  13. Models sports-like behavior and maintains appropriate conduct towards players, cheerleaders, officials, and spectators.
  14. Acts as a team representative and promotes the team by communicating with the news media, booster clubs, service clubs, and other organizations.
  15. Follows established procedures for supplies and uniforms.
  16. Works with the athletic director to develop a policy for awards and submits a list of award winners at the end of the season.

  1. Participates in special activities to include parent’s night, banquets, award nights, and pep assemblies.
  2. Maintains eligibility forms, emergency data cards, insurance records, equipment inventory, and other related records.
  3. Models nondiscriminatory practices in all activities.

Other Duties:

  1. Attends staff development meetings, clinics, and other professional activities to improve coaching performance.
  2. Performs any other related duties as assigned by the Principal & Athletic Director or other appropriate administrators.

Job Specifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities, who are otherwise qualified, to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required)

Must possess knowledge of effective coaching techniques and skills. Must possess a thorough knowledge of the rules and regulations that govern the sport, especially those adopted by the Virginia High School League (VHSL). Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school administrators, parents, and students.  Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and managerial skills.  Ability to appropriately communicate with athletes and coaches.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software. 

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in education-related field.
  • Holds or is eligible to hold Virginia Teaching license.
  • At least three years of coaching experience as a football coach at the high school or college level preferred.

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

Must have the ability to stand for extended periods of time; exhibit manual dexterity to dial a telephone, see and read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids; hear and understand speech at normal levels, outdoors and on the telephone; speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly; physical agility to lift up to 25 pounds; to bend, to stoop, to sit on the floor, to climb stairs, to walk and to reach overhead.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.
Duties and Responsibilities of Head Coaches:
• Head Coaches are expected to conduct a preseason informational meeting for prospective student-athletes and their parents.
• Date, time and place will be communicated via direct communication, postings on the marquee and with flyers, and through various types of media.
• Meetings will be scheduled in the evening hours to prevent conflicts with parent work schedules or other school related activities.
• Conduct an orientation meeting prior to the start of practice with all interested students and their parents, distribute athletic insurance information and forms, distribute physical examination forms, and address scheduled practices, expectations for team members, expectations for parents, and procedures for selecting players.
• VHSL physical examination forms and individual/group athletic insurance information will be distributed and discussed.
• Tryout dates and criteria for team membership will be discussed.
• Schedule of practices and competitions will be distributed.
• Injury risks will be discussed.
• Be aware of the short-term and long-term effects of concussions – Tazewell County School Board Policy JJAC. (Appendix M) Virginia Association of Counties Group Self-Insurance Risk Pool (VACORP) standard insurance coverage will be explained.
• Virginia High School League and VACORP catastrophic insurance coverage will be explained.
• Written expectations for participants will be distributed.
• Supervise assistant coaches and assign duties and responsibilities.
• Keep a maximum number of manageable student-athletes on roster.
• Provide written guidelines or rules of participation and selection criteria.
• Do not allow participants to practice or play in competitions until completed insurance and physical examination forms have been fully completed.
• Provide the Athletic Director with a completed team roster at least one week prior to the first scheduled contest.
• Develop daily practice schedules with dates, times, and locations indicated.
• Coaches - Prepare applicable athletic fields and indoor facilities for practice and games.
• Academic Coaches – Find necessary personnel and equipment to operate a competition or event.
• Confirm schedule and transportation needs prior to the start of a season, and weekly thereafter, with the Athletic Director.
• Assist the Athletic Director and Principals with the supervision and coordination of junior varsity and middle school interscholastic activities.
• Supervise participants from first arrival at practice until departure.
• Provide a pre-season inventory of equipment and uniforms and provisional itinerary of practice schedules to the Athletic Director.
• Maintain equipment and uniforms provided to student athletes.
• At season's end, submit a report to the Athletic Director containing district record, season record, post-season accomplishments, special honors, or awards (individual or team), postseason inventory, and budget requests for the following year.
• Teach proper and safe techniques for athletic performance, play, conditioning, and weightlifting.
• Give immediate and appropriate attention to injuries, and submit an accident report to the Principal’s office.
• Abide by the two hours and forty-five-minute practice rule unless practices cannot be conducted immediately after school when sharing facilities.
• Enforce Tazewell County School Board Policies concerning alcohol, tobacco, and drug usage.
Demand good conduct and discipline among student/athletes.
• Maintain and have available a copy of your school’s Crisis Management, Emergency Management, and Medical Response Plans.
• Make provisions for a coach to accompany an injured athlete to the emergency room, and coordinate the calling of medical personnel, parents, and administration.
• Carry copies of the student-athletes' insurance information and physical examination forms to home and away contests for emergency purposes.
• Have access to a communication device in case of an emergency.
• Professional Leave will be granted for coaches to attend mandatory VHSL events.
• Professional leave requests to attend two clinics for an applicable sport will be approved by the Principal, which includes VHSL state competitions.
• Work with guidance counselors to provide participants with information concerning applications for athletic and/or academic scholarships.
  • The VHSL Handbook requires all coaches to complete the VHSL Coaches Education Program within their first two years of employment as a coach, which includes:
    • NFHS or Human Kinetics Coaching Principles course (i.e. the Basic Course)
    • Child Abuse Training
    • CPR/AED Training
    • Concussion training (annual requirement)

This is job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The coach will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other related duties as assigned by the Principal & Athletic Director or appropriate administrator. Tazewell County Public Schools reserves the right to update, revise or change this job description and related duties at any time. Please refer to the Tazewell County Interscholastic and Activities Handbook found on the Tazewell County Public Schools website.

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Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Certificates as determined by TCPS. Ability to obtain a valid CPR/First Aid card, and coaching certification as required.

Working Conditions: Typical workdays will be Monday through Saturday. Work hours are to be determined as required.

Compensation is TCPS 2019-2020 Coaching Stipend
Application Procedure:  Apply Online
Selection Procedure:  Review of applicants, Interview Process, Selection of applicant for School Board approval, School Board approval
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Tazewell County Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


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Tazewell County Public Schools

506 Jeffersonville St , Tazewell, VA 24651

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