Centre College, founded in 1819, offers its students a world of opportunities, highlighted by the nation’s #3 ranked study abroad program, ranked #46 by US News of national liberal arts colleges, ranked in 2019 by Forbes as the “Best College in Kentucky,” and recently tabbed as one of the top 100 colleges in the nation for sports lovers, coming in at #47 (across all NCAA Divisions) for student-athlete experience according to Money magazine and Sports Illustrated. Located on 152-acres in Danville, Ky., the heart of the Bluegrass Region of Central Kentucky, Centre is a proud member of the NCAA Division III, a founding member of the Southern Athletic Association, and recent back-to-back winner of the SAA’s Commissioners Cup.
The Head Cheer and Stunt Coach provides leadership in all coaching, recruiting, and administrative duties for a competitive cheer and stunt program. Individual reports to the Associate Director of Athletics / SWA. The individual will also serve as the Marketing Coordinator for the department, working as a member of the External Relations team, and serve as the advisor to the dance team.
Essential Job Functions:
• Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people;
• Organize, prepare, and conduct practices, trainings, and competitions;
• Successfully recruit student-athletes in accordance with all Centre College, Southern Athletic Association, and NCAA rules and regulations, and mindful of the College’s core values of diversity and inclusion;
• Lead, monitor, and coordinate training and practice sessions, ensuring all appropriate safety guidelines are followed;
• Responsibility for program budget to include travel, equipment, and recruiting expenses;
• Directing all aspects of the team;
• Lead the holistic development of cheer and stunt student-athletes;
• Represent the program and the College to students, parents, community, alumni, and the general public;
• Manage the daily operations and administration facets of the cheer and stunt program;
• Establish team standards, expectations, values, and culture that align with the athletic department and the College;
• Attend continuing education to stay up to date on safety, skills, and technique;
• Build, and ultimately, maintain a roster of recruited student-athletes;
• Work with strength and conditioning staff to create training programs in order to maintain appropriate preparedness to meet the demands of the sport;
• Work with athletic training staff to ensure emergency procedures are followed and posted, and all appropriate protocol is followed;
• Ensure team members receive proper training before attempting gymnastics or partnered stunts;
• Utilize a qualified system demonstrating mastery of stunts;
• Work in conjunction with members of the athletic administration and support staff in regard to staffing needs, strategic budgeting, facility needs and enhancements, fundraising, alumni development, and program promotion;
• Make appropriate recommendations to athletic administration in regard to maintenance concerns and enhancement needs for facilities;
• Working with the department’s External Relations team, lead marketing efforts for Centre Athletics;
• Initiate new endeavors that will raise the level of awareness of Centre Athletics within our campus, and community;
• Initiate and coordinate an increased level of community outreach endeavors;
• Serve as advisor for the dance team;
• Actively participate in department-wide initiatives;
• Appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds.
• Other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics;
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree with previous cheer experience as a coach or participant is required. CPR, AED, and First-Aid certifications will be required prior to first practice date. Relevant certifications for cheer and stunt.
Knowledge and Skills:
Demonstrated knowledge and coaching skills of the sport of cheer and stunt; a commitment to the Division III philosophy; a commitment to diversity and the ability to work effectively with diverse populations; knowledge of NCAA, UCA/NCA and SAA rules; and a demonstrated ability to recruit, retain, and mentor student-athletes are essential. Additional qualifications include communication skills that allow for the ability to teach, motivate, and counsel student-athletes effectively as well as being self-motivated, positive, energetic, eager to teach, and a willingness to travel. Ability to foster a team environment as well as the ability and desire to work successfully within a team-oriented athletic department is essential.
Lifting, pulling, pushing and moving of objects not to exceed 20 lbs.
Periods of prolonged standing.
Periods of prolonged sitting.
Noise levels associated with intercollegiate athletics.
Mobility on campus necessary.
CPR, AED and First-Aid certifications will be required prior to first practice date. Relevant certifications for cheer and stunt.
Centre College is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. Centre strives to create an environment where differences are celebrated rather than discouraged, where the individuals have the opportunity to exchange ideas and share in the richness of mutual experiences. Please view the Statement of Community. For information concerning the college, visit our web site at www.centre.edu
Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Educational Assistance
Screening Requirements: Motor Vehicle, Criminal Background Check, Social Security & Sex Offender traces
This job reports to the Associate Director of Athletics / SWA
This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift, Nights and weekends around regularly scheduled athletic events..
Travel is required frequently
Number of Openings for this position: 1