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Head Coach at St. Francis High School

The Head Coach position is responsible for providing leadership and guidance to student athletes and assistant coaches within the program.  The Head Coach will instruct athletes in fundamental skills, mental skills, strategy and physical training necessary for them to realize a degree of individual and team success.  At the same time, the student shall receive instruction that will lead to the formulation of moral values, pride of accomplishment, acceptable social behavior, self-discipline, and self-confidence.  The Head Coach reports to and works closely with the Activities Director to determine goals and direction of the program. The Head Coach is responsible for the health, safety and welfare of every student athlete participating in their program for St. Francis High School.  The success of athletic/activity programs has a strong influence on the community’s image of the entire school system.  The public exposure is a considerable responsibility and community/parent pressure for winning is taxing, but must not override the objectives of good sportsmanship, good mental health, or our purpose in educational based activities.

Preferred:

Five years coaching experience at the Varsity level or playing at the Collegiate or Varsity level

MN coaching certificate or MSHSL/NFICEP completion

Head Coaches must show competency in the following:

* Proven experience in teaching and modeling character and responsible behavior

* Positive, high energy, and committed

* Partners well with parents, staff, community leaders etc.

* View success not just as winning, but as helping team members to reach goals

* Must have substantial knowledge of the technical aspects of the sport and at the same time must continue to examine new theories and procedures pertinent to the field.  Always strives to improve knowledge base and skills by attending clinics.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Coordinate the training, instruction, conditioning, and selection of athletes at all levels within the program.
  • Establishes the fundamental philosophy, skills, and techniques to be taught by staff. Designs conferences, clinics, and staff meetings to insure staff awareness of the overall program.
  • Delegates specific duties, supervises implementation, and at season’s end, analyzes staff effectiveness and evaluates all assistants.
  • Verifies that all athletes have all forms and obligations cleared through the activities office before athletes are allowed to practice.
  • Advises the Activities Director and recommends policy, method, or procedural changes.
  • Assists the Activities Director in hiring qualified staff as assistant coaches.
  • Coordinates the activities and responsibilities of assistant coaches.
  • Active member of the Minnesota Coaches Association. Active would be defined as nominating athletes for all eligible awards, during and post-season.
  • Develops and organizes effective practices for athletes that teach skills and strategies needed to compete in our conference and MSHSL post-season play.
  • Works with the SFHS Activites Director to develop a schedule for practices (early/late every other week) and games during the season. This includes working and communicating throughout the season to make sure all athletes are aware of practice times and schedules.
  • Demonstrates and generates among your staff and players an attitude of good sportsmanship and fair play by adhering to the Coach’s Code of Ethics and our conference Sportsmanship Guidelines.
  • Knows and administers the policies, procedures, and guidelines set forth in our conference and MSHSL policy publications, and to supervise assistant coaches in carrying out the same guidelines set forth by St. Francis High School.
  • Adheres to the start and end dates of the season and rules pertaining to out-of season coaching as determined by the MSHSL.
  • Creates a sport handbook and team expectations informing all team members (before the season begins) of team rules, expectations, and letter requirements.
  • Provides for the health, safety, and well being of team members at practices, games, and transportation to and from games. This includes oversight of the locker room before and after events to make sure the locker room is in order and all athletes have rides home.
  • Affects a proper relationship with athletes, parents, school staff, and the media, publicizing your team on a regular basis. This includes an effective relationship with your supporting booster club(s).
  • Works with the Activities Director in determining what equipment/uniform needs are for your sport and how these items may be procured.
  • Responsible for monitoring record keeping of the student activity account and the appropriate use of such funds.
  • Works with the leadership of the booster club to help facilitate the betterment of the program
  • Distributes and collects equipment on a timely basis, informing athletes of their responsibility for the use and return of athletic equipment/uniforms. It is the coach’s responsibility to collect all equipment that has been issued.
  • Attends or completes a rules interpretation meeting each year sponsored by the MSHSL and to attend all conference meetings.
  • Orders team transportation through the Activities Department.
  • Arranges for a post season gathering and inform the athletic administrative assistant of letter awards/certificates needed.
  • Arranges and runs the summer programs through the Community Education office at SFHS. This includes a summer program for the high school athletes, youth athletes, and coordinating summer tournaments or league play as well for our high school athletes.
  • Completes a post season report with necessary information as stated by Activities Director
  • Communicates with post secondary institutions about future opportunities for  athletes to continue their careers and to counsel athletes on recruiting.
  • Works with youth booster groups and community education to promote and encourage a positive feeder program.
  • Understands the proper administrative line of command and authority and refers all student and parental requests or grievances through the proper channels. Utilizes the conflict resolution protocol approved by the activities department.
  • Avoids criticizing, admonishing, or arguing with an assistant coach or any staff member within ears or eyes of a player or parent.
  • Provides information to local news media.
  • Insures that athletes are not left unsupervised in practice areas, locker rooms, or weight training areas.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Activities Director

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Assistant Coach at St. Francis High School

The assistant position is responsible for providing leadership and guidance to student athletes within the program. The assistant coach reports to and works closely with the Head Coach along with other assistant coaches to determine goals and direction of the program. The assistant coach is responsible for the health, safety and welfare of every student athlete participating on their team for St. Francis High School.

Preferred:

Coaching experience at a middle or high school level.  Experience could also be extensive work with developmental programs.

MN coaching certificate or MSHSL/ National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Education Program completion

Good Basic knowledge of the sport

Successful candidates must also show competency in the following:

* Proven experience in teaching and modeling character and responsible behavior

* Positive, high energy, and committed

* Partners well with parents, staff, community leaders etc.

* View success not just as winning, but as helping team members to reach goals

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Coordinate the training, instruction, and conditioning of athletes with head and assistant coaches.
  • Follows and meets all expectations set forth by St. Francis Public Schools regarding the position of an assistant coach.
  • Communicates with head coach regarding team questions and concerns.
  • Member of the MSHCA.
  • Develops and organizes effective practices for athletes that teach skills needed to compete in our conference.
  • Supervises athletes and teams assigned to him/her and assumes supervising control over all athletes in the program when such control is needed.
  • Demonstrates and generates among your staff and players an attitude of good sportsmanship and fair play by adhering to the Coach’s Code of Ethics and our conference Sportsmanship Guidelines.
  • Adheres to the start and end dates of the season and rules pertaining to out of season coaching as determined by the MSHSL.
  • Provides for the health, safety, and well-being of team members at practices, contests, and transportation to and from games. This includes oversight of the locker room if applicable.
  • Affects a proper relationship with athletes and parents.
  • Secures all doors, windows, locks, and checks lights before leaving any area used.
  • Works within the basic framework and philosophy of the head coach.
  • Helps in planning and implementation of both in-season and out-of-season conditioning and weight programs.
  • Avoids criticizing, admonishing, or arguing with the head coach or any staff member within ears and eyes of players and parents.
  • Assist head coach with the distribution and collection of equipment on a timely basis, informing athletes of their responsibility for the use and return of athletic equipment/uniforms. It is the coach’s responsibility to collect all equipment/uniforms that has been issued.
  • Assists in arranging for a post season gathering and inform the athletic administrative assistant of certificates needed.
  • Completes a post season report with necessary information as stated by Activities Director and head coach.
  • Actively recruits at the Middle School and High School level.
  • Participate in district Safe School Training modules for coaches.
  • Participate in MSHSL safety training for coaches.
  • Represent their program in a positive manner throughout the school and community
  • Other duties as assigned by the Activities Director

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Volunteer Coach at St. Francis High School

Volunteer coaches may be used but must be contracted and approved through the Activities Office. Volunteers are not permitted to coach participants unless under the supervision of a paid coach.  They are not permitted to take athletes to competitions on their own.  During the off-season they are not allowed to coach our athletes.  The can coach in the summer if they complete the summer coaching waiver.  All volunteers must complete a background check and complete all of the Continuing Education requirements on the Coaches Clipboard site on the MSHSL website.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Coordinate the training, instruction, and conditioning of athletes under the direction of a head or assistant coach.
  • Insures that athletes are not left unsupervised in practice areas, locker rooms, or weight training areas.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Activities Director
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