Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region and our history. DU is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and empower them to make a difference around the world. Through learning, scholarship and practice, students gain the experience, knowledge, and courage they need to tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse communities and organizations.
The University of Denver has a proud athletic tradition that compliments the school’s academic endeavors. In its history, DU has won 34 national championships and enables student-athletes to compete on 18 Division 1 teams. The Pioneers pursue championships, excel academically, and represent both the University and their respective conferences to the best of their abilities.
At the Division of Athletics, we build Pioneers for Life through excellence, character, and connection. We operate with a championship mindset; and we create and foster a winning culture every day. Inspired by our location in the Rocky Mountain West, we always find a better way forward; we work with optimism, passion, grit, and integrity. We forge lasting relationships one interaction at time; and our value to the University of Denver is the degree to which we offer connection points to a broad and diverse community. That is why we are always looking ahead, and not just to the next championship or what is next in sports and wellness. We are also looking at what is next for you and how we can help you build a career of which you are proud.
The Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach will be responsible for organizing and administering all aspects of the varsity program, including coaching, recruiting, event scheduling, supervision of program personnel, fund-raising, marketing, budget management and compliance with NCAA and the Big East rules/regulations. The Head Coach will embrace and model a positive coaching philosophy and associated techniques, insisting on a culture of respect and positive communication, as well as collaboration with internal departments of the division and the university. The Head Coach will also demonstrate an on-going commitment to the principles of multiculturalism and diversity through hiring practices, training and development programming, campus collaborations, or involvement and participation in university/divisional multiculturalism and diversity projects of initiatives.
- Recruit quality student-athletes capable of pursuing a baccalaureate degree and achieving an exemplary graduation rate while managing a cost-effective and administratively efficient program
- Demonstrate excellent teaching and coaching competencies regarding sport skill instruction, motivation, and tactical strategies, while also designing a competitive schedule that maximizes student-athlete development and performance
- Provide leadership in the personal development of student-athletes by projecting a positive and professional image, including opportunities for social, emotional, and academic development that align with the University’s 4-D educational model
- Initiate and participate in public relations, marketing, and fundraising activities to advance the University’s and Division’s reach locally as well as nationally
- Mentor, train and supervise assistant coaches with the goal of developing their coaching capabilities
- Exhibiting the highest professional standards and ethical behavior about adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and the Division of Athletics rules and regulations
- Proactively uphold the outstanding working relationships within the Division and the University
- Assuming other duties as assigned by the Vice Chancellor of Athletics & Ritchie Center Operations
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills required, including communication (direct feedback) and public relations
- In-depth understanding of the sport from the fundamental skills to advanced tactics and strategy, including the ability teach and educate Student-Athletes and coaching staff.
- Stays up to date with new research and collaborates with coaching colleagues to learn and implement best practices
- Modeling and implementing a personal and professional growth strategy for Student-Athletes and assistant coaches by learning and developing new techniques to support knowledge attainment
- The ability to display passion and positively motivate/inspire Student-Athletes and coaching staff to generate the desire to excel in academics and athletics
- Exhibiting the highest professional standards, integrity, and ethical behavior regarding NCAA, Conference,
- University, and Division of Athletics rules and regulations
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable to an ever-evolving athletic landscape
- Bachelor's degree
- Successful coaching experience
- Successful recruiting of Student-Athletes committed to academic and athletic excellence
- Master's degree
- Collegiate head coaching experience
- Standard office environment.
- Noise and stress level is moderate to high and fluctuates through the season.
- Possible outdoor work in all types of weather.
- Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 50 lbs. with assistance. Some manual labor is required.
- Position involves both inside sedentary work and work on different fields and on other fitness environments while coaching and training situations with student-athletes.
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on March 28, 2023.
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UG.
The salary range for this position is $150,000 - $200,000.
The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.
The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.
Please include the following documents with your application:
2. Cover Letter
The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.
All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.