Austin Peay State University Head Football Coach

Austin Peay State University, located in Clarksville, TN, invites nominations and applications for the position of Head Football Coach.

The Head Football Coach is responsible for the management and administration of all phases of the varsity intercollegiate football program and team, within the guidelines, rules and regulations of the University, Conference and the NCAA.


Austin Peay State University is a vibrant, growing university, located on a beautiful campus close to downtown Clarksville and the Cumberland River. Clarksville, Tennessee, is the state’s fifth largest and youngest city. Named the Best Place to Live by Money magazine in 2019, Clarksville, is also just 45 minutes away from Nashville. The university is named after former Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, a Clarksville native. Austin Peay is classified as a Master’s Large institution by the Carnegie Foundation and offers doctoral, graduate, bachelor’s, and associate programs, with many programs offered fully online. Nearly 9,900 undergraduate students and nearly 1,100 graduate students were enrolled prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Essential Functions:

  • Recruit, mentor, and develop student-athletes in all areas.
  • The development and organization of team practices.
  • The recruiting, hiring and management of assistant coaches and support staff, including conducting annual evaluations of each staff member.
  • Attendance and participation at Departmental and Compliance Meetings as scheduled.
  • Development and organization of team meetings and meetings with assistant coaches.
  • Coordinates team travel logistics and itinerary with assistant coaches, support staff, and Departmental personnel as necessary.
  • Represents the University in compliance with NCAA policy in the recruitment of student-athletes.
  • Represents the University in compliance with NCAA policy and consistent Departmental resources in the recommendation of athletic scholarships to prospective student-athletes.
  • Collaborate with academic staff to promote a culture of academic success and individual achievement for student-athletes.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the Football program engaging with internal and external constituents such as media, donors, campus partners, student body, letter winners, alumni, sponsors, etc.
  • Coordinates with the appropriate administrators for the following:
    • Recruitment and hiring of assistant coaches and support staff.
    • Development and allocation of budget.
    • Fundraising towards the achievement of program goals.
    • Scheduling of opponents.
    • Awarding of athletic scholarships.
    • Matters pertaining to eligibility.
    • Facility and equipment (also in collaboration with the appropriate equipment manager)
    • Recommendation of purchases of equipment.
    • Athletic training for maintenance and rehabilitation (in collaboration with athletic training staff).
    • Strength and conditioning training (in collaboration with strength staff).
    • Student-athlete mental health and wellness (in collaboration with wellness staff and athletic training staff)

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and work with student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, athletic administration, faculty, and other stakeholders.
  • A demonstrated commitment to high academic standards for student-athletes and their ability to succeed both academically and athletically.
  • A demonstrated commitment to building a positive team culture.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and lead student-athletes toward competitive excellence and academic success and personal growth and development.
  • Ability to manage budgeting, scheduling, coaching, recruiting, evaluating, and purchasing and caring for equipment.
  • Ability to implement policies and guidelines for all Football personnel and student-athletes.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated problem solving, strong leadership, and team-building skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle and prioritize diverse tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage stakeholders on social media.
  • Must be able to work a highly variable schedule including nights and weekends.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations. Ability to pass the NCAA recruiting exam is required.
  • Connections and a strong ability to recruit locally is preferred.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of four years of coaching experience.
  • Demonstrated experience as a Football coach at the Division I, II, or III collegiate level.
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting student-athletes.
  • Demonstrated experience managing administrative tasks related to the operation of college level team sports. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

APPLICATIONS: The position will remain open until filled; however, for best consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, resume, and any additional materials electronically on this page by December 11, 2023. Nominations for the position and questions concerning the job requirements or hiring process should be directed to

Austin Peay State University (APSU) does not discriminate against students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected class with respect to all employment, programs and activities sponsored by APSU. Inquiries or complaints regarding the non-discrimination policies, including Title IX complaints, should be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Title IX complaints may also be directed to the EEO Compliance Officer and Investigator.

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