Head Football Coach – Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb University invites nominations and applications for the position of Head Football Coach.



Gardner-Webb University, located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, invites nominations and applications for the position of Head Football Coach. In seeking to identify a new leader for the Runnin’ Bulldogs Football program, Gardner-Webb University is searching for an individual with a commitment to building and sustaining championship-caliber teams and cultivating and realizing a culture focused on winning at the highest level. The Head Football Coach reports to the Director of Athletics, administers the overall football program while providing strategic leadership, direction, and oversight. 

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.

Gardner-Webb University maintains a policy of non-discrimination. No aspect of employment will be influenced by race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, genetic information, age, or any other basis prohibited by statute.

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