Head Varsity Sailing Coach

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Work type: Staff (Full-Time)
Location: Winter Park, FL
Categories: Athletics
Division: President

Position Summary:

This is a full-time, 12-month position reporting to the Director of Athletics. The Head Varsity Sailing Coach is responsible for all phases of coaching the sailing program including: administrative duties, recruiting, budget management including the purchasing, caring for and keeping an inventory of all equipment, hiring and supervising assistant coaches. Additional duties include program management, fundraising, planning and scheduling practices, games, transportation, meals and public relations. The anticipated start date is January 2018.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Teach and track the skills of competitive sailing from the basic fundamentals to the mental aspects necessary for success.
  • Teach sailing/canoeing classes as assigned by Director of Athletics.
  • Continue to improve knowledge of sport, rules and regulations through conventions, clinics, seminars and self-education.
  • Counsel all sailing student-athletes regarding academics and socio-personal relationships. Instill positive values that will be helpful in their growth and development as well as stressing the importance of academics and other lessons of life.
  • Manage the boathouse rental program for watercraft rentals to students.
  • Responsible for minor repairs and upkeep of the sailing fleet, work boats and boathouse within scope and expertise; work with facilities management and Athletic Director to coordinate other maintenance issues.
  • Responsible for working with the Admissions Department in recruiting quality student-athletes who can contribute to a competitive varsity program. Recruiting will be in strict compliance with the rules and regulations of the Inter Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA), South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (SAISA) and College rules and regulations.
  • Administer in coordination with the Senior Program and Operations Coordinator running the program within the budgetary guidelines set forth by the Athletic Director (A.D.) and the Finance Department.
  • Collaborate with the Athletic Communications liaison in making information available in a timely fashion and in promoting the sailing program.
  • Create schedule for intercollegiate competition and tournaments while minimizing missed class time.
  • Collaborate with the Office/Travel coordinator in organizing all travel arrangements.
  • Organize training and preparation for coaching in practices and games as well as equipment and apparel.
  • Promote the physical and mental well-being of all program participants.
  • Collaborate with Counseling and Psychological Services and/or Student Success regarding student-athletes socio-personal relationships; and academics.
  • Maintain communication and cooperate with the sports medicine staff regarding prevention of injuries, rehabilitation and the players' health.
  • Order, care for and inventory all equipment.
  • File eligibility and Rollins/ICSA/SAISA forms in a timely fashion.
  • Plan, coordinate and supervise an annual fundraising effort in collaboration with Development.
  • Serve as a good role model for the student-athletes and as a representative of the college.
  • Promote the sailing program and its participants through the media, speaking engagements, Anchor Club functions, high school coaches and programs like Alumni Weekend and an alumni competition.
  • Work closely with Rollins alumni and Anchor Club including attendance at all Anchor Club functions.
  • Serve in any capacity as called upon by the A.D. such as participating in department functions/meetings, game management, hospitality room management, etc.
  • Performing other related responsibilities as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • A bachelor's degree is required; master's degree preferred.
  • Three to five years of related coaching experience is preferred.
  • Boater Safety Certificate required.
  • A proven record of integrity, moral principle and demonstrated skill in developing a motivating student-athletes academically and athletically.
  • A valid FL driver's license with an acceptable motor vehicle report.
  • Must have significant knowledge of and demonstrated success in coaching sailing, recruitment and retention of student-athletes, and excellent teaching and motivation skills, preferably at the collegiate level.
  • Level 3 US Sailing Coach preferred.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work effectively in the environment of an academically demanding liberal arts institution and abide by all NCAA Division II, ICSA, SAISA and institutional policies.
  • Must be knowledgeable and follow the institution's sports medicine guidelines.
  • Must be able to maintain open communication with the athletic trainer and team physician and protect the safety and well-being of their athletes through proper conditioning, skills training and game conduct.
  • Must be currently certified in CPR, AED and first aid as required by the NCAA.
  • Must be able to work in a very fast paced and high-energy work environment.
  • Must be able to work many nights and weekends during the sport's season.
  • Must be flexible to ever changing schedule needs associated with sharing practice facilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please submit an application and upload the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume

Screening of applications will begin immediately. Preference will be given to applicants who apply before September 1, 2017.

Rollins offers a generous benefits package featuring comprehensive health insurance coverage, generous paid time off, retirement savings plan with generous employer contribution, full tuition waiver after one year for employees, spouses, domestic partners and dependents.

Our Values:


Rollins seeks to foster and to model a campus environment that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive to all of our administrators, faculty, staff, and students. We view differences (e.g. nationality, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, physical ability, learning styles, perspectives, etc.) not as obstacles to be overcome but as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth.

Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply. Rollins does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law, in its educational programs and activities. 

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