Head Men's Tennis Coach

Drake University

Education-Teaching/Admin | Full Time | Onsite | Des Moines

Posted: 5/9/24

Job Description

Title: Head Men's Tennis Coach - 999193

Position Number: 999193

Unit/Department: Men's Tennis

FTE: Full-time

Department Summary:

Drake University's Athletics Department competes in the Missouri Valley Conference at the NCAA Division I level. Drake men’s tennis is a member of The Summit League. They were back-to-back conference champions in 2022 and 2023. The men’s tennis program has a storied history of winning team championships and individual accolades across generations of Bulldog student-athletes.

The department culture is predicated on a common value statement known as The Bulldog Way written by coaches, staff, and student-athletes. This intentional commitment to a championship culture is led by integrity, excellence, wanting the best for and best from one another, and aspiring to greatness provides a foundation for student-athletes, coaches, and athletics staff to study, work, and play. Bulldog student-athletes thrive in the classroom and their respective field of play. Drake Athletics sport programs are considered Des Moines’ Hometown Team.

Job Summary:

Drake University is hiring a Head Coach for Men's Tennis. This position is responsible for overseeing all duties associated with the tennis program including the hiring and supervision of a full-time assistant coach.

The Head Coach will develop and execute effective practice and game plans. Coach is expected to provide feedback to student-athletes on technique and skill development while contributing to a positive academic, athletic, and social environment for all team members. This position will lead the effort to recruit, develop and retain talented student-athletes that can be successful in their academic and athletic endeavors.

The Head Coach will manage and oversee administrative duties including but not limited to: NCAA and Drake compliance processes, scholarship and operating budgets, team travel, equipment and apparel, scheduling and business paperwork. Effective and timely communication with student-athletes, coaches, staff, administrators and other relevant parties is expected.

This job requires an understanding of and compliance with the rules of the NCAA, the Missouri Valley Conference, The Summit League, and Drake University.

Learn more at: https://godrakebulldogs.com/sports/mens-tennis.


• Baccalaureate Degree, required
• 5-7 years prior coaching experience, preferred
• Prior coaching experience, preferred
• Proven ability to recruit, develop, and retain high quality student-athletes from diverse backgrounds, preferred
• Effective communication skills and ability to interact with a wide variety of constituents, preferred

Job Duties:

20% - Recruit and retain talented student-athletes who thrive in a competitive athletic and academic atmosphere at Drake - Des Moines' Hometown Team. - (Essential)

20% - Develop and implement effective practice plans while working in collaboration with athletic training and strength and conditioning for peak performance. - (Essential)

15% - Organize competitive schedules in order to compete for conference championships. - (Essential)

15% - Adhere to budget parameters, cultivate alumni relations and donor development programming. - (Essential)

15% - Provide leadership and a positive academic, athletic, and social environment to student-athletes within your program. - (Essential)

10% - Hire and supervise a full-time assistant coach. - (Essential)

5% - Operate within NCAA, Missouri Valley Conference, and Drake University compliance regulations. Perform other duties, as assigned. - (Essential)

Salary & Benefits

The salary for this position is competitive with peer schools and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

At Drake, we are proud to offer our employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents a comprehensive benefits package, which includes a wide range of core benefits, perks, and discounts. If you are exploring a job with Drake University, we invite you to spend a little time with our digital benefits guide: Drake Benefits Guide (Plan Year 2024).

One of our very popular policies provides a tuition waiver for Drake employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents. Drake also participates in two tuition exchange programs available to dependent children. You can learn about both the tuition waiver policy and tuition exchange programs here: Tuition Benefits.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are asked to complete the online application and attach a resume and cover letter.

All job offers are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check, satisfactory reference checks, and proof of work authorization.

Questions about the application process, working at Drake, reasonable accommodations, benefits, or additional information about Drake or Des Moines, Iowa may be directed to Drake Human Resources at jobs@drake.edu.

Review of Applications Begins:

A review of applications will begin immediately. This position will remain open until filled.

For faculty positions, selection will depend on the receipt of recommendation confirming the candidate's scholarly achievements and teaching abilities and/or on the candidate's satisfactory passing of a teaching demonstration if selected for an on-campus interview. For staff positions, selection will depend upon careful review of each applicant’s references, education, and, if applicable, experience.

About Drake:
Drake University is recognized as a top private university in the Midwest. Drake is a midsize university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an increasingly diverse student body. We are deeply committed to equity and inclusion and creating a sense of belonging for all members of the campus community—faculty, staff, and students alike. More than 900 faculty and staff are part of the Bulldog pack, a close-knit group of colleagues enthusiastic about preparing students to be global citizens and leaders, challenging assumptions. Drake University is not only an outstanding institution of higher learning, it is also a wonderful place to work. We are enthusiastically committed to welcoming new ideas and people into the fold, and to retaining and rewarding stellar employees.

All positions at Drake provide opportunities to contribute to Drake University’s core mission of creating an exceptional learning environment that prepares students of all backgrounds for meaningful lives and professional accomplishments.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Drake:
At Drake University, we don’t just accept differences—we celebrate them, we support them, and we thrive on them for the benefit of our students, our employees, and our community. Drake University is proud to support an equal opportunity, diverse, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. In fact, the celebration of diversity and inclusion are embedded in our Core Values. Learn more about our DEI commitment and efforts here.

We welcome applicants of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. If you are a member of a socially or historically underrepresented or marginalized group or you have actively demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion, we strongly encourage you to apply. If you are a member of one of the equity groups identified by applicable law, we encourage you to self-identify, where requested in our online application system.

Drake University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. If you would benefit from an accommodation at any point in the recruitment process (including using our online application process), please contact Drake Human Resources (ph: 515.271.3133; e: jobs@drake.edu) and let us know how we can assist you.

At Drake University, we highly value a diverse, inclusive workforce. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We stand firmly against discrimination including on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

Deadline to Apply 6/10/24


2507 University Avenue

Travel Required

Resume Required


Contact Person

Maureen De Armond

Deadline to Apply 6/10/24

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