Assistant Football Coach, Defensive Coordinator

  • McDaniel College
  • 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157
  • Mar 09, 2020
Full time   Athletics & Coaching

Job Description

Reporting to the Head Football Coach, The defensive coordinator is responsible for coordinating the defensive unit of the team, including practice and game planning, overall management and coordination of assistant coaches in each defensive position. Additional responsibilities include assisting the Head Coach in all facets of the program to develop a competitive NCAA Division III Football program within the Centennial Conference on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The Defensive Coordinator will monitor the academic progress of student athletes, work on and off campus to recruit quality student athletes, assist with strength and conditioning, provide general counseling to athletes, and assist the Head Coach in fundraising and other related special projects. Additional duties may be assigned.


  • Plan, organize and conduct all practices for the defensive unit, including daily on-field coaching and management of all practice sessions and games.
  • Organize game preparation, including film breakdown; develop game plans and scouting reports related to the offensive unit for each contest.
  • Develop an annual defensive playbook and teaching progression.
  • Supervise and evaluate all defensive assistant coaches.
  • Schedule and manage film sessions and meetings for all defensive positions.
  • Recruit qualified student athletes for successful participation.
  • Demonstrate leadership, sportsmanship, and conduct becoming of the coaching profession adhering to all college and professional sport association guidelines
  • Pass the NCAA Rules Test
  • Adhere to all applicable compliance regulations including but not limited to NCAA, ECAC, The Centennial Conference, sport rules and regulations, FERPA, etc.
  • Monitor and support the academic progress of assigned team members.
  • Accomplish other duties as assigned, including one department-wide administrative duty.


Preferred and Required Qualifications


  • Previous college-level and/or professional coaching experience required
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s preferred
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning coach preferred
  • Successful collegiate recruiting experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong, detail-oriented, organizational skills
  • Computer literacy and adaptability in all Microsoft, Hudl, Recruiting and NCAA software
  • A strong knowledge and experience working with athletes, teams and programs required
  • A self-motivated leader/worker
  • Ability and interest in sports and a willingness to work with college students.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with employees, coaching staff, student athletes, vendors, alumni and general public
  • Ability to manage and supervise staff including training, scheduling, and evaluating
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a flexible work week schedule including evenings and weekends along with overtime in busy periods during the academic year.
  • Knowledge of basic budgeting and record keeping procedures.
  • Ability to read and comprehend documents such as instructions, manuals, rulebooks, safety rules, policy standards, student time cards and memos.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence for varied groups.
  • Ability to speak effectively, present information one-to-one and in small group situations.
  • Valid driver’s license with two or less points.

 Working Conditions: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely working in an athletic complex with minimal exposure to adverse conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  

 Abilities/Physical Characteristics:

This position requires the ability to lift, pull, push, and move objects in weight up to 50lbs regularly. A large majority of the time is spent performing manual labor. Specifically, this position requires the following.

  • Ability to work in noise, heat, cold, odors, dirt, outdoor temperatures, snow.
  • Ability to repetitively push and pull objects weighing up to 50lbs without assistance while kneeling, squatting, reaching above the head, the waist, and below the knees. Must be able to bend at the knees.
  • Ability to repetitively push and pull equipment (for example, goals, hand truck, uniform bins …) containing product loads a minimum of 100 yards without assistance.
  • Ability to repetitively grasp and manipulate objects of varying size and weight requiring fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
  • Ability to repetitively lift, carry, and position objects weighing up to 50lbs without assistance.
  • Ability to exert oneself physically over sustained periods to complete job activities including walking outside to all athletics facilities and back (up to three miles/day).
  • Ability to stand a minimum of 6 hours during the workday.
  • Ability to drive a car, mini-vans or other campus vehicles.

Application Details

Completed applications must include a cover letter addressing position qualifications and related experience, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. 

McDaniel College, an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, and employment of students, faculty, and staff in the operation of any of its educational programs and activities.  McDaniel College will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment on basis of any protected status including race, religion, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, military status, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status or any other legally protected status.


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