Hobart and William Smith College Seeks Alpine Head Coach

FasterSkierOctober 5, 2021


Geneva, NY



The Head Alpine Ski Coach is responsible for the development, organization and management of a collegiate men’s and women’s skiing program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In the fall of 2022, the programs will be in their first varsity intercollegiate season. HWS has had a long-standing, successful ski club. The responsibilities of the position include teaching and coaching student-athletes for successful competition; monitoring and supporting student-athletes’ academic success; recruiting; civic engagement; planning and managing budgets and schedules; fundraising; and developing positive alumnae and parent relations. The Department of Athletics is committed to maximizing the potential of student-athletes in a learning environment that values and enhances teamwork, competitiveness, respect, discipline, leadership and personal responsibility. HWS coaches are expected to utilize an ethical approach to training, competing, mentoring and recruiting. This is a full-time, 10-month, benefits-eligible administrative position. This position description is not all-inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.


Coaching Responsibilities:

Teaching and Coaching:

  • maintain an exemplary standard of conduct, which reflects the highest level of professionalism and good judgment
  • provide a teaching and learning environment that is nurturing, intellectual and supportive of individual differences
  • develop strategies and techniques for all phases of the sport to best prepare the team for competitive situations
  • prepare, implement and evaluate practice and race plans that are effective for the sport and congruent with team/individual ability
  • develop and employ a team philosophy that is supportive of the educational mission of the Colleges and the athletic department
  • direct players, coaches and support staff to conduct themselves in such ways that bring credit to their team and HWS

Counseling and Advisement of Student-Athletes:

  • develop and maintain effective communication with team members
  • set high standard of ethical and moral conduct
  • reinforce academic success as a priority
  • monitor academic progress through communication with the Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics & Recreation, Associate Athletic Director/Director of Compliance and the Deans
  • encourage student-athletes to foster a positive relationship with their faculty, the deans and all support staff


  • articulate and implement a recruiting plan consistent with the Colleges’ mission
  • cultivate a recruiting network
  • maintain the department’s recruiting contact management system
  • recruit student-athletes that coincide with the academic profile of HWS students
  • maintain open communication with other HWS coaches regarding shared prospects
  • be knowledgeable about admissions and financial aid processes

Professional Development:

  • maintain active membership in professional sport organizations
  • pursue formal and informal educational opportunities
  • participate in department Napier Leadership and Peak Performance Plan seminars

Civic Engagement

  • promote the sport and HWS Athletics in area communities
  • establish and maintain a positive relationship with interested segments of the community (e.g. youth groups, civic organizations, media)

Program Management:

  • comply with institutional and departmental policies
  • be knowledgeable of and comply with all NCAA and conference rules and regulations
  • supervise, mentor, and evaluate assistant coaching staff
  • work collaboratively with other department members and HWS staff (e.g. peer coaches, support staff, athletic trainers, athletic communications, admissions, human resources)
  • develop a competitive schedule
  • establish a sport budget in collaboration with the Director of Athletics & Recreation
  • effectively manage the sport program within the budget allocation
  • responsibly manage equipment, uniforms and facilities
  • plan and oversee all sport fundraising activities
  • maintain appropriate coach-athlete relationships with players
  • develop a positive relationship with alumni, alumnae and parents of current, former and prospective student-athletes

Other duties:

  • serve on department operational teams
  • represent the department at college events on and off campus
  • represent the department on campus committees


A bachelor’s degree is required; master’s degree is preferred. A minimum of two years of demonstrated successful alpine ski coaching experience at the high school, club or collegiate level required. US Ski and Snowboard Level 200 or above certification preferred. The candidates should have proven organizational and management skills as well as a recognizable commitment to student growth and academic achievement. An overall knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations is required. The successful applicant must be a person of integrity, high ethical standards, have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and have a commitment to teamwork. Competence with technology resources and a current U.S. driver’s license are vital to fulfilling the responsibilities of this position. The candidate must be willing to work nights and weekends.

Application Instructions

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/2530305

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and the names with contact information of at least three (3) professional references to our application service, Interfolio, using the Apply Now button on the right. Background and MVR check required.

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