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Head Coach, Football

Posted: January 25, 2021

Title: Head Coach, Football
Department: Athletics
Supervisor: Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Category: Staff
Status/Type: Exempt
Salary: Commensurate with experience and consistent with NCAA Division III head coaches for the sport of football.

Position Summary: The Head Football Coach must demonstrate strong communication and organizational skills and must be able to work effectively with staff, faculty, and other members of Finlandia’s community and constituents of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As a team player within the athletics department, the Head Football Coach should foster student personal growth and development as well as academic and athletic achievement. The Head Football Coach’s primary focus for the position is recruitment, with particular emphasis on the Upper Peninsula, retention of qualified student-athletes, and the administration of a competitive NCAA Division III football program while adhering to all NCAA and/or conference rules for the sport of football.

Required Qualifications:
1. Bachelor’s Degree.
2. Preference will be given to coaches who have demonstrated head coaching experience and/or offensive or defensive coordinator experience within an intercollegiate varsity football program.
3. Preference will be given to the candidate who has demonstrated a proven ability to recruit quality student-athletes who will fit the academic profile of Finlandia’s student body
4. Thorough knowledge of recruitment within the Upper Peninsula.
5. Knowledge of, and experience working within NCAA rules and regulations.
6. Strong work ethic, integrity and a positive attitude.
7. Strong interpersonal, management and communication skills.
8. Adaptable to a dynamic environment characteristic of an institution experiencing enrollment growth and program development.

Desired Qualifications:
1. Master’s degree in Sports Management or Business field.
2. Two years collegiate coaching/playing experience.
3. Experience in relationship development and/or sales.

Essential Responsibilities:
1. Build and retain an annual roster of a minimum of 75 program specific student-athletes to the university in the sport of football.
2. Collaborate with the athletic academic coordinator and university faculty to monitor academic progress of student-athletes to ensure that athletic eligibility and academic standards are maintained.
3. Provide leadership to ensure that athletes conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with university and athlete code of conduct working directly with the Director of Athletics, Dean of Students, and related staff of the Student Development Division.
4. Secure a schedule of competition to be approved by the Director of Athletics with appropriate NCAA, NAIA and/or NCCAA colleges and universities for the football team.
5. Arrange lodging accommodations for away competitions.
6. Submit travel plans and budget requests for all recruitment and athletic competition activities to the Director of Athletics.
7. Report game scores to the Sports Information Director.
8. Oversee team budget and operate team within budget limits.
9. Develop and promote summer camp programs designed for youth skill enhancement.
10. Assist the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator develop, implement, and monitor conditioning and skills enhancement programs designed to improve student athletic ability and performance.
11. Adhere to all NCAA Division III, MIAA, and Finlandia University rules and regulations governing collegiate athletics and the sport of football.
12. Support institutional identity and mission of Finlandia University “as a learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service.”
13. Perform additional administrative responsibilities as assigned.

Application Procedure:
Finlandia University participates in the federal E-Verify system. Individuals hired into positions must have their identity and work eligibility confirmed by the E-Verify system. We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.


As a learning community Finlandia University recognizes and affirms the dignity and worth of all people and cultures. We will strive to provide an institutional climate that does not perpetuate or tolerate forms of discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining a
qualified and diverse faculty, staff and student body. Finlandia University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex/gender, age, disability, religion, veteran status, familial status, height, weight, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law in admissions, employment, athletics, programs, and activities. The following
person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or gender equity concerns:

Fredi deYampert, Title IX Coordinator, (906) 487-7301,

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