Bates College seeks an experienced and dynamic Head Football Coach to lead the institution’s football program. Ranked among the finest liberal arts colleges in the country, Bates prides itself on its distinctive history and mission that promotes the ideals of egalitarianism, social justice, and inclusivity. Bates is a member of NCAA Division III and one of 11 institutions in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). NESCAC consistently performs as the top conference in Division III, as well as leading virtually all rankings that measure the quality of liberal arts colleges.

About Bates

Bates College was built by people who put their ideals into action and in whose hands the liberal arts served as a dynamic force for the public good. With their progressive call, in 1855, to admit African Americans and to educate men and women together, the founders of Bates affirmed that all human potential deserves to be developed. This radical, founding moment manifested a durable instinct for the fellowship of learning that continues to guide Bates’ commitment to intensive and unfettered humanistic inquiry.

Bates’ mission statement, adopted in 2010, reads:

Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion—Amore ac Studio—we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world, Bates is a college for coming times.


Bates undertook an institutional planning effort in 2014­–2016 that engaged all members of the campus community and resulted in a plan for the next five to eight years. This plan, approved unanimously by the Board of Trustees and the faculty, identifies Athletics as a strategic and pedagogical priority for the college that will receive increased attention and financial support in the upcoming fundraising campaign.

Since becoming the eighth president of Bates in 2012, Clayton Spencer has recruited exceptionally effective staff across the college and invigorated the campus and broader alumni communities. Bates has experienced three straight years of significantly increased giving, with funds raised in fiscal year 2016 reaching a new record and more than doubling those raised in 2013. Donor support is strong, as is the overall financial health of the college. Additionally, over the past two years, Bates has enjoyed its largest applicant pools in history, and a record number of Early Decision applications were received for Fall 2017 enrollment. These admission successes are supported by the college’s commitment to meet the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students regardless of academic, athletic, or demographic attributes, providing upwards of $32 million per year in financial aid.

About Maine and Lewiston/Auburn

Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. Lewiston and its twin city of Auburn, located in central Maine about 35 miles north of Portland, have a combined population of about 65,000 people. Maine’s natural beauty and resources and its diverse recreational offerings are highly valued by the Bates community; both the coast to the east and the mountains and ski areas to the north and west are within easy reach. Lewiston is a walkable city with an engaged citizenry, lively arts and dining scenes, and a historic downtown. The city has a rich industrial past and was home to thousands of French Canadian immigrants who came to work in its textile mills along the Androscoggin River in the nineteenth century. More recently, Lewiston has welcomed many new residents from African nations, especially Somalia and Sudan. Bates is a national leader in community engaged learning – a pride point supported by the Department of Athletics – and works closely with local and state communities in many partnerships and creative collaborations. 

The Position

The Head Football Coach is a 12-month position working in the Department of Athletics.  Joining a dedicated team of coaches, this position will strive to promote student success both on and off the field.  The Head Football Coach is responsible for supporting and coordinating all aspects of the football program, providing significant contributions to the development of student-athletes through mentorship, guidance, leadership opportunities, community building, and a commitment to social justice. This position is also responsible for the administration of all phases of the varsity program in accordance with guidelines from Bates College, the NCAA, and NESCAC including recruiting highly qualified student-athletes, compliance, scheduling, travel planning, data management, practice scheduling, and roster management.  The Head Football Coach serves as an active and visible campus presence, serving on committees, holding day-time office hours, meeting recruits, and engaging with students outside of the Department of Athletics. The Head Football Coach will have significant night and weekend commitments.  The Head Football Coach reports to the Director of Athletics.

Coaching Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, supervision, and development for the football team to support student athletes in the areas of athletic competition skills, conditioning, personal development and professional growth
  • Lead and serve as head coach at all scheduled team practices, competitions, and additional team functions/events
  • Motivate students and staff to participate in an atmosphere of sportsmanship, professionalism, and respect among student athletes, coaches, and other intercollegiate athletic teams
  • Provide training necessary through skills and conditioning to enable students to compete safely and competitively
  • Develop a comprehensive and systematic recruitment plan with a focus on recruiting and retaining highly qualified student athletes
  • In collaboration with Admissions and Student Financial Services, identify and recruit highly motivated student athletes in accordance with Bates College, NESCAC, and NCAA regulations in order to enhance team success both athletically and academically
  • Have an awareness of the lifestyle of student athletes in a highly competitive academic and athletic environment at a DIII institution
  • Demonstrate interest in the academic progress, work, and achievement of student athletes
  • Nominate student athletes for awards and recognition within sport membership organizations and the Department of Athletics, as deserving
  • Serve as a caring, empathetic, and engaged advisor and mentor to student athletes, having a knowledge of campus resources to refer student athletes when necessary
  • Hold student athletes accountable for team expectations and ensure student athlete adherence to the Student Athlete Code of Conduct
  • Develop a strategy for a team social media presence across platforms for the publicity, promotion, and recognition of the team
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with parents, alumni, and the community, adhering to professionalism
  • Engage in professional development with an eye towards gaining new knowledge in the realm of current best practices, successful coaching pedagogy, training/skill development, and risk management
  • Schedule and conduct regular practice sessions adhering to governing bodies such as Bates College, the NCAA, and NESCAC
  • Maintain familiarity with all rules and regulations required by governing bodies for compliance including completing the NCAA rules test annually
  • Manage and remain accountable for expense control, administration of the team budget, and projected fiscal year needs
  • Collaborate with appropriate departmental personnel for all travel, lodging, scheduling, compliance, and competition related administrative duties
  • Collaborate with athletic training personnel regarding student athlete health and safety including, medical clearances, injury prevention, and rehabilitation of student athletes
  • Respond to student academic concerns as identified in “Bates Reach” in Collaboration with faculty and student affairs, especially coursework due to team travel or competition
  • Coordinate team fundraising efforts in partnership with Advancement in order to augment resources for value added programming: enhanced skill training, leadership development, team cohesion exercises, etc.
  • Participate in external events that benefit the Department of Athletics initiatives as assigned by the Director of Athletics
  • Utilizing departmental software such as “Banner,” “Front Rush,” and “Bates Reach” for appropriate tasks
  • Attend all athletics department meetings
  • Serve as game manager for home athletic contests as assigned and possible site management for campus partners or outside vendors
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Coordinate all searches for qualified assistant coaches with the approval of the Director of Athletics
  • Prepare agendas, structure, and guidelines for coaching staff meetings
  • Delegate administrative responsibilities appropriately among staff reporting to head coach
  • Administer annual performance evaluations for all staff reporting to head coach
  • Support professional development and success of assistant coaches reporting to head coach

Second Assignment and Campus Collaboration

  • Take ownership of a shared process or program within the Department of Athletics (Second Assignment)
  • Engage with the Bates community through serving on committees and fostering an environment that supports an active lifestyle for all students
  • Participate in and encourage student-athletes to engage in leadership opportunities within the Bates community, providing benefits to the campus and Lewiston/Auburn area
  • Support the mission of the Department of Athletics and Physical Education
  • Instruct a class for PE credit as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned

Application Process

Bates College invites applications, letters of nomination, or expressions of interest for the position of Head Football Coach to be submitted to the search firm assisting the college. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted at Parker Executive Search’s website by May 16, 2018. For additional information please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Grant Higgison, Associate
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 x. 118

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