About the University

Washington University in St. Louis is a national independent research university dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. Founded in 1853, and named after George Washington, the University is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching, learning, research, service to society, and patient care, drawing students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 120 nations. 23 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Washington University, nine having done the major part of their pioneering research at the university. Detailed information about Washington University in St. Louis is available at: http://wustl.edu/

Washington University in St. Louis Athletics

The University is a member of NCAA Division III and the University Athletic Association (www.uaasports.info). The University Athletic Association is the premier conference in Division III when it comes to both academic and athletic excellence. The Conference is comprised of Top 40 National Research Universities, thus seeking excellence in athletics while maintaining a perspective which holds the student-athlete and the academic mission of the institutions as the center of focus. With an impressive history of achievement, the intercollegiate athletics program is the epitome of excellence in Division III. Athletic excellence has been proven over time with the University consistently ranking in the Top 5 of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup over the last 10 years. The athletics program at Washington University in St. Louis has a strong tradition of success and serves an exceptionally broad segment of the campus community. This success allows the athletic programs to recruit globally and compete nationally.

The Position

The University seeks an innovative and dynamic leader of its men’s basketball program, who will work with students, faculty, staff, and alumni across the University to maintain excellence in its men’s basketball program. The head coach is expected to recruit and retain a diverse group of exceptional coaches and student-athletes’, while promoting academic and athletic excellence for the program. The head coach will work with the Director of Athletics and other administrators to support the overall goals and objectives of the University.

Responsibilities & Expectations for the Position

The head men’s basketball coach will provide a clear vision for the program that is consistent with the traditions and expectations of the university, the athletic department and the men’s basketball program. Success in all the following areas will be crucial to meeting these expectations, and applicants should describe experiences and achievements that demonstrate, in a compelling way, the capacity to be successful in each of the following areas:

  • Maintaining the University’s traditional commitments to academic and athletic excellence.
  • Responsible for the management and administration of an intercollegiate men’s basketball ball program that competes regularly for UAA and National championships.
  • Hiring, motivating, supervising and evaluating assistant coaches.
  • Managing program budget, travel, and equipment logistics with department administration.
  • Representing the program internally and externally with entities including, but not limited to; faculty and staff, admissions, friends and family of WashU basketball, the W Club, and the greater St. Louis community.
  • Organizing, managing, and directing the men’s basketball program effectively and providing for full compliance with all applicable University, NCAA and UAA rules.
  • Promoting student-athletes’ personal development, high academic achievement and full participation in all aspects of University life.

Specific Qualifications for the Position

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred.
  • Previous experience with Division III athletic programs highly desirable.
  • Commitment to excellence in academics and athletics.
  • Competence in budget planning, scheduling and personnel evaluation.
  • An understanding of the recruitment process and the ability to collaboratively work with Admissions staff in the enrollment of students to an academically rigorous institution.
  • Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to diversity, equity, and equal opportunity.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students and university departments.
  • Evidence of high ethical standard as well as personal and professional integrity.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with both internal and external constituencies.
  • Affiliation and active engagement with professional organizations appropriate to the position.

Application Process

Washington University in St. Louis invites applications, letters of nomination, or expressions of interest for the position of Head Men’s Basketball Coach to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. 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 April 5, 2018. For additional information please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Grant Higgison, Associate
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 x118

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. 

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