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Job Details: Head Men’s & Women’s Track Coach

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Head Men’s & Women’s Track Coach


Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Start Date:





Knowledge of and strict adherence to NAIA and Sooner Athletic Conference rules are required


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated successful coaching experience and technical competence at the collegiate or pro level required.


JOB SUMMARY: Oklahoma Panhandle State University, an NAIA institution, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Head Track and Field Coach for its inaugural season. Panhandle State is a member of the Sooner Athletics Conference and is located in Goodwell, OK. The position reports to the Director of Athletics and is a full-time 12-month position. Duties include, but are not limited to: coaching and player development, recruitment of student athletes, process of travel, scheduling, program budget, student athlete eligibility and academic progress, fundraising, game management and other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics. The candidate should possess knowledge of NAIA and track and field rules, standards, and regulations and dedication to ongoing education. The position is also responsible for developing effective and positive communication with the students, faculty, alumni, and community.


  • Must have excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Be committed to student athlete academic success, and be able to effectively relate to students, colleagues, fans, and community members.
  • Develop and execute recruitment and retention of quality student athletes including but not limited to: off-campus evaluation, contacts, organization of on-campus visits, and tryouts.
  • Build and sustain positive relationships with student-athletes, former players, faculty, alumni, staff, media, boosters, and the community.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to implement effective coaching theory, strategies, and techniques appropriate for college athletes.
  • Work effectively with student athletes of varying abilities, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds to instill commitment, discipline, and teamwork.
  • Responsible for inventory, selection and care of equipment and proper care of the school facilities, including Guymon High School’s track facility.
  • Manage the team budget and put together a competitive schedule in line with that budget.
  • Communicate effectively with team members, recruits, and administration.
  • Emphasize academic success and service to all team members.
  • Motivate and mentor collegiate student-athletes.
  • Advise and instruct student-athletes on skill development.
  • Scouting of opponents and instructing team on the strategies that will be implemented.
  • Commit to all NAIA, Sooner Athletic Conference, and Oklahoma Panhandle State University Athletics Department policies and procedures.
  • Advise student-athletes in their day-to-day activities.
  • Maintain a good working relationship with all athletic coaches and staff regarding facility use and condition.
  • Must have a strong work ethic and lead by example.
  • Must be a professional, credible and respected representative of the institution internally and in the community
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to act ethically and socially responsible manner.
  • Must be able to lift more than 50-lb. objects; frequent bending, stooping, and walking.
  • Ability to communicate in a courteous manner
  • Other duties as assigned by the Athletic Director or designee.

The omission of specific statement of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Applicant Must Submit:

  • Letter of Application
  • Resume
  • Three References, current addresses and phone numbers
  • All College Transcripts (unofficial)
  • Completed Consent & Disclosure form for pre-employment background check (available here)

If you are applying for more than one position, please submit a separate application packet for each position, being sure that your cover letter addresses the specific requirements for the position for which you are applying. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All OPSU applicants must also submit a completed Consent and Disclosure form for a pre-employment background check. Forms are available below.

OPSU is an AA/EE/E-Verify employer committed to diversity.

Oklahoma Panhandle State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, and veterans status in its programs and services.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

  • Michael Harris, Title IX (sex), Office: SUB 10, Telephone: 580.349.1362;
  • Rene Ramon, Section 504/ADA (disabilities), Office ML 107B, Telephone: 580.349.1556;
  • Dana Collins (race, color, national origin, age and veterans status), Office: SL 125, Telephone: 580.349.1574.

For additional information and/or to respond, contact:

Oklahoma Panhandle State Univ.
Office of Human Resources
P. O. Box 430
Goodwell, OK 73939
Telephone: 580-349-2611
Fax: 580-349-2302
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OPSU Human Resources