Head Triathlon Coach

Position: Head Triathlon Coach
Department: Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics
Location: Hickory, NC

Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., an NCAA Division II and proud member of the South Atlantic Conference, seeks qualified candidates for its head triathlon coach vacancy. This position directs the development, organization and management of all phases of both the Varsity Women’s and Men’s club programs. Recruiting, retaining, and graduating qualified student-athletes, as well as applying effective coaching, mentoring techniques, and player development strategies that result in successful competition is the primary purpose in this position.

Duties and Tasks

  • Provide leadership and instruction in the personal and athletic development of student athletes at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
  • Direct and coordinate the activities of the triathlon programs in the planning, organizing and coaching of the team; ensure compliance with the university, conference, and NCAA policies and regulations.
  • Counsel team members in academic, disciplinary and personal matters; consult with University administration and faculty for resolution of problems when necessary.
  • Plan for strategic recruitment of new student athletes; determine recipients of scholarships in accordance with University athletics and admissions policies.
  • Determine fiscal requirements and prepare budgetary recommendations; monitor, verify and reconcile expenditures of budgeted funds.
  • Study, evaluate, and implement training innovations in triathlon strategy, equipment, and facilities.
  • Serve as the triathlon coordinator with the goal of initiating hosting opportunities with local and regional partners.
  • Represent the Lenoir-Rhyne University athletic department in professional, civic and alumni events.
  • Develop and execute a fundraising strategy in coordination with the director of the Bears Club to increase revenues to enhance the student-athlete experience.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein, as assigned by university administration, if mutually agreeable.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelors degree required
  • Knowledge of collegiate triathlon
  • Triathlon coaching experience
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to develop a culture of excellence
  • Strong communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Collegiate level coaching experience with a demonstrated understanding of NCAA DII Rules preferred.
  • Demonstration of successful collegiate recruiting experience

While completing the application process, candidates will be prompted to submit a Letter of Application and a Resume (including the names and addresses of three references). The application letter should discuss specifically how one’s professional experiences and perspectives relate to the needs of the position and of Lenoir-Rhyne University. The university’s mission, vision and values statements may be reviewed under the About section of our website. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Any questions or inquiries regarding the position or the search process should be directed to Kim Pate, vice president for athletics at kim.pate@lr.edu.

Founded in 1891, Lenoir-Rhyne University is a co-educational, private liberal arts institution with 53 undergraduate degree programs and over 30 graduate degree programs. With a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio, LR enrolls more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students and has had ten consecutive years of enrollment growth. Additionally, LR awards more than $22 million in merit scholarships, and nearly 99 percent of our students are awarded financial aid. LR’s main campus is located in Hickory, North Carolina, a town with a population of over 40,000, where both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered. The university also offers graduate degree programs on its campuses in Asheville, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina. The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary is also located in Columbia. The LR community strives to support an inclusive campus that promotes a safe and healthy living, learning, and working environment. LR students have the opportunity to participate in more than 70 clubs and student organizations designed to develop a sense of self-worth, responsibility, and accountability and to engage students in active service to the world. Known as the Bears, the university’s athletic teams have been a longstanding source of pride and a vital part of student life. LR’s NCAA Division II athletic program includes 23 intercollegiate athletic teams, 11 for men and 12 for women, which compete in the South Atlantic Conference.

The women’s varsity triathlon program had a successful inaugural season this past fall, finishing third at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Championships in Tempe, Arizona. The program also had four competitors named All-Americans and four student-athletes named to the Collegiate Triathlon Coaches' Association's (CTCA) 2021 Scholar All-American team.

Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Lenoir-Rhyne promotes a diverse campus open to people from all religious backgrounds. It is an EOA/AA employer under all applicable civil rights law. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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