Assistant Coach (Athletics)

Reports To:

Head Coach (Athletics)

Job Type:



August 14, 2018

Core Knowledge Areas:

  • Athletic Administration
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Student Learning
  • Parent and Community Involvement
  • Parent and Student Issue Resolution


Assigned Building


Part-Time, Must be willing to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Required Education Level:

High School Diploma or Equivalent

The Assistant Coach (Athletics) is accountable for the day-to-day operations for various core knowledge areas identified for the position.  The person in this position uses communication, technical and conflict management skills to ensure that the assigned core knowledge areas are carried out effectively to meet the goals and objectives set forth annually by the Head Coach in collaboration with the Director, Athletics and Administrative Services, Superintendent and School Board.

  • Conduct yourself in a professional and ethical manner while carrying out your duties as a coach.
  • Complete all required training annually and as required by law, the PIAA or the Upper Dauphin Area School District.
    1. Be knowledgeable of the current rules, technical skills and health and safety requirements of the sport being coached.
    2. Be knowledgeable of the UDASD All-Hazards Plan and roles and responsibilities as part of the plan.
    3. Be knowledgeable and abide by all policies and administrative regulations related to student safety including the head injury protocol.
  • Assist the Head Coach with the supervision and discipline of student-athletes.
  • Report all injuries to the Certified Athletic Trainer.
    1. If the Certified Athletic Trainer is not available, contact EMS (911) for all serious injuries as part the UDASD All-Hazards Plan.
    2. Notify the Director, Athletics and Administrative Services of any injuries requiring emergency transport.
  • Be in attendance and on-time for all applicable games and practices.
  • Perform the safe and effective coaching of fundamental and advanced sport skills, conditioning and game plans during practices and other learning sessions.
  • Assist the Head Coach with the execution of game plans during games.
  • Assist the Head Coach with the supervision of student-athletes in locker room, athletic facilities, transportation and any other applicable areas while under your care.
  • Assist the Head Coach in ensuring the respect and good conduct of student-athletes while practicing, competing or participating in athletic activities.
  • Ensure that your conduct as an assistant coaches models the behaviors discussed with student-athletes related to sportsmanship and fair play.
  • Assist the Head Coach in ensuring proper security, cleanliness and care of locker room and athletic facilities during and immediately after practices and games.
  • Submit all required paperwork and team information to the District Office and Athletics Office as required or requested.
  • Assist the Head Coach in ensuring that assigned student-athletes are meeting all eligibility requirements outlined in the Student Code of Conduct for Extracurricular Activities (UDASD Policy 227.2) prior to each practice and game.
  • Submit all budget and financial requests to the Director, Athletics and Administrative Services as required or requested.
  • Work cooperatively with booster groups, other sport programs and other school personnel in the carrying out of assignments and responsibilities.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with all stakeholders of the program including, but not limited to, student-athletes, parents, administrators, print, radio and television media, alumni and community members as needed or requested.
  • Cooperate with coaches from other teams both in-season and out-of-season.
    1. Promote and encourage student-athletes to participate in multiple sports and activities.
    2. Do not recruit student-athletes who are established members of other sports teams.
  • Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned by the Head Coach, Director, Athletics and Administrative Services or other School District Administrators.

Required Education Level:

High School Diploma or equivalent




  • Completion of PIAA Fundamental of Coaching and First Aid for Coaches requirements within two years of date-of-hire.
  • Completion of concussion, sudden cardiac arrest and other training required by law, the PIAA or Upper Dauphin Area School District.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Ability to work effectively with students and adults.
  • Ability to remain calm and handle stressful situations.
  • Ability to read, write and listen.
  • Ability to use a computer and computer applications.
  • Ability to teach technical skills to school-age children.
  • Ability to resolve issues and work as part of a team.
  • Ability to react appropriately when challenged by others.
  • Knowledge of interscholastic sports and skills for the assigned sport.
  • Knowledge of PIAA rules.
  • Basic mathematical skills.

The position holder must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation.  It is the responsibility of the employee to inform the Upper Dauphin Area School District Superintendent of any and all reasonable accommodation that will be required. Upper Dauphin Area School District is an equal opportunity employment, educational and service organization.

Preferred Education Level:

Associates Degree

Preferred Certifications:

Certified Interscholastic Coach or other coaching certification

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience as an assistant coach in a similar scholastic environment.

Work Year:

Part-time, during the specified season and for any supplementary activities over the summer or outside the normal season.

Please note that coaching contracts are valid for one year and must be renewed annually with positive recommendation from the Head Coach and Athletic Director.

Work Schedule:

Flexible schedule to allow attendance at evening and weekend practices and contests.

Work hours based on practice and game schedule.

Emergency Management:

Position is required to fulfill emergency management responsibilities related to supervision of student-athletes until student-athletes are released to parents/guardians.

Job Rate:

Applies to designated Paid Assistant Coach Positions Only.

Hiring: Salary commensurate with experience based on Extracurricular Pay Scale.

Ongoing: As decided annually by the School Board based on Extracurricular Pay Scale.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to stand and walk for long periods (excess of two hours).
  • Repetitive movements of hands and fingers necessary for computer work.
  • Some lifting (50 lbs.) and some carrying (50 lbs.).
  • Some bending, stooping, climbing, reaching and turning/twisting.
  • Writing and computer entry.
  • Ability to perform demonstrations of athletic movements.

Work Environment:

Indoor and outdoor athletic facilities.

Equipment to Operate:

Computer, mobile devices, telephone, television and audio/visual equipment, sound system, scoreboards, timers and radios.

This position supervises all of the following:

  • None