Head Men's Basketball Coach

Johnson University’s Athletic Department is seeking a Head Men’s Basketball Coach. This coach manages the Johnson University men’s basketball program in a manner that reflects the values and mission of the department and University, serving as a role model and mentor to the student-athletes to reinforce the highest standards of conduct. The position requires supervision of assistant coaches and recruiting activities in addition to the execution of the JU athletic strategic plan.  Interested candidates should submit cover letter, CV or Resume, and 3 professional references to .

Athletic Mission

The mission of Johnson University Athletics is to be an active part of educating students through the framework of the Great Commission and prepare them to be leaders by placing high value on integrity, community, sportsmanship, and calling.

Athletic Strategic Values

Cultivation: We believe athletics is about human development rather than a game to be won.
Calling: We believe God calls us all to participate in the kingdom of God through our various abilities, experiences, and occupations and we recognize our role in nurturing the calling of our student-athletes.
Culture: We believe in creating positive and motivating environments that challenge student-athletes to be their best both inside and outside of competition.
Community: We believe investment in people and the local community brings out the best in student-athletes and provides space for personal growth.
Competition: We believe athletics requires excellence from both players and coaches, and we pursue this quality in every aspect.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Exemplify and teach sound spiritual growth alongside of athletic development.
  • Monitor academic progress of the team and individual student-athletes.
  • Mentor players through life, academic, and athletic challenges.
  • Evaluate and recruit quality student-athletes who align with the mission of Johnson University.
  • Supervise assistant coaches, including hiring, training, and evaluating assistant and student workers.
  • Plan, schedule, and supervise practices and games.
  • Develop and grow the skills of players through effective coaching.
  • Manage the men’s basketball budget and report expenses for travel in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate annual summer camps, recruitment trips, and on-campus recruitment events.
  • Communicate and collaborate with departments across campus to ensure student-athlete success.
  • Participate in fundraising events.
  • Off-season game management for other sports as determined by the Athletic Director.
  • Manage and report sports information content, social media, and statistics.
  • Conform with University and NAIA policies.
  • Build relationship with faculty, students and staff.

Required Skills

  • Thorough understanding of and commitment to NAIA rules and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Knowledge of student-athlete recruitment principles.
  • Knowledge of athletic institutional aid process.
  • Ability to demonstrate basketball skills and techniques, and other physical conditioning.
  • Ability to establish a productive rapport with team members.
  • Familiarity with academic requirements for student-athletes.
  • Ability to apply budgeting and fiscal planning techniques.
  • Ability to maintain a cooperative working relationship with faculty, students, staff, and the public.
  • Ability to represent the basketball team and athletics programs including skill in developing promotional materials and skill in public speaking/presentation.
  • Technical fluency to effectively use computers, software, applications, and social media platforms as required.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Two (2) years prior experience as a successful head or assistant coach at the collegiate level or as a head coach at the high school level is preferred.
  • A suitable combination of education and experience may be substituted for minimum requirements.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Johnson University is a Christian university affiliated with Christian churches and churches of Christ. Its mission is to educate students for “Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations.” Accordingly, Johnson University seeks to hire and educate individuals who share its vision and core values to carry out that mission. Johnson University does not unlawfully discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment practices.

Johnson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation, or disability–if such disability may be accommodated without undue hardship—in provision of educational opportunities, programs and activities, or employment opportunities and benefits, pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent amendments to that act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and subsequent re-authorization of that act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and subsequent amendments to that act.

The University, however, reserves the right under those provisions to make certain employment decisions based on religion, marital status, or sex consistent with the University’s religious beliefs when establishing qualifications for certain positions. Further, as a Christian ministry, the University retains the right to select those who serve in ministerial positions, as that term has been defined by the courts in the context of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, based on criteria established by the University without regard to Title VII, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law governing the employment relationship.