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Head Coach - Strength and Conditioning, Athletics

Apply now Job no: 492856
Work type: Full-time
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrators

Widener University is currently seeking a Head Coach for Strength and Conditioning in the Department of Athletics. Reporting to Head Athletic Trainer, this role provides support to Widener University’s 24 varsity athletic teams.

Widener University has established a COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all faculty and staff who will be on our campuses to be fully vaccinated and compliant as a condition of employment. Our goal is that all members of the Pride may safely experience Widener's hands on, inclusive, and personalized learning environment in person.

In addition to the above COVID-19 statement, all employees, who do not already have an approved exemption, are also required to receive a booster dose no more than 7 days after you become eligible.

Widener University is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. The Department of Athletics holds a deep commitment to an inclusive culture that supports the work of students and staff members, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to facilitate that commitment. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

Essential duties:

    • Maintain the university weight room facilities and equipment. 
    • Supervise weight room and maintenance of schedule for workout times for each sport program. 
    • Instruct student-athletes on how to use equipment and perform exercises properly.  
    • Compose individual and group strength and conditioning training for athletic teams. 
    • Develop and distribute nutritional information to student-athletes, in collaboration with nutrition partners.  
    • Communicate with coaches regarding strength and conditioning programs and the status of student-athlete performance.  
    • Maintain computer database to track individual programs and team training assignments and results. 
    • Schedule and maintain facility calendar scheduling for group programs. 
    • Coordinate injury rehabilitation exercises with Head Athletic Trainer as needed. 
    • Develop educational presentations for department staff that creates a cohesive understanding for sport performance and conditioning goals that benefit student-athletes. 

Secondary responsibilities:

    • Work in conjunction with the Head Athletic Trainer for necessary physical rehabilitation and practices that influence injury prevention
    • Serve as a role model for student-athletes both on and off the field. Develop good rapport and/or working relationship with students, department members, faculty and alumni.
    • Establish and maintain a positive public relations image for the program, the department and Widener University.
    • Adhere to Widener University departmental, NCAA and university policies.
    • Maintain competency of NCAA rules as it applies to their duties.
    • Oversee two part-time hourly assistants that hold appropriate certifications for individual and team training. 
    • Other duties as assigned by the Head Athletic Trainer or Director of Athletics in accordance with the Department of Athletics, University, Middle Atlantic Conference, NCAA, and other related association rules and regulations. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science or closely related field
    • The candidate should have CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification from the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and must be certified in First Aid and CPR
    • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for male and female athletes. 
    •  Good interpersonal and communication skills.   


    • Experience as a strength and conditioning coach for a collegiate athletic team.


    • Nontraditional hours – weekends, nights, days etc.
    • Ability to lift more than 40lbs

Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at


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