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Assistant Football Coach, Linebackers/Special Teams

Apply now Job no: 492857
Work type: Full-time
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrators

Widener University is currently seeking an Assistant Football Coach for Linebackers and Special Teams in the Department of Athletics. Reporting to the Defensive Coordinator and Head Football Coach, this role provides support to the Widener University Football program.

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 across the institution, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to facilitate that commitment. 

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

Essential duties:

  • Assist the Head Football Coach in the leadership and direction of the program while working with the Defensive Coordinator coaching the linebackers and special teams.
  • Work in conjunction with the Defensive Coordinator for practice planning presentation and coaching.
  • Organize practice sessions, participate in the preparation of student-athletes for competition and provide positive guidance to students off the field.
  • Individual and group coaching, presentation and player evaluation related to position and game and practice planning. 
  • Communicate with coaching staff regarding player development game planning.
  • Communicate with coaching staff related to academic monitoring of all assigned student-athletes within position group.
  • Establish and maintain a positive public relations image for the program, the department and Widener University.
  • 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.
  • Recruit prospective student-athletes committed to academic and athletic excellence.
  • Maintain competency of NCAA rules as it applies to their duties.

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Adhere to Widener University departmental, NCAA and university policies.
  • Maintain competency of NCAA rules as it applies to their duties.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head Coach 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
  • Demonstrated experience in collegiate football coaching.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.


  • Demonstrated experience in collegiate recruiting, retention and academic monitoring.


  • 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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