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Assistant Coach, Football

University of Saskatchewan

Salary $66,030 - $103,174

Posted 5 months ago



Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Industry Areas

Professional Sport

Job Type

Job Description

Huskie Athletics is seeking a full-time Assistant Coach for our nationally competitive Men’s Football program. This position is responsible for assisting with player development, recruiting and grassroots development programming. We have high standards, and it is incumbent on the successful candidate to provide exemplary leadership in all areas related to the Huskie Men’s Football program. 

About the Program: The Huskie men’s football team has a rich history and has been playing competitive football for over 100 years in the Canada West (CW) conference. That history includes 21 Hardy Cup championships, the most of any team in conference history, 11 national semifinal bowl game wins and three Vanier Cup championships. Playing on USask campus at Griffith Stadium, in Nutrien Park, the Huskie men’s football team has some of the best football facilities in the country. 

Nature of Work: The Assistant Coach reports functionally to the Head Football Coach and administratively to the Chief Athletics Officer (CAO). This is a high-volume position that works under pressure in a fast-paced environment, multi-tasking to meet competing deadlines. It is also a high-profile position and is very visible in the University and regional athletic communities. The incumbent will establish and maintain the level of professional relationships that supports exceptional collaboration with the Head Coach and appropriate leadership and mentorship to the student-athletes and potential recruits to the program. Potential candidates must recognize the responsibility that comes with this role and its potential impact on the credibility of Huskie Football, Huskie Athletics, the College of Kinesiology, and the University of Saskatchewan. This position involves travel, as well as work in evenings and on weekends and holidays. 

Typical Duties or Accountabilities:

•     Coach a nationally competitive program and maintain high professional standards.

•     Develop highly competitive players. Work with head coach and coaching staff to deliver year-round skill development programming.

•     Ideally the successful candidate will assume the role of Special Teams Coordinator, along with coaching a position, preferably on the defensive side of the ball.

•     Ideally the successful candidate with also assume the role of Recruiting Coordinator and, collaborating with current recruiting and scouting staff, lead the recruitment process of student-athletes.

•     Oversee and lead grassroots programming, youth development camps and other community programming.

•     Monitor and oversee all academic programming, as well as provide direction for support when and where needed in collaboration with the Student Athlete Academic Officer.

•     Assist the Head Coach as needed in all facets of the football program.

•     Serve as a resource for student-athletes.

•     Perform other duties as assigned by the Head Coach or Chief Athletics Officer. 

Education and Certification:

•     A four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution is preferred. Consideration may be given for equivalent experience.

•     Must have National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certification in Safe Sport and Safe Contact. Must have or be working towards certification in Positional Coaching and Coordinator.

•     Possesses or able to obtain First Aid and CPR/AED Level C qualifications.

•     Must have a clean Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search. 


•     Must have experience with Special Teams, preferably both as a player and a coach, with preference going to previous coaching in a Special Teams Coordinator role.

•     Have positional playing and coaching experience, preferably on the defensive side of the ball. Preference to former players and coaches with University and CFL experience.

•     Provincial and/or national coaching experience is a desirable asset. 

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Qualifications Required

•     Excellent interpersonal, organizational, writing, and oral communication skills to communicate effectively at a variety of levels including officials of U Sports, administrators, staff, and coaches.

•     Must be able to work cooperatively with other University departments in a complex administrative environment.

•     Ability to interact diplomatically with individuals of various social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds.

•     Must have the ability to analyze situations and systems, identify problems, and implement solutions impartially and fairly.

•     Ability to make decisions on immediate problems within prescribed scope of authority, based on knowledge of policies and procedures, including pertinent U Sports rules and regulations.

•     Must understand the University of Saskatchewan’s standards for academic as well as athletic excellence.

•     Proficient in current football technology, specifically DV Sport and PQD.

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Inclusive Note

The employer is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.

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