Cross Country Coach – Men’s and Women’s

Cross Country Coach – Men’s and Women’s


Spartanburg Methodist College, founded in 1911, is a private residential liberal arts institution serving a diverse student population (38% first generation, 52% minority, 59% Pell) within the United Methodist Connection. Since its founding as the first co-op school in the nation, SMC has remained dedicated to its mission to connect education and employment. After over 100 years as an Associate Degree granting institution, the college launched its first bachelor’s degree in 2019. Today, the college’s emphasis on education and employment includes a unique professional development concentration comprised of eight required courses for students seeking associate and bachelor’s degrees.

Cross Country Coach – Men’s and Women’s

All employees of Spartanburg Methodist College are entrusted with assisting the College to achieve its vision and mission. Customer focus, college service, and a willingness to assist as needed are expectations of all employees.

Organizational Responsibilities

The Men’s and Women's Cross Country Coach reports to the Athletic Director.

Job Summary:

As an integral member of the Athletic program, the Men’s and Women's Cross Country Coach (full-time) is primarily responsible for coaching and instructing the Cross Country teams of Spartanburg Methodist College. The Coach also recruits and manages these teams in accordance with the rules of the NJCAA and the mission and values of Spartanburg Methodist College and serves as an advisor to the Athletic Director in all issues pertaining to the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams. The Coach must execute all of the responsibilities of this position with unfailing integrity, a commitment to excellence, and an emphasis on the academic success and growth of the student-athletes in the program.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Plan and implement a program of intercollegiate Men’s and Women's Cross Country in accord with the standards and goals set by the College.
  • Train and develop student-athletes into a Men’s and Women's Cross Country team of at least 12 women and 15men who will represent the College with skill and sportsmanship.
  • Develop and implement strategies for motivating student-athletes to perform at maximum levels both as individuals and as a team.
  • Instruct student-athletes on personal and athletic development, including counseling team members in academic and disciplinary matters, when appropriate.
  • Work closely with all College departments to advance student-athlete academic progress and potential.
  • Schedule and conduct training of student-athletes during regular practice sessions.
  • Create long-term player development plans for the technical, tactical, and physical development of individual members of the team.
  • Oversee conditioning and training of student-athletes in conjunction with the Athletic Trainer to ensure that student-athletes are physically prepared for competition.
  • Evaluate and recruit qualified student-athletes.
  • Develop a recruitment plan with the Admissions Office and Financial Aid Office to attract excellent student-athletes to meet the recruiting goals of the College and participate fully in implementing the plan.
  • Schedule games, practice times, facility, and vehicle usage.
  • Participate in fundraising efforts that benefit the athletic programs of the College.
  • Supervise all aspects of the work of volunteer coaches. Attend staff meetings involving members of the Athletic Department.
  • Attend games and provide support to other coaches.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Athletic Director and President of the College.
  • Manage the budgets for the Men and Women's Cross Country program.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and ability to adhere to all policies, rules, and regulations of the College, Region X, and the NJCAA.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information discretely.
  • Ability to work well with individuals with diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent organizational skills and efficiency in recordkeeping.
  • Ability to establish positive working relationships with members of the College community and members of the public.
  • Attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Ability to work independently to perform assigned tasks.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed outdoors. While performing the duties of this position, the employee will work a schedule set by the needs of the position. The coach will be required to travel with the team.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to bend, stoop, reach, stand, and move around the campus.
  • Manual and physical dexterity and visual acuity needed to operate a computer keyboard and handle paper documents.
  • Sufficient near vision acuity to read information appearing on a computer display screen, in hand­ written form, and printed on paper.
  • Adequate hearing and verbal abilities to communicate effectively in person and by telephone.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Education and Experience:

  • Education: Master's Degree preferred, Bachelor's (or Bachelor's in progress) accepted.
  • Experience: Coaching experience at the college level or participation in intercollegiate athletics.


Download SMC's job application, fill out, and submit to:

Director of Human Resources
Spartanburg Methodist College
1000 Powell Mill Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301.

Application materials may also be submitted electronically to

  • Open until filled.


FLSA: Exempt

Spartanburg Methodist College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any legally protected status in any personnel action regarding the recruiting, hiring, and promotion of faculty and staff members.

This job description provides a representative summary of the nature and responsibilities of the position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all duties and responsibilities which may be modified at any time. The job description is not intended to imply or to create a contract of employment.

October 2020