The Squash and Education Association seeks an accomplished squash professional with excellent personal, leadership and organizational skills and a passion for the mission of urban squash programs to be our National Coach. The primary work of the National Coach will be to (1) organize regional and national squash competitions, (2) manage elite squash development and training camps, and (3) oversee the support and training of coaches in the urban squash network — all in support of the broader goal of markedly improving the level of squash of the more than 2,000 students who are enrolled in our 19 member programs and four international affiliates. Specific responsibilities will include:
- Manage year-round calendar of tournaments, including at least four national tournaments (2-3 days each) and 15-20 regional tournaments (1-2 days each).
- Lead all national tournaments and up to four regional tournaments in person/on site.
- Provide support and oversight to local coaches in leading member program regional Visit up to five regional tournaments.
- For SEA-led tournaments, manage all aspects including, but not limited to, facility contracts, insurance, program communications, student paperwork, seedings and draws, meals, and staff hiring and training (tournament assistants, photographers, athletic trainers, etc.).
- Lead the development of the SEA High Performance Team
- Direct four HPT weekend squads for 15-30 elite players (program communication, facility contracts, student paperwork and transportation, staffing, squash content, etc.)
- Bring HPT students to a minimum of six junior squash tournaments annually
- Support programs in providing coaching for HPT students with local pros
- Communicate with member program coaches about plans for the student’s development (tournament opportunities, areas for improvement, etc.)
- Lead SEA’s Summer Squads
- Direct, or assist a college coach in directing, up to four summer squads for 20-40 students each summer.
- Hire and train support staff
- Communicate with member programs to ensure strong student nominations, collect required paperwork, and organize student transportation plans.
- Work with facility on contracts, insurance, schedules, meals, housing, etc.
- Volunteer at and observe weekday squash practice at a minimum of six member programs a year, providing guidance and instruction to coaching in advance and feedback after
- Design and lead one 2-day coaching training for all of the country’s coaching staff
- Organize and lead five regional coaching clinics annually
- Develop a playbook/handbook which identifies best practices and offers guidance to member program coaches
- Serve on staff committees dedicated to improving squash programming
Development & Fundraising
- Personally identify and cultivate prospective financial supporters of the High Performance Team
- Raise a minimum of $50,000 for the High Performance Team, from 10 or more families/sources
- Send regular communications over email (~8 annually) to the supporters of the High Performance Team
- Manage the High Performance Team Committee, scheduling and overseeing three calls a year
- Serve as SEA’s liaison to US Squash, and facilitate the relationship between SEA member programs and US Squash, including oversight of tournament fees and memberships.
- Prioritize student safety and well-being in all events and with member programs
- Update SEA database with relevant contacts and update contact information
- Maintain up-to-date squash-relevant section of the website
- Contribute to SEA’s electronic communications (social media, newsletters, etc.)
Qualifications & Experience
- Bachelor’s degree from a four-year university;
- Experience as a squash player or coach;
- Experience as a volunteer, alumni, or staff member of an urban squash program a plus
- Sets high standards for self and colleagues; highly self-motivated and thrives under pressure
- Self-starter; proven track record in initiating and successfully leading groups or projects
- Exceptional interpersonal skills to build strong relationships with various stakeholders
- The ability to engage the country’s most accomplished squash professionals to volunteer their time to support our elite development and coaching training initiatives
Travel: On average, three weekends out of four between October and April, with slightly less weekend travel in the other months. During summer months (mid-June to mid-August), more travel is required, but more often during weekdays. Anticipated travel includes:
- Summer Squads: Deerfield, Stanford, and UVA squads in June/July/August (4-5 days)
- High Performance Team: Four 4-day squads a year, likely on holiday weekends
- National Tournaments
- SEA-led: Urban Team Nationals in Jan/Feb, Urban Individuals Nationals in June, Midwest Championships in July, and Alumni Nationals in August
- US Squash Tournaments: Attend four tournaments a year with HPT tournaments (ex: Silver Nationals in March, Bronze Nationals in June)
- Regional Tournaments:
- SEA-led: Lead up to four 1-2-day regional tournaments
- Program-led: Visit up to five 1-day regional tournaments
- Staff Coaching: Four 1-2 day coaching clinics a year
- Staff Committees: Two 2-day retreats at member programs
- SEA Team Retreats: One 2-day retreat in fall, three 1 quarterly meetings
Compensation & Benefits: $60,000-$75,000, depending on experience. Includes 4 weeks of vacation annually, health insurance benefits, and, after one year of full-time service, a 401K matching plan. The National Coach would be encouraged to be active in the squash community and to compete in events.
Start date: Summer
Schedule: Tues-Thursday 9am-5pm, with frequent weekend work. Mondays are always off, and Tuesdays are also off following 3-day working weekends.
SEA: SEA is the umbrella organization and governing body of a network of youth development programs that combine squash, academics, mentoring, travel, and college support. Located in 23 cities in the United States and beyond, our programs support more than 2,500 children from low-income neighborhoods to reach their full academic, athletic, and personal potential. SEA leads the urban squash movement by launching new programs, promoting and enabling the highest quality programming among member organizations, and creating transformative educational and athletic experiences for students and alumni of our programs.
Interested? Candidates should send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.