The Wake Forest Men’s Rugby team is looking to hire a Head Coach for the upcoming season. Wake competes at the D1-AA level in the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Rugby League and is seeking to establish itself as a premier undergraduate rugby destination in the southeastern United States. In the past nine years Wake has rapidly ascended through the Division III and Division II ranks with a strictly volunteer coaching staff, and hiring a paid Head Coach is an important next step in ensuring the team’s continued growth.
Wake competes during both the Fall and Spring semesters. For the first time this year, the ACRL will be playing the 15s season in the Fall, while 7s will be played in the Spring. The Head Coach will be expected to commit to a work schedule during the competitive season that includes four practices per week and weekend matches. The Head Coach will be expected to commit to a lesser schedule during school breaks, focusing mainly on recruiting and attending various events to further the team’s interests.
The Head Coach will be inheriting a group of highly talented and motivated rugby players, including several incoming freshmen with substantial rugby experience. The biggest challenges for the Head Coach will be growing and maintaining a sufficiently-sized roster through recruitment of high school players and athletes from within the general student population and ensuring the continued growth in financial resources provided by the school and other sponsors and donors.
In addition to coaching responsibilities, the Head Coach will need to handle administrative tasks,communicate with the appropriate rugby organizations (e.g. ACRL, USA Rugby), institute a formalized high school recruitment policy, coordinate with the Wake Forest Rugby Foundation on team finances, scholarships and alumni outreach, act as a liaison to the Wake Forest Administration, manage the team budget and fundraising efforts, and most importantly, mentor players both on and off the field.
The ideal candidate will exhibit the following experiences and skills:
- Previous collegiate coaching and playing experience
- Ability to teach players with varying levels of experience the fundamentals of rugby
- Strong understanding of offensive and defensive strategy, set pieces and situational decisionmaking
- Superior leadership and managerial skills
The Head Coach will receive a salary between $10,000 and $20,000, commensurate with experience.
Health and other benefits will not be provided.
For more information
If you are interested in the position please send a resume and cover letter to:
Andrew Gentles, President, Wake Forest Rugby Foundation,
About Wake Forest University
Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private educational institution located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The school has approximately 4,800 undergraduate students, the vast majority of which live on campus or in the immediate surrounding areas. Wake is a hotbed for collegiate athletics, and is the third smallest school competing in Division 1 FBS football. The school was ranked 27th overall in U.S. News’ 2013 list of America’s Best Colleges and is known for its rigorous academic standards. Wake Forest boasts a vibrant Greek life and has one of the highest participation rates for study abroad programs in the country.
About the Wake Forest Rugby Foundation
The Wake Forest Rugby Foundation was established in 2009 as a way to help further the proud tradition of Demon Deacon rugby both on and off the pitch. The organization is structured as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Donations to the Foundation fund a portion of the team’s operational expenses, scholarships for current players as well as high school recruits, and alumni outreach efforts. In addition to financial support, the Foundation’s Officers, Board of Directors and active alumni participants provide ongoing support to current players and coaches in various capacities.