Job Description

Grand Canyon University is searching for a Head Cross Country Coach (also serving as an Assistant Track and Field Coach) under the supervision of the Head Track and Field Coach. The Head Coach is responsible for the management and administration of all activities related to his/her sport and exercises direct supervision of recruiting, training, and coaching student-athletes participating in the sport.  The Head Coach is fully responsible for compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules and regulations as well as Conference rules and University policies governing intercollegiate athletics.

Player Development/Coaching:

  • Provide coaching in both a team and individual setting to improve sport specific skills.
  • Creation of practice plans, assist in race/meet preparation, advise on race/meet strategy, and provide direct coaching and assistance during races/meets.
  • Lead and designate practice responsibilities to Volunteer Coaches and other support staff.
  • Research and identify the latest trends and techniques in coaching and running.
  • Supervise, develop and mentor student-athletes and coaches/support staff.


  • Research, evaluate, contact and recruit players of high character, scholarship and athletic ability to compete for the designated sport program.
  • Market the designated sports program to prospective recruits, community members, and club members both domestically and internationally.
  • Travel extensively to evaluate talent and market the GCU designated sports program to potential recruits.


  • Manage scheduling.
  • Manage the planning, marketing and operation of sports camps.
  • Ensures all aspects of the designated sports program complies with University standards and conference and national affiliation rules and regulations. 
  • Identifies potential risk and establishes criteria and plans for correction.
  • Promotes good sportsmanship behavior and enforces discipline, establishes and oversees penalties for breach of standards by members of the team.
  • Participate actively in promotion of GCU athletics and campus events.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Athletic Director or designee.
  • Perform duties which require irregular hours, out of town and/or overnight travel.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least three years of intercollegiate and/or elite level sport specific coaching and/or playing and training experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Division 1 sport specific program and NCAA rules.
  • Valid driver's license and clean driving record.
  • CPR, First Aid and AED certifications required
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Must be able to lawfully accept employment in the U.S.
  • Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree
  • Experience coaching in NCAA Division I



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