Head Wrestling Coach

The University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Kentucky, is seeking an innovative professional for Head Coach in Wrestling for the Athletic Department. This is an exceptional opportunity for a motivated and accomplished leader to join an innovative Athletics Department valuing academic and athletic experiences. This position reports to the Director of Athletics. The head coach will develop, support recruiting efforts, and coach the University of Pikeville Wrestling Team.


  1. Supervise, coach, and instruct student-athletes during practice and competitions.
  2. Teach/coach student-athletes the fundamentals and techniques of the sport.
  3. Conduct video analysis and instruction as a teaching and preparation tool.
  4. Initiates, develops and maintains positive relationships with participants.
  5. Arrange a competitive schedule, within institutional guidelines and budget, and manage all aspects of team travel.
  6. Identify, evaluate and recruit potential team members to UPIKE Wrestling.
  7. Retain current UPIKE students as team members.
  8. Meet a minimum roster size each year (20 in first season).
  9. Ensures eligibility of student-athletes in the wrestling program and monitors their academic program.
  10. Recruit highly skilled and academically qualified student-athletes and develop and implement strategies for motivating student-athletes to perform at their highest level.
  11. Manage the annual program budget, within institutional budget policies and guidelines.
  12. Ensures compliance with all UPIKE policies and procedures, ethical standards, and compliance with all federal, state and accreditation requirements. 
  13. Partners with other UPIKE faculty and staff to assure a vibrant perpetual student recruitment environment.
  14. Represents the University at conferences, regional, state and national meetings relating to wrestling.
  15. Works with the SID to provide accurate data for individual and team accomplishments, as well as game scores.
  16. Expectations: Positive attitude and commitment. Participation in campus organizations and activities. 
  17. Other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics.


Position requires daily contact with coaches, student athletes, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff in order to communicate information about the athletics program at the University of Pikeville. These relationships are maintained through e-mail, telephone, and person-to-person contact.

Education/Skill Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. 
  • Minimum two years in wrestling coaching experience. Experience in recruiting.
  • Must be CPR certified (or willing to obtain certification).
  • Experience with NAIA programs.
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to students with diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including those with disabilities.
  • Understand how to work successfully as a team within all levels of the organization and know how to contribute to the mission of the university.
  • Ability to represent UPIKE in a professional manner and to conduct compelling and persuasive presentations to small and large groups.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and meet the requirements to drive a university vehicle. 
  • Must pass a criminal background check.

The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long-term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b)-retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, & dependent care accounts. UPIKE also offers a generous holiday schedule and paid leave program.

Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please, specifically address the qualifications, competencies and desired qualifications in your resume and application materials.

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. 

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students. 

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit http://www.upike.edu. Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting http://jobs.upike.edu. In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current resume, and the contact information for three to five professional references.

Date Posted: 10/27/2021
Department: Athletics
Employment Type: Full-Time (40 hours)
Position Type: Staff