Strength and Conditioning Coach

The University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Kentucky seeks a dynamic and creative Strength and Conditioning Coach. This position is responsible for establishing and maintaining a strength and conditioning programs for all sports, with the three major goals of improving athletic performance, reducing athletic injuries, and teaching lifelong fitness and movement skills. The Strength and Conditioning Coach devises training plans according to sound scientific principles, supervises training sessions, evaluates athletes, maintains athlete records, and supervises work study and internship students. The Strength and Conditioning Coach meets regularly with sport coaches to determine what the athletes need to focus on. If working with an injured athlete engaged in rehabilitation, the Strength and Conditioning Coach will consult with the sports medicine or athletic training staff. The Strength and Conditioning Coach is responsible for maintaining the strength and conditioning facility, and for establishing policies, plans, and procedures for the safety and professional operation of the facility.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement strength training and conditioning programs in‐season, off‐season, and preseason for all school‐sanctioned male and female athletic programs in a manner that reflects research driven practices and our country's Long‐Term Athletic/Fitness Development Model. 
  • Work in cooperation with the sports medicine or athletic training staff in the rehabilitation and strengthening of injured athletes.  
  • Facilitate a collaborative relationship among sport coaches, sports medicine, and the strength and conditioning staff.
  • Design and implement policies and procedures for the strength and conditioning program in accordance with the Strength and Conditioning Professional Standards Guidelines.
  • Develop systems for tracking athlete attendance and athlete progress in conjunction with the sport coaches.
  • Conduct an annual needs analysis for each sport team in conjunction with the sport coaches and the team’s athletic trainer at the conclusion of each sport season.
  • Annually conduct and review a departmental risk management plan.
  • Complete an annual budgetary proposal for the program that includes routine maintenance, purchase of new equipment, and staffing needs.
  • Determine and reinforce expectations for athlete conduct that mirror the school’s expectations.


  • BS in Kinesiology or related field. Masters preferred.
  • Minimum experience of 2-3 years in field.
  • A current relevant professional certification credentialed by an independent accreditation agency—for example, the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification.
  • Current standard first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillation (A ED) certifications.
  • A strong working knowledge and teaching skills in analysis and techniques of strength training. 
  • Experience and/or expertise in strength and conditioning programming for collegiate populations. 
  • Strong motivational abilities.
  • Evidence of ability to interact positively with student athletes, colleagues, and the public. 
  • Evidence of strong organizational skills and effective oral and written communication skills.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to demonstrate the appropriate skills and techniques to be used by the athletes.
  • Ability to visually monitor athletes.
  • Sitting, standing, lifting and carrying (up to 50 pounds), reaching, squatting, climbing stairs, kneeling, and moving equipment/boxes up to 50 lbs.

Safety and Health Requirements

  • Current standard first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillation (AED) certifications.
  • Knowledge of universal hygiene precautions.
  • Knowledge of current Strength and Conditioning Professional Standards and Guidelines.

Equipment/Materials Handled

  • Must know how to operate strength training equipment, automated external defibrillator (AED), and sports aid equipment.

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 Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting 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: 01/26/2023
Department: Athletics
Employment Type: Full-Time (40 hours)
Position Type: Staff
We are no longer taking applications for this position.