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Head Coach, Cheerleading

Date: Jun 5, 2019

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University


American University (Division I, Patriot League) is seeking a Head Coach for the Cheerleading Team, which falls under the American University Athletics Department. The Head Coach will play an integral role in building the overall reputation and success of the American University Cheerleading Team and program. The Head Coach will manage all operations for the Cheerleading Team, including practices, games, appearances, and competition at NCA College Nationals. The individual for this position will report to the Spirit Coordinator(s) and Sports Administrator/Supervisor.

Job Responsibilites include:

  • Recruiting and maintaining a team of at least 12 cheerleaders
  • Scheduling and coaching practices and appearances
  • Coaching game day performances at home basketball games
  • Preparing team to compete at NCA College Nationals by building stunt, tumbling, jump, and dance skills
  • Monitoring student-athlete development, skill progression, and safety
  • Establishing and enforcing team standards of conduct
  • Assisting with American University Spirit Program fundraising efforts
  • Growing and fostering a comprehensive program, this includes internal and external relationship building with student-athletes, alumni, and other contributors and/or collaborators with the program

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

Approximately 20 hours/week

Required Education and Experience


  • A Bachelor's degree is required
  • Must have at least one year of collegiate or all-star cheerleading coaching experience (assistant or head coach), with preference given to candidates with three or more years of experience
  • Must be AACCA certified or willing to complete AACCA certification training
  • Must possess strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated talent in building cohesive teams
  • Strong decision making and conflict resolution skills
  • Applicant must be available on nights and weekends - including each home basketball game, possible tournament play (Patriot League, NCAA, etc.), and NCA College Nationals (Annually, early to mid-April)

Preferred Education and Experience

Familiarity with NCA all-girl technique and style is highly preferred. Choreography ability is a plus, but is not mandatory


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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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