The Phelps School seeks a leader for its highly successful college-prep basketball program. The head coach must be an enthusiastic motivator and an effective communicator who focuses on character development, sportsmanship, teamwork, and life skills to help student-athletes become successful competitors and better men. High school basketball players enroll at Phelps each year specifically to join the school’s outstanding program, with hopes of being recruited to play at the college level. The head coach plans and conducts recruitment of student-athletes and works closely with the Admissions Office in the enrollment process for prospective team members.
Like all faculty members at Phelps, the head basketball coach serves as an advisor to as many as five students and is fully involved in co-curricular programs as, for example, a weekend trip chaperone and community-service project supervisor. Some faculty members reside on campus and serve as dorm parents (supervisors). Others live locally and commute to and from campus each day. All are dynamic men and women dedicated to helping each boy become a better man – in and out of the classroom.
The Head Basketball Coach’s primary responsibilities:
Ensure that all aspects of the basketball program support school policies and enhance The Phelps School’s mission in helping boys become better men.
Teach basketball skill sets and techniques to improve individual and team performance.
Ensure clear communication of and compliance with rules for players’ conduct and eligibility.
Provide a safe environment for learning and for physical, social, and emotional development.
Organize and submit purchase requests for team uniforms, supplies, and equipment.
With the Athletic Director, schedule transportation to games. (Coaches must be able to drive school vehicles to away games and other basketball events.)
Always model sportsmanship and professionalism toward opponents, officials, and spectators.
Exhibit excellent interpersonal skills and work well with people from diverse backgrounds.
Focus on resolving conflicts, listening to others, keeping emotions under control, remaining open to others’ ideas, and building positive team spirit.
Encourage and expect basketball teammates to be enthusiastic, positive leaders in all aspects of student life at Phelps.
Other duties will depend upon the coach’s background and interests in teaching or administration. Ideally, the coach will live on campus and serve on the residential life staff, with housing and utilities provided. “Day faculty” status (living off campus) may be considered but is not preferred. Candidates must hold bachelor's degrees and have proven records of basketball coaching success.