Grand Rapids
Posted 4 weeks ago

Job Summary:

The Head Varsity Tennis Coach is directly responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of the tennis program from the sub-varsity to varsity level in accordance with the school’s mission of forming Disciples of Christ through a dynamic, excellence-driven Catholic education. The Head Tennis Coach will strive to help each individual achieve a higher value of discipline, teamwork, good sportsmanship, academic achievement and self-esteem.

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

The following statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job:

  • This individual will serve as a positive role model for students, coaching staff and the community while
    upholding the values of the Catholic faith
  •  Provides leadership that develops and promotes a unified athletic philosophy
  •  Cultivates relationships with current and prospective students
  • Demonstrates proper sportsmanlike conduct and respect for players, officials, opponents, fans and other
  • Understands and maintains the standards of the West Catholic Athletic Handbook
  • Maintains good public relations with media, boosters, parents, officials, players and fans
  • Manages athletic activities, contests and practice sessions to promote individual growth in athletic skills,
    teamwork, discipline, respect and good sportsmanship
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with students, parents, staff and school
  • Works with other members of school staff to plan and put in place instructional goals and objectives to
    ensure the overall educational development of student-athletes
  • Ensures that all tennis coaches work together toward a common goal within the tennis program and
    provide unity for grades 9-12
  • Establishes performance criteria for competition and evaluates students’ athletic abilities on a regular
  • Takes all necessary precautions to protect student-athletes
  • Conducts a parent meeting prior to the start of the season
  • Motivates student-athletes to participate and sustain interest in the program
  • Monitors and enforces student eligibility criteria for extracurricular participation
  • Works with the Athletic Director to schedule competitions and coordinate arrangements
  • Supervises student-athletes during athletic competitions and program functions
  • Instructs and advises students on NCAA regulations with regard to academic requirements for
    scholarships and recruiting practices
  • Maintains proper files and copies of all pertinent MHSAA, OK Conference and West Catholic athletic
    policies, ensuring these guidelines are followed
  • Applies and enforces student discipline during athletic contests, practice sessions, and while on trips
    off school property in accordance with Student Code of Conduct and student handbook
  • Encourages sportsmanlike conduct in all phases of athletic participation at all times
  • Establishes and maintains open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students,
    principals, teachers and administration
  • Understands, supports and performs roles in admissions, development and advancement
  • Follows the set fundraising policies and procedures set by the development office
  • Attends, participates and promotes West Catholic fundraising events

Qualifications / Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school is preferred
  • College or high school coaching experience is preferred
  • Proven leadership of running a tennis program is preferred
  • Must have a desire to work in a Catholic school and a concern for the well-being of student-athletes
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the game is paramount; extensive knowledge of current coaching
    techniques and procedures
  • Knowledge of MHSAA, OK Conference and West Catholic Athletic Handbook policies, with
    demonstrated commitment to adhering to policies/standards


  • Ability to establish a strong rapport with all stakeholders, the community and colleges/universities
    through positive representation and communication
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to inquiries or complaints from students
    and/or parents
  • Possess a high level of interpersonal skills, such as discretion, courtesy, integrity and flexibility, to
    establish and maintain effective and positive relationships with administrators, peers, student-athletes,
    community members and the general public
  • Ability to relate to students and to teach them on and off the field
  • Willingness to embrace a high level of accountability
  • Possess the ability to assess players and coaches effectively
  • Maintains poise under stressful situations
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and work independently and collaboratively, producing quality work in a
    timely manner
  • Ability to make consistent decisions by establishing program standards and expectations
  • Serves as a role model for all students, joyfully living their Catholic faith

Performance Keys:

  • Functionality within the mission of West Catholic High School
  • Team discipline with consistent accountability for program standards
  • Athlete, personal and coach development
  • Program competitiveness
  • Strength and speed development (year-round)
  • Operational integrity and supervision community (internal and external)

Working Conditions (Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors)

  • Frequent district-wide and statewide travel
  • Frequent prolonged and irregular hours

Application Process:

Please send a cover letter, resume and references to Megan Pittman at [email protected]. We
will reach out to references later in the interview process.

Deadline: Until position is filled. Interviews will take place immediately.



To form Disciples of Christ through a dynamic, excellence-driven Catholic education


Inspired by St. John Paul II, West Catholic High School is dedicated to the transformation of students who
will live their earthly and eternal lives as humble servants of God.

West Catholic High School is a Grand Rapids Diocesan school located in the northwest corner of the City of Grand Rapids. Its sprawling campus sits on 42 acres surrounded by trees. Established in 1962, it is a co-educational college preparatory institution providing a dynamic Catholic culture for excellent academic instruction and faith formation, and many and varied extracurricular activities.

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