Head Coach, Men's and Women's Polo


Cornell University

2018-12-11 16:54:01

Job location Ithaca, New York, United States

Job type: fulltime

Job industry: Community & Sport

Job description

Job Description
Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.

Cornell University is a NCAA Division I institution and a member of the Ivy League. The university fields teams in 37 intercollegiate sports and provides a comprehensive physical education program. The university is committed to the following: excellence in academics and athletics; gender equity and diversity in its programs; a well-balanced and broad-based intercollegiate athletics program.

Cornell University welcomes applications for the position of Head Coach of nationally competitive men and women's intercollegiate polo teams. Primary responsibilities include coaching teams, managing and providing daily animal care, and assisting with day-to-day facility operations.

Coaching Teams:

This position will coach approximately 35 student athletes. Prepare team for practice and competitions in accordance with Ivy League, NCAA, and University policies. Prepare, administer and monitor team budget, animal care records and other documents and related gift accounts on a regular basis. Direct athlete training and skills development in team practices/workouts and individual skill sessions. Organize and execute team practice and conditioning sessions. Work in cooperation with the trainers and other staff (strength & conditioning coach, equipment, sports information, facilities) assigned to the team. Participate with supervision in preparing a nationally competitive schedule, work with the travel coordinator to plan away trips and supervise the activities of volunteer assistant coaches. Communicate with alumni and friends of the program

Managing and Providing Daily Animal Care:

The head coach will manage and perform all aspects of caring for approximately 35 horses, not limited to farrier, chiropractor and veterinarian services, daily feeding, turning out the horses, visual health inspection, and clean up. Maintain accurate records of vaccinations, coggins, de-worming and medical and health records. Schedule horse care duties as they pertain to team members and paid staff. Co-manage with the Oxley Barn Manager with management of the herd, catering to individual horse needs.

Day-to-Day Facility Operations Assistance:

This position will also assist with day-to-day maintenance of the Oxley Equestrian Center including dragging the rings for the multiple types of users. Must be available during breaks and intercessions for horse care duties and supervise volunteers.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree; 3 years of experience or equivalent.
  • Prior successful coaching experience with a peer-level or high caliber team.
  • Must be able to work cooperatively and productively with other coaches, barn managers, and facility users.
  • Candidates must be detail-oriented
  • Candidates must have a clean driving record, and the ability to drive a truck and horse trailer and pursue securing a CDL License.
  • No visa sponsorship available for this position


Working Environment

  • Typically lifts 30 to 50 lbs
  • Close concentration
  • Working conditions, include no or limited exposure to hazardous conditions/materials/equipment, but do include outdoor activities in variable and/or inclement weather conditions, as well as typical travel conditions. Safety gear may be required at times. Please note: Inherent risk of injury is a fundamental element of work with large animals.


Internal Number: WDR-

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