Edmonds College Cross Country Seeks Head Coach


Please Direct Inquiries to:

Name: Spencer Stark, Athletic Director
Phone: 425.280.8338



The men's and women’s cross country coach will be responsible for all aspects of the cross country program, including planning and directing recruitment, conditioning, training, and performance of student-athletes, along with fiscal management, for Edmonds College's Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) cross country program. This position reports to the athletic director. The duties of this position must be conducted in adherence with the policies, rules, and regulations of the NWAC and Edmonds College. 


Must be able to work and interact effectively with other coaches, staff, student-athletes, the general student body, administrators and others of various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Spencer Stark, athletic director, 425.280.8338, or spencer.stark@edmonds.edu.  


Position Responsibilities

Recruit, retain, coach, and provide leadership to a full roster of student-athletes within the rules and regulations of Edmonds College and the NWAC; demonstrate effective competency in teaching individual cross country strategies to players, and organize and plan day-to-day activities, including techniques; assist students in achieving their educational goals, which includes organizing and implementing team study tables, implementing grade tracking systems, and connecting them to remedial support as needed; communicate eligibility guidelines and ensure student-athletes meet those guidelines; maintain a competitive and successful program; hire, supervise, and direct assistant coaches; meet deadlines set forth by the NWAC; work with the athletic administration to ensure all athletes have completed physical exams, athletic paperwork, tracer reports, disclaimers, and any additional required paperwork; comply with NWAC and NCAA rules and regulations and support NWAC and Edmonds College philosophy and mission; transport student-athletes to team events and to away contests; assist in reconciling travel requests; help with necessary arrangements for home meets; develop fundraising strategies to help raise essential funds to support the program; responsible for developing practice and game schedules for fall cross country and spring distance track seasons; facilitate timely processing of appropriate institutional and conference paperwork; inventory and maintenance of all uniforms; must follow proper purchasing procedures as required by the State of Washington and described by the college business office; understand student code of conduct, athletics code of conduct and communicate expectations to student-athletes; be committed to student success; responsible for fostering an environment that provides a quality student-athlete experience; serve as role model in leading team members in developing and displaying appropriate attitudes, sportsmanship and behavior expected of athletic teams representing Edmonds College; represent the college in a positive fashion at all times; other duties as assigned; responsible for the men's and women’s cross country programs as a whole.


For information on how to apply, please see Application Procedures and Required Documents, below.


Qualifications, Knowledge Needed

  • Bachelor's degree (preferred) from an accredited institution;
  • Must possess effective coaching techniques, skills and strategies of cross country;
  • Minimum of one season of experience as coach of a high school or college (preferred) cross country program, or a combination of education and experience commensurate with the requirements of the position;
  • Previous experience as a collegiate cross country student-athlete is not required, but ideal;
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and lead;
  • Strong organizational, management and communication skills with attention to detail;
  • Experience and proficiency in using google drive, google docs, and google sheets;
  • Knowledge of NWAC rules and regulations, and NCAA cross country and track rules;
  • Knowledge of college policies and procedures, marketing, social media, promotion, and athletic facility upkeep;
  • Must be self-motivated and goal-oriented, able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously;
  • Experience in the recruitment process (and strategies) of prospective collegiate student-athletes;
  • Athletic fundraising experience;

Physical Work Environment

Work is typically performed in the gymnasium, on Triton Field outside, or in the weight room. Duties require standing/walking for long periods of time, the ability to demonstrate techniques associated with the sport, and lifting materials in excess of 25 pounds. The ability to communicate clearly is essential. Personal transportation is needed to travel to meetings and for scouting student-athletes. This position also requires driving vans to games.



Coaching stipend is $6,500 with a $2,000 recruiting/retention bonus if objectives are met. There are stipend increases for years of service.


Application Procedures and Required Documents

You cannot apply online for this position. Interested applicants must submit a letter of application speaking directly to the qualifications, a current resume, and three references with contact information to Spencer Stark, athletic director.


Additionally, you must complete, sign, and submit Declaration Regarding Sexual Misconduct (Download PDF reader) to Spencer Stark at spencer.stark@edmonds.edu with your application materials.


Closing Date 

Open until filled. Start date: Immediately


Conditions of Employment

·        You must document your citizenship or employment authorization within three days of hire

·        You must pass a background check

·        You must have a valid Washington State driver's license and have personal automobile insurance

·        You must currently be CPR/First Aid certified, or be able to obtain certification immediately

·        Pass online NWAC coaching tests and certifications

About the College

Established in 1967, Edmonds College is a public, two-year, state college. It focuses on academic excellence, student success, and engagement, which reflect the three aspects of its mission: Teaching | Learning | Community. It serves about 20,000 students annually, including more than 1,000 international students from more than 60 countries. The college offers nearly 70 associate degrees and 60 professional certificates in about 30 programs of study. Its highest enrolled programs are the Associate of Arts/Associate of Science degrees, Paralegal, Allied Health (pre-nursing degree), Business/Accounting, Construction Management, and Culinary Arts. The college is located in the center of the growing south Snohomish County communities of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, and Woodway. Learn more here. For additional information, visit www.edmonds.edu.


EEO/Affirmative Action Statement

Edmonds College is an equal opportunity employer and assures equality of treatment in educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (gender), disability, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, veteran status, or genetic information. Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may call 425-640-1470 and accommodations will be made to the extent reasonably possible. The Human Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities.



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