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Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach

Olivet College
Job Location:
Olivet, Michigan
Athletics and Coaching

Olivet College is located in south central Michigan in the town of Olivet, MI, which is a close knit, rural community offering quiet streets and natural surroundings, yet is not more than 30 minutes from the larger cities of Lansing and Battle Creek. Both are small enough to be friendly and large enough to boast many of the big city amenities. 

Olivet College was founded in 1844 on the principle that the future of humanity rests in the hands, hearts and minds of those who will take responsibility for themselves and others in an increasingly diverse society. Open since its founding to all regardless of race, gender or ability to pay, Olivet is one of the most diverse private liberal arts institutions in the state and actively seeks diversity in its students and employees. 

The student body is composed of a strong mixture of first-generation, urban, rural and students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, with 50 percent qualifying annually for Federal Pell Grants. Olivet College faculty and staff are committed to providing personalized, individualized attention for students who seek academic and personal success. Olivet College competes in Division III of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the oldest athletic conference in the nation.

Position Summary

The successful candidate will possess the ability to recruit, develop, coach and manage a collegiate men’s and women’s tennis program within the standards of Olivet College, the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Details follow this posting.


The ideal candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree and adequate knowledge about the fundamentals and strategies of tennis obtained through previously coaching at the high school and/or college level. Must be able to be cleared to drive college vehicles.

Along with the educational and sport experience, serious consideration will be given to the candidate who’s characteristics coincide with the following principals: maintain and promote the academic pursuits of Olivet College student-athletes; comply with and reinforce the Comet Athletic Program’s rules and mission; acts professionally and communicates appropriately with the College’s students, coaches, administration, staff, alumni and spectators; willingness to develop professionally.


Competitive annual salary and comprehensive benefits package, including tuition remission programs.

Application Process

Click on the "Online Application Form", select this position and then click on the “Apply” button. From here, follow the instructions for completing the profile, application and uploading your cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references.

Olivet College is an equal opportunity employer and takes affirmative steps to employ women and individuals from historically underrepresented minority groups.


  1. Directs the operations of the Olivet College men’s & women’s tennis programs within the standards of Olivet College, the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
  2. Educates/coaches student-athletes in the game of tennis.
  3. Recruits prospective student-athletes according to the enrollment goals and admissions standards of Olivet College and the eligibility requirements of the MIAA, NCAA, and ITA.
  4. Selects team members.
  5. Schedules and coordinates game schedules, team tryouts, practices, meetings, individual workouts and conditioning sessions.
  6. Coordinates the issuance, care, inventory and collection of equipment, uniforms and supplies for tennis. Submits appropriate equipment inventory forms to the Athletic Director within the requested times.
  7. Manages sports’ budget and coordinate fund raising activities.
  8. Purchases and manages team equipment and supplies.
  9. Coordinates facility usage for tennis programs.
  10. Assists with home event set-up, management and clean up.
  11. Assists with supervision, management, set-up and clean up at home tennis events.
  12. Submits complete team roster and inventory forms to the Athletic Director.
  13. Ensures the proper completion of physical examinations and all forms relating to the examinations and emergency medical authorization before a student participates.
  14. Selects and assigns duties and responsibilities to assistant coaches with the approval of the Athletic Director.
  15. Coordinates and leads one team community service project during each academic year.
  16. Supervises student-athletes at all times including practices, meetings, workouts, travel and other team functions.
  17. Attends all athletic department meetings and appropriate college functions (pep rallies, homecoming, Hall of Fame inductions, etc.).
  18. Exhibits appropriate conduct with students, coaches, administration, staff, alumni, spectators, officials and opponents at all times.
  19. Collects and submits appropriate student-athlete eligibility forms.
  20. Provides leadership that promotes positive attitudes and good sportsmanship.
  21. Notifies all members of the team of all Comet Athletic Program’s policies, procedures and training rules as they pertain to the team.
  22. Be responsible for the conduct of student-athletes and other involved students at all times-practices, games, travel, other schools, etc.
  23. Maintains current certifications in CPR and First Aid to be held on file in the Office of Athletics.
  24. Submits driving record verification for use of institutional vehicles.
  25. Works within the missions and philosophies of the Comet Athletic Program and Olivet College.
  26. Exhibits personal conduct that promotes attitudes and behaviors among student-athletes that coincide with the policies outlined in the Comet Athletic Handbook.
  27. Makes decisions that positively affects the Comet Athletic Program.
  28. Establishes an environment in which Comet student-athletes are encouraged to develop self-esteem and a positive self-image.
  29. Maintains a proper perspective regarding the priorities of academic and athletics at Olivet College.
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