Assistant Sports Performance/Nutrition Coach

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Barton College is seeking an Assistant Sports Performance/Nutrition Coach. This position serves 24 Division II sports programs and reports to the Director of Sports Performance in the Department of Athletics.

Responsibilities include assisting in designing, organizing, implementing, facilitating, overseeing, and evaluating all facets of the Athletic Strength and Conditioning Program. This includes educational (nutrition and training), monitoring, and supervisory components as well as working within the strength center. This position will work closely with the School of Allied Health and Sport Studies, equipment staff, sports medicine staff, athletics staff, and the Director of Athletics; and it works collaboratively with relevant constituent groups. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serving in an advisory role to the Head Sports Performance Coach in evaluating all aspects of strength and conditioning for all student-athletes and providing insight into possible improvements that can be made.
  • Ensuring that Athletics Department personnel, student-athletes, and support staff collaborate with the Sports Medicine Staff to thoroughly design a coverage plan and emergency medical procedures for on- and off-season conditioning and lifting.
  • Knowing NCAA and conference rules as they apply to training teams and individuals in and out of season.
  • Facilitating learning of proper lifting, spotting, and safety techniques.
  • Keeping current records of all student-athletes that are training on a quarterly basis.
  • Developing a communication system and scheduling with the Sports Medicine staff member assigned to each sport for updates on student-athletes’ injuries and ability to train.
  • Developing summer and off-season programs for designated sports and keeping accurate records and supervision.
  • Communicating problems, issues, and program improvement ideas involving the strength and conditioning area to the immediate supervisor and the Athletics Director.
  • Learning and researching team and individual conditioning, specific training methods, and activities.
  • Conducting periodic assessment of physical skills to assess effectiveness of programming and to implement changes.
  • Meeting with head coaches of designated sports to assess needs and plan programs.
  • Developing educational programming on sports nutrition for all athletics teams.
  • Working with teams and coaches to maximize nutrition while traveling.
  • Assisting teams and individuals with strategies to maximize nutrition for optimal performance, training, and recovery.
  • Assisting in development and implementation of facility procedures.
  • Helping to ensure the facility is well maintained and is safe and functional for the training of athletes.

Work Environment

This job operates primarily in the Sports Performance Center. Safety and supervision are essential aspects of this position. This job requires awareness of the surroundings and the ability to communicate well and work productively with others.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position can be sedentary at times and at other times may require a high degree of physical activity associated with the differing aspects of the role. Some lifting requires the ability to lift weights of at least 50 pounds. Additional physical demands include demonstrating training activities, walking, and standing for long periods of time associated with training athletes in a sports performance program.


  • Certification in sports nutrition preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field with a minimum of one year of experience working in collegiate strength and conditioning or a related area preferred (Nutrition degree optimal)
  • Must also possess one of the following certifications:
    • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certification – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS)
    • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association Certification – Strength and Coach Certified (CSCCa-SCCC)
  • Proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet software, social media platforms, and others as needed
  • Proficiency in designing, implementing, and administering sports performance training programs
  • Ability to work successfully with students, College staff/faculty, coaches, the community, and media representatives
  • Ability to effectively operate in a fast-paced environment and to work independent of direct supervision
  • Proficiency in organizational and planning skills and ability to be detailed-oriented
  • Other:
    • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
    • Demonstrated commitment to a diverse work environment, including working with multicultural populations and an understanding of and sensitivity to issues affecting women and minorities

Application Process

To apply, send a letter of application, resume/vita, contact information (email addresses and telephone numbers) for at least three references, and proof of certification to Human Resources at

Barton College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and welcomes all applicants. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Any claims of discrimination for Title IX or otherwise should be directed to our Title IX Coordinator, Victoria A. Morris at P.O. Box 5000, Wilson, NC 27893 (Phone: 252-399-6330 or email

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