Assistant coaches are responsible for assisting head coaches in planning, organizing, and evaluating all aspects of the athletic group they represent. This is done in a variety of ways, such as helping to run practice sessions, motivating athletes, and instructing them on how to follow through with strategies set out by the head coach. In many cases, the specific duties of assistant coaches are dependent on the head coach. For example, some head coaches will give their assistants direct coaching responsibilities, whereas other coaches require assistant coaches to respond entirely to the head coach's directives. They are usually responsible for preparatory tasks, such as procuring and maintaining equipment (unless the organization has an equipment manager). At other times, they may assist with administrative tasks, such as collecting and reviewing applications from prospective players or keeping statistics of players during practices and games. They also discuss strategies and decisions with the head coach.
Assistant coaches may be employed by a variety of organizations, such as large sports companies, university and school sports teams, or local sports groups. Their working hours depend on their employer. For example, assistant coaches with sports teams may only work a few short days a week during practices and matches, whereas professional assistant coaches may work long hours that include weekends.
Working as an assistant coach demands a high level of physical fitness. Many head coaches begin as assistant coaches. Most employers expect at least a bachelor's degree in physical education or a related field, and many prefer a master's.
Assistant Coach Tasks
Provide head coach with assistance in all areas of the program.
Promote program, assist with outreach, sports camps and clinics and other activities.
Recruit and evaluate athletes.
Instruct athletes during practices and training.