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Position: Dalhousie Tigers Assistant Football Coach – Defensive Coordinator (Volunteer)

Reports to: Head Football Coach

To apply: Please send football resume and cover letter to HC Mark Haggett, Interviews will be conducted through February. This position will be awarded March 1st 2018.

Scope: The defensive coordinator is responsible for coordinating the defensive unit of the team, including practice and game planning and management. In addition, they are accountable for coordination of assistant coaches in each defensive position (defensive coaching staff will already be in place). Reporting to the Head Football Coach, added responsibilities include assisting the head coach in all facets of the team to develop a quality AFL program that will be competitive within the league and on the field. When available the Defensive Coordinator will also monitor a region in Atlantic Canada for the recruitment of quality student athletes.

Basic Responsibilities – Include the following but not limited to:

  • Plan, organize and conduct all practices for the defensive unit, including daily on field coaching and management at all practice sessions and games.
  • Organize game preparation, including film breakdown; develop game plans and scouting reports related to the defensive unit for each contest.
  • Develop an annual defensive playbook and teaching progression.
  • Supervise and evaluate all defensive assistant coaches.
  • Schedule and manage film sessions and meetings for all defensive positions.
  • Demonstrate leadership, sportsmanship, and conduct becoming of the coaching profession adhering to all Dalhousie and AFL guidelines


  • One to three years of High School and/or College coaching experience as a coordinator will be an asset. Equivalent position coaching or playing experience will be considered. Ability to game plan, read offences and execute practice plan.
  • Must be assertive, cooperative, flexible, tactful, dependable, logical, and work in a collaborative manner with Coaches and athletes.
  • Must be able to deal with discretion in confidential and sensitive issues, problem solve and work independently while maintaining the decorum as a representative of the University.
  • Must be able to utilize the following programs: Excel, Word, Outlook, Hudl.
  • NCCP and/or other coaching certifications is an asset.

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