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Assistant Football Coach (Defense)

The Assistant Football Coach works with the defensive line of the University of Mary football program. The university is an NCAA Division II institution and participates in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities Include:

  • Coaches Defensive Line
  • Coaches a 3 Front system
  • Coordinates recruitment, setting up visits and follow-up meetings with potential student athletes
  • Assists with monitoring the academic progress of student athletes
  • Scouts opponents
  • Assists with film breakdown
  • Assists with planning practices and preparing for games
  • Assists with post signing day documents for admissions
  • Assists with the organization of football camps and clinics
  • Assists with other duties as assigned by head coach

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Masters’ Degree preferred
  • Previous experience coaching quarterback/running back positions, preferably in a triple-option system, and/or experience recruiting preferred
  • Upholds and promotes the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary
  • Supports the ongoing implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic colleges and universities
  • Builds a culture of ready and earnest hospitality in the office of Athletics and throughout the university in accord with Saint Benedict’s admonition that all be received as Christ

Knowledge and Skills include:

  • Working knowledge of NCAA rules, standards, practices, and procedures
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Passion to be a highly transformational coach
  • Desire to serve and lead young men
  • Knowledge and commitment to facilitate and guide spiritual development
  • Drive to recruit and develop great players
  • Ability to comply with NCAA regulations
  • Clear commitment to a tradition of athletic and academic success for student athletes
  • Excellent communication skills

In keeping with the University’s strategic plan Vision 2030, this position requires thoughtful commitment to the University’s unique philosophy of collegiate athletics (please see Candidates will want to demonstrate clearly in their application materials both an ability and a willingness to understand and champion this vision, which is the bringing together of sport and true virtue.

University of Mary Marauders Athletics

The University of Mary is a member of NCAA Division II and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and offers nine varsity sports for women and eight for men. U-Mary became an active member of the NCAA in 2007. The process took only three years after the NCAA waived the final two provisional years, making the University of Mary’s transition to active membership one of the quickest in the organization’s history. The Marauders began competing in the NSIC in the fall of 2006.

Marauders History

Athletics at the University of Mary began in 1970 when Fritz Fell was brought on board to start a men’s basketball program. Al Bortke succeed Fell in 1973 as the men’s basketball coach and athletic director and over the next 36 years would develop an athletic program that enjoyed tremendous success at the NAIA level and later in NCAA Division II. After achieving a record of 335-156 in 16 years as the men’s basketball coach that included 11 20-win seasons, Bortke became U-Mary’s first full-time athletic director in 1989. During Bortke’s tenure, U-Mary grew from one varsity sport (men’s basketball) to 19, as the Marauders athletic program became a national power in the NAIA. A member of both the Marauders and NAIA athletic halls of fame, Bortke spearheaded the University of Mary’s move to NCAA Division II.

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We welcome your interest in joining the University of Mary. To apply, email a letter of interest and resume to or mail to University of Mary, Attn: Human Resources, 7500 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504.

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