I applied for a Division I head coaching job in the Mid-Atlantic the other day, as well as for a combined men’s and women’s head coaching position at an NAIA school in the central part of the US. Not sure about the fit for either one, but it doesn’t cost anything to submit. Also submitted for a second Mid-Atlantic head coach job at a school where the current coach just took a new position. It looks to be a re-building situation as the team is graduating about a half dozen foreign seniors and basically just has freshmen left.

I finally bit the bullet and applied for a Division III head job near Chicago after dragging my feet for a few days. The “additional” duties thing always gives me pause. Many of the ones I’ve seen up to now have involved teaching duties, but this one did not specify. The school looks to be in prime recruitment territory, which makes it intriguing, especially since recent performance hasn’t been very good.

I also put in for a DI assistant job in the mid-Atlantic area. It was one I didn’t initially go for as the staff is already all-male and it looks likely to be a 2nd Assistant job. It’s a decent geography, though, so I figured what the heck. I doubt anything will come of it, but it’s another chance to get my name out there for potential future benefits. I skipped a Division I assistant job where they wanted Gold Medal Squared knowledge/experience and another where the salary was too low (middle to upper 20s).

Word came down the the other day that the Alaska-Fairbanks coach had been sacked for recruiting violations. That opens up a Division II head job, but not exactly one in a location I’m overly keen to try out.

In terms of rejections, add the Coastal Carolina, and Florida International assistant positions to the pile. No posting of a new hire yet, but I got “…your application is no longer under consideration” emails. The UNC Charlotte and Eastern Michigan head job have been filled.. Likewise with the Albany assistant post. I’ve also heard that they are close to filling another head job I thought I had a really good shot of at least getting a call for, which is annoying.

I did a couple of follow-up emails this week for jobs I’ve recently put in for. We’ll see if they spur any higher level of interest.

I actually had a friend ask if I thought being in England was causing me problems. I’ll admit, it’s something I’ve thought about.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

    2 replies to "Volleyball Coaching Job Search Log – Feb 20, 2015"

    • Kelly Daniels

      I guess I’m out of the loop how interviews are done now in days. Being in England I would imagine face to face interviews would be an expensive challenge.

      • John Forman

        Yeah, travel across the Atlantic for interviews definitely isn’t cheap these days. I have begun thinking to add something about covering all or part of that expense myself to my cover letter to maybe allay some of those concerns. That said, there are loads of options for doing at least initial stage conversations online or over the phone at basically zero cost.

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