Cornell College
  • 19-Nov-2019 to 18-Jan-2020 (CST)
  • Mt Vernon, IA, USA
  • Full Time

Cornell College, a residential liberal arts college and a member of the Midwest Conference of the NCAA Division III located in Mount Vernon, IA, is seeking nominations and applications for a Head Football Coach. Cornell has competed in football for 128 years. This is a full-time, year-round position reporting to the Director of Athletics.

The Head Coach will manage the football program, including:

  • The Head Coach will provide leadership and overall direction for the football program
  • Recruitment and retention of football student-athletes
  • Ensure institutional, NCAA, and Midwest Conference Compliance regulations are met as head coach
  • Selection and management of assistant and volunteer coaches;
  • In close partnership with the Office of Admission, organize and implement a successful recruiting plan to yield an appropriate number of qualified student-athletes for the football program, including oversight of the communication flow;
  • Manage the physical conditioning and skills development techniques for student-athletes;
  • Complete necessary postseason administrative duties;
  • Provide general counsel, guidance, mentorship and inspiration to student-athletes regarding their overall success at Cornell College;
  • Assist, as needed, in developing positive alumni relations and working closely with development with fundraising efforts to support a competitive Division III athletics program;
  • Demonstrate community involvement with active leadership as a positive role model, including participation in team-based community service projects and encouragement of student-athlete participation.

About Cornell College

Cornell College, a deeply student-focused selective liberal arts college, is distinguished by its One Course At A Time curriculum, a philosophy which allows students more opportunities for off-campus study, full-time internships, and research blocks. Academic immersion and unparalleled flexibility, thanks to the One Course Calendar, attract an ambitious student body from nearly all 50 US states and territories and many foreign countries. External endorsements include selection as one of the Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, and a Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buy. Founded in 1853, Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities, ranging from the majestic King Chapel to the newly constructed Russell Science Center. It is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, an urban fringe community recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of the ICR Iowa region.

Cornell College is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects its diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities. We believe in the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion that serve to enrich and strengthen our campus community.


Cornell College is seeking an experienced collegiate football coach with a record of success teaching the game of football and its strategies, motivating a team to compete at its best level, and selecting and leading a staff who bring skill and integrity to the program. We expect the selected candidate to have earned a bachelor's degree and have collegiate football experience, preferably as a head coach or coordinator. Prior recruiting and coaching experience at an institution similar to Cornell College is desirable. 

CarrSports Consulting, LLC will serve as counsel for this search. Suggestions for the search and/or comments regarding specific candidates may be forwarded to CarrSports consultants Bill Carr and Mike Thomas at

Application Procedure

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three references through Cornell's online application system.  Applications may be submitted until the position is filled.

All materials submitted by applicants for this position will be kept in the strictest confidence to protect the applicant.  

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-Free Air Act, utilizes E-Verify, and requires the satisfactory completion of a background check.

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