Head Men’s & Women’s Wrestling Coach

Illinois Wesleyan University, a NCAA Division III institution and member of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin, invites applications for the position of full-time Head Men’s & Women’s Wrestling Coach and Faculty member in the Kinesiology, Sport & Wellness (KSW) Department. 

The Head Men’s & Women’s Wrestling Coach is responsible for directing, supervising and evaluating all aspects of the men’s & women’s wrestling program; recruiting, retaining and graduating student-athletes; hiring, supervising and evaluating assistant coaches; monitoring student athletes academic progress; organizing staff and coordinating practices; assisting with public and media relations efforts; coordinating team community service; developing game schedules; and performing other duties as assigned by the director of athletics. The faculty appointment will not start immediately as the programs are being built.  Advancement to a Director role is possible as the program grows and additional coaches are added.  Successful candidate will adhere to all rules of the CCIW, NCAA, & IWU and will fulfill the requirements and expectations of the Illinois Wesleyan University athletic department.  


  • Player/Individual & Team Development; Provide opportunities for skill development of student athletes. Develop, communicate, research and implement match strategies for competitions. Design, periodize, and implement daily proactive and training schedules for student athletes. Order, inventory and maintain equipment for team
  • Recruiting for University and Program; Identify PSA’s via outreach to High School and Club coaches, recruiting sites and research. Create and develop marketing messaging and material for program. Coordinate recruit visits, travel to high schools and club competitions throughout the country. Execute recruiting plan via social media, phone calls, emails, mailings and in-person/on-campus visits to meet goals
  • Retention of Student-Athletes in program; Meet regularly with student athletes about academics, life and goals. Mentor and assist students in finding resources for career development and planning. Create and foster positive experiences for all students in program
  • Professor in KSW; Lead and promote a healthy lifestyle for general students taking activity course. Instruct courses needed for the major and minor sequence in KSW
  • Alumni Relations and Fundraising; Regularly communicate with alumni, parents and friends of the program.  Coordinate alumni wrestling reunion events to maintain connections


  • Minimum of five years’ experience. Previous coaching and/or playing experience at the collegiate level is preferred. 
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s preferred.
  • Evening, weekend and overnight hours required
  • Valid driver’s license

Illinois Wesleyan University and the Athletics Department are strongly committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. Applicants should provide a clear statement describing their understanding of inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them to contribute to the IWU commitment of building a diverse and inclusive environment.


Application Instructions:

Please email the aforementioned statement, cover letter, resume, and reference list to: 

Mindy McCluskey, Office Coordinator, mmcclusk@iwu.edu. Reference “Men’s & Women’s Wrestling” in the subject line. 


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Final candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation. The final candidate will pass a pre-employment background investigation. 


Illinois Wesleyan University does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

Illinois Wesleyan University’s sexual misconduct policy may be accessed at  www.iwu.edu/human-resources/SexualMisconductPolicy.html.  Illinois Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusive excellence; details at www.iwu.edu/diversity.