Head Coach | Women's Ice Hockey

Rivier University is seeking a dynamic head coach for the Women’s Ice inter-collegiate Hockey Team who will have responsibility for developing the program as a new sport and guiding the University Athletics Department in all aspects of the initiation, development, and implementation of the program.

Rivier University is initiating a women’s hockey program to begin NCAA DIII intercollegiate play for the 2021-2022 season.

The ideal candidate adheres to the NCAA Division III philosophy, possesses outstanding communication skills, exhibits dynamic leadership and motivational abilities, strives for excellence in teaching and student-athlete development, has highly effective recruiting skills, and thrives in a collaborative team environment.

This is a full-time 9-month (Academic year) position with head coaching responsibilities and other department duties as assigned.

Rivier University is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC).


The successful candidate must coordinate and implement all aspects of a competitive ice hockey program within the rules and regulations of the NCAA, GNAC and Rivier University. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to recruiting qualified student-athletes, conducting practices, coaching at games, advising students, developing players’ skills and leadership, scheduling, maintaining team budgets, scouting, organizing and directing camps and clinics and other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics.  Assist with initiating and maintaining NCAA DIII intercollegiate hockey conference membership. All applicants must be able to travel to and from games and represent the University at all appropriate GNAC and/or conference events and meetings.  The Head Coach of the Women’s Ice Hockey team will keep varying work hours, which can be any day of the week depending on game, ice time availability for practice and recruiting schedules.


Bachelor’s degree with prior coaching experience and knowledge in working with diverse populations is required, USA Hockey Coaching Level I certification.  Commitment to student-athletes and NCAA Division III philosophy and knowledge of NCAA III, Rivier University, and Great Northeast Athletics Conference rules and regulations.  The qualified candidate must be willing to work with Admissions personnel to actively recruit qualified student-athletes.  Must possess high energy and motivational levels, creativity, strong interpersonal and communication skills, willingness to contribute as a team member to the athletic staff.   Candidate must hold a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree with five (5) years’ previous collegiate coaching experience. Demonstrated initiative and motivation to build, develop, and sustain a new program

Special Instructions to all Applicants

A job offer for this position is contingent upon a satisfactory Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and background check and review.

Applications Instructions

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, transcripts (unofficial is fine for applying) and the contact information of three (3) professional references to jobs@rivier.edu. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior authorization.

For additional information about this opportunity, please review the comprehensive position profile.

Rivier University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Rivier University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, veteran, or marital status in admission or access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities, and Title IX requires that the University not discriminate on the bases stated above. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding Title IX and the nondiscrimination policies:

Director of Human Resources, Justine Caron, located in Molloy Hall, ext. 8210 while students may also contact Kurt Stimeling, Vice President for Student Affairs, located in Dion Center, ext. 8249.

Prospective employees are encouraged to review the University’s Annual Security Report (ASR), in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which can be found here.

About Us

Rivier University has the advantage of a central New England location in a thriving small city less than 50 miles from metropolitan Boston. With a student population of 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students, the University is recognized for academic excellence, a strong liberal arts program, and professional career preparation in various fields.

Rivier University is dedicated to its mission of transforming hearts and minds to serve the world.  Rivier is guided by the faith heritage, intellectual tradition, and social teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The faculty and staff are engaged in the education of the whole person in the context of an open and inclusive academic community that cultivates critical thought, sound judgment, and respect for all people.  We especially encourage candidates who are committed to enhancing the racial, ethnic, or cultural diversity of the University to apply.