Woodberry Forest School is seeking a head varsity football coach for the 2017-18 school year. As a member of the Virginia Prep League, Woodberry has a rich academic and athletic tradition and is deeply committed to helping our boys develop into leaders in service to others dating back to the school’s founding in 1889. We are seeking a coach who will facilitate our continued pursuit of excellence in football and academics. Academics and athletics combine with the arts, outdoor programming, and residential life, fulfilling the “whole boy” experience we cherish. In that vein, the head football coach plays a vital role in the intentional character development of each boy while establishing a highly competitive, positive , and inclusive culture for the entire football program, freshman through varsity. The head coach will build within the program and demonstrate in his own actions the qualities embodied by the vision and mission of Woodberry Forest School.
Specific characteristics, duties and responsibilities:
● Is a positive leader of the entire football program developing a plan to integrate fundamental teaching at all levels.
The coach will build boys up emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually.
● Encourage a sense of belonging for all boys who are a part of the program through building relationships with and
among the boys.
● Understands the academic responsibilities of the boys and follows their progress as students.
● Will communicate and collaborate with others in and outside of the Woodberry community in support of the boys’
● Explicitly develop a method of teaching values and character to the boys.
● Values a meritocracy and builds a belief among boys that achievement comes through hard work
● Has a deep understanding of all aspects of football from a tactical, learning and best practices perspective, one that will
result in sustained competitive excellence.
● Values strength & conditioning, nutrition and playing multiple sports in helping the boys to realize their full potential as
● Builds relationships with member schools in our league. Is seen as a leader among this group with respect to a
collaborative effort to make the league stronger.
● Understands the VISAA and VPL policies and rules and supports the implementation of those policies and rules.
● Will be expected to work in partnership with the admissions office to communicate to prospective students and families
the values and ideals of the entire Woodberry community.
● Is capable of supporting players’ transitions to college, inclusive of establishing relationships with college and university
programs in support of the recruiting process.
● Is a reflective learner desiring to continually grow and learn through various means of professional development.
● Will supervise assistant coaches in support of their professional development.
● Develops opportunities for the boys to be involved in community service.
● Develops and runs a summer football camp on campus.
● Bachelor’s degree
● Ability to hold a teaching or administrative position
● Leadership experience within a competitive program
● Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
● Understanding of the nature of boarding schools
● Master’s degree
● Teacher of an academic class
● Demonstrated success in a high school setting
● Please send a cover letter and resume to Sherm Bristow at The Finney Search Group, firstname.lastname@example.org
● All questions can also be directed to The Finney Search Group at 443-794-0387.
● Preference will be given to applications submitted by December 14 with acceptance closing December 31, 2016.
● Pay will be competitive and relative to experience and responsibilities assumed upon employment.
About Woodberry Forest
Woodberry Forest was founded in 1889 by Robert Stringfellow Walker, who was seeking a way to educate his six sons in rural Madison County, Virginia. Since that time, the school has sought to develop young men of intellectual thoroughness and moral integrity. Woodberry was founded on Christian principles and seeks to instill in all students a sense of empathy, as well as an enduring self-confidence that is tempered by genuine humility. The school believes an environment where every student lives on campus is the best way to develop these traits. Woodberry believes that academics, arts, athletics, and community life are all valuable tools for developing these traits in young men.
Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. The school is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin when hiring faculty or staff.