Men's Basketball Assistant Coach

Staff Lakewood, Colorado


About the Job

The Assistant Men's Basketball Coach is responsible, along with the head coach, to help student-athletes in their spiritual development. In addition, key duties consist of teaching and developing skill, organization of academics, administration, practice, team travel, and games, player recruitment, promotions, primary programs maintenance, and scouting. The ideal candidate must be able to work in a detail-oriented and highly-structured work environment.

About CCU

Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.

Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914.  CCU’s motto is--grace and truth. This motto comes from John 1.14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (ESV) 

CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.

Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, treasure the gospel, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world in their callings.

CCU embraces an educational model that was present at the foundation of many of the great western and American universities. It is made up of three pillars—competence, character and Christ-centered faith. Secular universities have abandoned two of those pillars. We think this is a major oversight that eventually undermines education. Furthermore, we believe this classical educational model is both life-giving and greatly needed in our time.

A leader in higher education, CCU has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had ten consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

CCU offers more than 200 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its two colleges--the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 9,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online.

What is most appealing about working at CCU?

  1. Faith friendly: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact our culture in support of Christian values?
  2. Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God’s Word.
  3. Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates, while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
  4. Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings and preparing them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of our University's Strategic Priorities.

We’re looking for candidates who have:

  1. Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience required. A minimum of two to five years coaching experience at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) level is preferred.
  2. Positive attitude and ability to work effectively with a variety of personalities. Ability to effectively motivate and supervise student-athletes using a traditional, evangelical Christian approach, and willingly support the CCU athletic department.
  3. Accomplishments in developing basketball skills and bringing out the potential in student-athletes – both in the classroom and on the court.
  4. Demonstrated initiative and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  5. Knowledge of and adherence to all rules and regulations pertaining to the basketball program as established by the NCAA, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), and CCU.
  6. Strong analytical, problem-solving, detail-orientation, and organizational skills.
  7. Strong technology skills, particularly in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Key Job Duties

Mission Contribution

CCU’s mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. The Assistant Men's Basketball Coach is responsible, along with the head coach, to foster Christ-centered community and spiritual development among student-athletes, invest in the team’s ability to succeed in their individual academic goals, and provide opportunities for the team to engage with the world through meaningful service.

Teaching and Mentoring

  1. Develop student-athletes in their spiritual walk in Christ by setting a positive example, leading devotions, and developing other social programs to further a traditional, evangelical Christian ministry.
  2. Counsel and aid student-athletes with attaining career or educational/post college goals, and organize a team retreat.
  3. Spend significant time teaching techniques to develop skills that will improve individual athletes and the team as a whole. Assess opportunities for improvement through observation of practices and games and provide feedback and coaching to improve individual and team success.
  4. Mentor student-athletes with their academic success by assisting with planning class schedules, collaborating with the Life Directions Center, monitoring academic progress, communicating with professors, and providing follow up with effective and clear communication.


  1. Identify student-athletes for review by head coach who fit CCU’s model of an evangelical basketball program.
  2. Compile and maintain records and needed information about all prospects, including all transcripts, clearinghouse forms, test scores, game schedules, and game film.
  3. Coordinate communications and organize home visits, campus visits, and on-campus meetings for prospective student-athletes.

Travel Coordination

  1. Gather all travel information including times, dates, costs and other information as needed.
  2. Secure travel arrangements and provide trip itinerary to team including room assignments, practice times, curfews, meetings, etc.
  3. Establish study hall while on the road.
  4. Coordinate with the transportation coordinator to set up vans or buses for local games, reserve vans for all departures and arrivals, and assign drivers.

Basketball Program Coordination

  1. Oversee team equipment and needed supplies, work with others to arrange for visiting tournaments – on and off-campus, and scheduling of individual physicals. Assist in finding sponsors for CCU tournaments or other programs.
  2. Organize team practices for CCU team needs, opposing coaches, and others who may need assistance with the CCU facilities. Maintain knowledge of effective basketball workouts and consistency with the head coach’s philosophies.
  3. Responsible for meet management and determining meet strategy in collaboration with the head coach. Utilize statistics and other analytics to assist with strategy preparation and communication with team.
  4. Assist head coach with promoting and running events.
  5. Promote the head coach’s philosophy, implement the head coach’s system, and support the head coach to athletes and the community.
  6. Perform other duties as assigned.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. You will be required to work irregular hours, including some nights and weekends. Local and regional travel is expected. National travel may occur. Colorado Christian University expects all faculty and staff to become a part of the University community by participating in activities and events that occur on the campus throughout the year, which may occur during evenings and weekends.

What we offer our employees:

We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to all employees. Our benefit package includes: a tuition waiver program, excellent healthcare, generous paid time off, matching 403(b) retirement plan, and additional organizational paid benefits and voluntary benefit offerings. Pay and benefits will be discussed in more detail as candidate’s progress through the interview process.

The pay range for this job is $35,000 - $40,000 annually. Pay is assigned by reviewing a combination of job-related factors that may include: internal/external pay equity, the salary structure/pay grade, or a candidate’s qualifications/experience for the job. A wage range posted is not a guarantee of a specific wage and CCU reserves the right to make pay decisions based on economic and equity considerations. CCU does not determine pay based on sex or any other protected status. Pay and benefits will be discussed in more detail as candidates progress through the interview process.        

Spiritual Requirements

  1. Committed follower of Jesus Christ, who believes there is no salvation apart from faith in his atonement on the cross, by grace alone becoming "born again" thus beginning a personal relationship with Christ, the Son of God.
  2. Able to effectively communicate personal faith and apply biblical principles and convictions in the workplace. Must have a strong sense of calling to the ministry of Colorado Christian University.
  3. Regularly attend and be engaged in meaningful involvement in a Bible-believing evangelical local church. Knowledgeable about the Word of God and passionate about Christian education.
  4. Must be a traditional evangelical Christian whose lifestyle is in consonance with sound Christian principles, is compatible with CCU’s Statement of Faith, and is in agreement with the Strategic Priorities promulgated by the University.
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Colorado Christian University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status. CCU is committed to an environment free from discrimination and harassment and calls on every member of the university community to be vigilant in deterring and reporting all violations. CCU does reserve the right to exercise preference on the basis of religion in all of its employment practices. All employees who work at CCU must demonstrate a spiritual testimony consistent with our evangelical mission and follow our lifestyle expectations.