Girls Varsity Head Basketball Coach

Location: Denver, Colorado
Date Posted: 08-28-2017
About STRIVE Preparatory Schools:
Founded in 2006, STRIVE Preparatory Schools (STRIVE Prep) is a Denver-based community of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, college-preparatory education. We believe that students from all backgrounds deserve a college preparatory education regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement. We are committed to preparing all students for educational success from kindergarten through college and career, by challenging them to realize their full potential through high expectations, in a safe, rigorous, and compassionate learning environment with shared accountability among students, families and staff.
Our teachers, leaders, faculty and staff clear a path for all families to have access to a high-quality school that’s just down the street, not across town.  By building great schools in Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver, we will create depth of impact and long-lasting community change.
At STRIVE Prep, transformation is a choice that has lead to:
  • The opening of 11 free, public charter schools within Denver Public Schools (DPS) throughout Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver.
  • A shared vision of making a college prep education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception, by growing from 11 schools serving 3,500 students to 17 schools serving 7,500 students
  • A commitment to serve all students from the neighborhoods in which we operate, whereby approximately 97% of STRIVE Prep students identify as students of color, 87% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 49% are English Language Learners and 13% receive Special Education services.
  • One or more STRIVE Prep schools  consistently ranking in the top 10 high performing secondary schools within DPS since the DPS School Performance Framework was introduced.
  • The welcoming of any scholar from kindergarten through twelfth grade who desires to STRIVE for college. Because STRIVE Prep participates in the DPS SchoolChoice process, enrollment is open to any student in the communities we serve regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement.
About STRIVE Prep - SMART: 
  • STRIVE Prep - SMART Academy opened its doors in the fall of 2012 as the first high school in the STRIVE Prep network.
  • All STRIVE Prep - SMART leaders commit to ensuring that all scholars attain an excellent education on the path toward college completion. To that end, all incoming scholars, families, and school leaders sign the Commitment to College Completion Contract. School leaders’ responsibilities within this contract
  • We will arrive at STRIVE Prep - SMART on time, and we will remain for the entire school day.
  • We will support our scholars at STRIVE Prep - SMART on appropriate Saturdays.
  • We will attend and participate in all staff meetings and professional development.
  • We will treat every student fairly and with respect.
  • We will teach STRIVE Prep - SMART scholars in the best way we know how.
  • We will always make ourselves available to work with scholars and parents.
  • We will be the first both to correct and to congratulate our scholars.
  • We will provide tutorials for our scholars as needed to support their learning.
  • We will always protect the safety, interests, and rights of all individuals in the classroom.
  • We will do whatever it takes for our scholars to learn, including providing students with our phone numbers for questions about homework after school.
  • We will respond to all communication from scholars, parents, and fellow staff members within 24 hours.
  • We will provide a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum along with necessary support in order to prepare every STRIVE Prep - SMART scholar to be accepted to and graduate from a four-year college or university.
  • Find out more about STRIVE Prep - SMART, the Southwest Denver community, and the Principal, Jack Holmes , on our website at
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Preseason (July - August)
  • Plan tryouts and determine evaluative methods to determine best fit for available teams and levels
  • Communicate expectations and goals for the upcoming season
  • Coordinate available space and resources with the Athletic Director for optional preseason workouts
  • Work with AD to ensure all materials and resources are secured for the upcoming season and develop plan to mitigate any identified gaps in needed items
Season:(August - October)
  • Plan and execute rigorous practice plans and schedules designed around individual player development and overall team competitiveness
  • Attend all matches and contests
  • Coordinate and delegate responsibilities to assistant coaches, if applicable.
  • Manage and maintain sport specific inventory and ensure that all resources are returned in similar condition taking into account normal wear and tear
  • Communicate uniform expectations for players in order to maximize the uniform use and inventory
  • Promptly complete required reports and scores to the Athletic Director after matches
End of Season/Offseason:
  • Complete player evaluations designed to identify areas of improvements for goal setting
  • Develop an offseason plan for player continued development with and without team offseason optional functions
  • Communicate additional opportunities for individual improvement opportunities via camps, clinics, offseason leagues.

Our Competitive and Inspirational Coaching Staff:
  • Consciously choose to influence and transform the lives of scholar-athletes every day and have previous coaching experience
  • Understand, appreciate and can pull from experience coaching in an urban setting (strongly preferred).
  • Speak Spanish or have experience working with bilingual students (strongly preferred).
  • Commit to constant growth and reflection as educators through regular coaching and professional development.
  • Dedicate themselves to the academic and athletic success of all students, not some students.
  • Bring enthusiasm, professionalism and positivity to their teams and our adult community.
  • Assume the best in others and are willing to have courageous conversations in order to do what is best for students. 
  • Work hard and approach challenges as opportunities for improvement.
  • Set high expectations for themselves and others and a willingness to hold themselves and others to those expectations.
Conditions for employment 
  • Willingness to become or have been qualified as a Permanent Colorado High School Activities Association Coach, (CHSAA).
  • Commitment to attend and pass mandatory CPR/First Aid/AED training and concussion awareness training
  • Successful completion of the Denver Public Schools background check
  • Must have a valid Colorado Driver's License 
This position begins immediately  for the 2017-2018 school year.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
This is a stipended position paid in a one-time stipend at the conclusion of the volleyball season.
STRIVE Prep is an equal opportunity employer.
Visit our Careers Page at to learn more about who we are looking for and the hiring process.
Questions? Contact Athletic Director, Caleb Coats at
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