About Rochester Institute of Technology

Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Today, RIT is one of the world’s leading innovative institutions—a vibrant, connected community that is home to diverse, ambitious, creative students, and faculty from around the world. Over the past decade, the university has invested significant capital to improve academic and student life. RIT moved into the “National Universities” category of U.S. News & World Report rankings in 2016.

The main campus is located outside of Rochester, New York on 1,300+ acres. As of fall 2023, the university enrolled 20,540 full- and part-time students (17,528 undergraduate and 3,042 graduate students) who represent all 50 states and more than 100 nations. Nearly 4,700 students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are enrolled on the main campus along with approximately 2,000 international students. An additional 3,600 students are enrolled at RIT’s international campuses in Croatia, Kosovo, Dubai, and China. 

The physical footprint of the university has grown considerably in recent years. In 2014 the Gene Polisseni Center opened and serves as the home for RIT Men and Women’s hockey games. The arena is located on the south side of the Student Alumni Union, in the heart of the campus. The 112,400 square foot facility includes 4,000 seats and additional space for a total of 4,300 fans, club seating. Section, Club Lounge, six luxury suites, a VIP player experience box and the RIT Athletics Hall of Fame highlighting our proud athletics history. The College of Health Sciences and Technology, created in 2011 as RIT’s ninth college, opened the Clinical Health Sciences Center in 2015.  In its ongoing quest to enhance campus infrastructure to meet the needs of innovative programming and student desires, RIT is making plans for future expansions including the Innovative Maker and Learning Complex, a performing arts center and enhanced athletics facilities. At RIT we are always on to something amazing.

About RIT Athletics

Mission Statement
RIT Athletics is committed to providing an outstanding student-centered athletic experience through the relentless pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. We do so within the context of integrity and respect. Our exceptional staff strives to create an unrivaled experience that fosters the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth of our student-athletes in order to prepare them for success beyond RIT and to be leaders in the global community.
Vision Statement
RIT Athletics strives to be a championship level intercollegiate athletics program that provides the optimal balance between academic and athletic performance, while serving as a symbol of pride for the University, our alumni, and the greater community.

Core Values

Student Centered

Our conduct and decision-making are directed by our commitment to student success.


We maintain and demonstrate uncompromising commitment to the highest moral standards and honor the tradition and pride in RIT’s rich athletic heritage.


Our individual and collective actions promote personal responsibility and serve as a proactive and positive influence within our teams and throughout the community.


We foster the relentless pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.


We demonstrate respect for self, team, the University and our community through civility and a commitment to equity and inclusiveness.

Personal Growth and Development

We are committed to lifelong learning, healthy lifestyles and maximizing the full potential of mind and body.

Position Summary

The Head Men’s Basketball Coach will direct all phases of the day-to-day operations of the RIT Men’s Basketball program, including the planning, development and implementation of all activities related to the program but not limited to: recruitment, instruction, development and competitive coaching of student-athletes. Duties will also include scheduling, coordination of travel, fundraising and camps, and representing and promoting the Men’s basketball program within the established guidelines of RIT, the Liberty League, and NCAA. The head coach must also have a commitment to the academic success of student-athletes, community engagement, positive public relations and the fiscal management of the program.

The Head Men’s Basketball Coach will effectively recruit highly qualified student-athletes by working in partnership with the Office of Enrollment Management and the leadership team in Intercollegiate Athletics.  The head coach will develop and maintain positive relations with student-athletes, parents and families, colleagues in and outside of the university, alumni and friends of the program and the University.

The Head Men’s Basketball reports to the Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Responsibilities of the Position

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Commitment to the development and support of the student-athlete, passion for the game, and the ability to coach and motivate players and staff.  Establish rules for the team and oversee the supervision, instruction and development of student-athletes and the team; make strategic decisions in contest situations; coordinate player evaluation and selection in conjunction with the assistant coaches.
  • Develop and implement an annual recruiting plan, associated strategy and maintain a database of prospective student-athletes in coordination with the office of enrollment management. Develop and implement communications strategies that will assure the success of the program.
  • Upholding and enforcing the standards and expectations for student-athletes as outlined in the Student-Athlete handbook. Enforcing team rules with appropriate disciplinary actions. Exhibiting professional and sportsmanlike manner.
  • Monitoring the eligibility status of student-athletes in the men’s basketball program and promoting the academic progress of all student-athletes in conjunction with the Assistant Athletics Director.
  • Develop and oversee a competitive schedule, including organizing and supervising all practices and competitions.
  • Recruit, onboard, supervise, develop, and evaluate coaching staff to ensure their professional growth and development; assist with goal setting, prioritization, personnel matters, professional development, appraisals, operational functions and the delegation of responsibilities.
  • Play a key role in fundraising for the program and maintaining relationships with alumni and key stakeholders. Promoting the program to the campus and community through public speaking and various community activities.
  • Development and maintenance of annual budget (operations, recruiting, team travel, hospitality and equipment acquisition). Operating a fiscally responsible program.
  • Overseeing the selection, purchase, and maintenance of team equipment with the guidelines of departmental policies and procedures.
  • Organize and participate in community outreach events, camps and clinics to grow the sport and connect with potential future student-athletes.
  • Maintaining current knowledge of and adhering to the policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of Rochester Institute of Technology. Knowing and complying with all federal, state, and local laws, as well as applicable NCAA, Conference and University rules.
  • Cooperating with all Athletic Department staff members to enhance overall department operations and initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications for the Position

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of full-time coaching experience at the collegiate level with evidence of increasing levels of responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated success in developing effective student-athlete recruitment and development programs, support services, and possess an advanced level of familiarity with NCAA DIII recruiting and compliance rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to bring about complex change in a thoughtful manner and implement solutions utilizing best practices tailored to the unique needs of the program
  • Have a deep understanding of young adult student athlete development and the skills to work effectively with a college-age population, international students, faculty, and staff.
  • Effective verbal, written and digital communication skills, including the ability to convey complex information in accessible terms to diverse and multicultural audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and respond to multiple constituencies and make meaningful connections within and outside the department.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Knowledge of budgets and budget management experience

Application Process

The Rochester Institute of Technology invites letters of nomination, applications, or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the Institute. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted at Parker Executive Search’s website. For additional information please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Grant Higgison, Principal
Xavier Harper, Executive Recruiting Coordinator
ghiggison@parkersearch.com | xharper@parkersearch.com 
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext. 118 | 770-804-1996 ext. 123

Additional Details

Salary Range: $75,000 - $85,000

RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion in the workplace. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientations, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status, or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs, and activities. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.

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