Division III schools stress academics over athletics. Athletes at these schools are not awarded scholarships to attend college. Division III assistant football coaches have the job of teaching a part of the football team skills and strategies to win a game. These assistants may also check the equipment and scout for new recruits. These assistant coaches are paid on a much smaller scale due to the smaller emphasis placed on athletics at Division III schools.
Assistant football coaches at Division III schools typically get their training from having played football at some level in the past. By playing the game professionally or at the college level, they learned the basic rules and skills necessary to assist in coaching. These coaches are also usually required to have obtained a bachelor's degree at an accredited school. The degree can be in anything but usually it is in an area related to coaching such as physical education.
In 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cited the base salary for an assistant football coach in Division III at a median range of $39,550. Salaries tend to vary based on the assistant coach's education, his experience, and the financial status of the school. Instead of salaries, some schools only offer stipends of about $5,000 to $10,000 for assistant coaches during the football season. Along with the stipend, the assistant coaches may receive extra compensation in the form of room and board.
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Besides a base salary, assistant football coaches for Division III teams typically receive other benefits. These benefits can include health insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, sick leave, and vacation pay. In addition, assistant coaches can receive housing and meal plans. They can also receive tuition reimbursement to take some graduate classes. The assistant coaches also have their travel expenses covered during away games. The additional benefits offered depends on the school.
The job outlook for Assistant Division III football coaches is expected to increase over the next few years. Due to population growth, the number of students, and therefore schools, is expected to increase. Even though athletics budgets are usually trimmed first when the economy decreases, athletic supporters tend to raise enough money to keep programs intact. These fund-raising efforts allow the Division III schools to keep assistant football coaches.