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Assistantship

Refine your knowledge and skills through a graduate assistantship

Higher achieving students often have success turning their undergraduate experiences into a graduate assistantship with WVU Athletics following the completion of their bachelors degree. These competitive paid positions are often viewed as an important next step in building a career in sport management and athletic coaching. A graduate assistant position in a Big 12 athletics program can provide a direct pathway to full-time employment in the dynamic field of intercollegiate athletics.

Graduate assistant positions are awarded on a competitive basis and include a full or partial university tuition waiver and stipend depending on the appointment. Please review the detailed policies, procedures, and guidelines for graduate assistant positions at West Virginia University before applying.

Students enrolled in the School of Sport Sciences online programs are not eligible for graduate assistantships due to the use of a different tuition model. Additionally, undergraduate students are not eligible for graduate assistantships. Only students who have completed a bachelor’s degree at the start of their graduate assistantship will be considered for a graduate assistantship.

To increase your chances of earning a graduate assistant position, you should:

  • First gain valuable pre-internship and internship opportunities
  • Build your professional network in WVU Athletics over time
  • Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher and perform well in your major courses
  • Increase your marketability by adding academic minors and certifications
  • Engage professionally by attending conferences and on-campus events
  • Serve as a leader in a student organization or club

Placements

Review the following assistantship placement options.

The athletic training program in the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics provides quality health care for WVU student-athletes. The scope of the athletic training services includes injury recognition, treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, education and counseling to enable student-athletes to maintain an optimal quality of life beyond the span of athletic competition. The athletic training staff works in conjunction with the team physicians and athletics administration to ensure student-athletes receive quality care throughout their careers at WVU.

Crew

Responsibilities

  • Prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries
  • Referral of athletic injuries to team physicians
  • Supervision of athletic training students
  • Documentation of all athletic related injuries and injury reports to respective coach
  • Communication with staff athletic trainers, coaches, student-athletes, parents and strength coaches

Related Occupations

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Sports Medicine
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician's Assistant

Football

Responsibilities

  • Prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries
  • Referral of athletic injuries to team physicians
  • Supervision of athletic training students
  • Documentation of all athletic related injuries and injury reports to respective coach
  • Communication with staff athletic trainers, coaches, student-athletes, parents and strength coaches

Related Occupations

  • Division I, II or III full-time athletic training positions
  • Professional sports, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB Athletic Trainer
  • High School Athletic Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Sports Medicine
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician's Assistant

Tennis and Cheer

Responsibilities

  • Prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries
  • Referral of athletic injuries to team physicians
  • Supervision of athletic training students
  • Documentation of all athletic related injuries and injury reports to respective coach
  • Communication with staff athletic trainers, coaches, student-athletes, parents and strength coaches

Related Occupations

  • Division I, II or III full-time athletic training positions
  • Professional Sports, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB Athletic Trainer
  • High School Athletic Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Sports Medicine
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician's Assistant

Track and Cross Country

Responsibilities

  • Prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries
  • Referral of athletic injuries to team physicians
  • Supervision of athletic training students
  • Documentation of all athletic related injuries and injury reports to respective coach
  • Communication with staff athletic trainers, coaches, student-athletes, parents and strength coaches

Related Occupations

  • Division I, II or III full-time athletic training positions
  • Professional Sports, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB Athletic Trainer
  • High School Athletic Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Sports Medicine
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician's Assistant

The Department of Athletics Communications within WVU Athletics facilitates media coverage for all 18 Mountaineer varsity sports. Athletics Communications is responsible for publicizing and promoting teams and student-athletes through press releases, game notes, media guides, press conferences, social media, posters, schedule cards and interaction with individual members of the media.

General

Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary contact for assigned sports
  • Coordinate and monitor media interviews
  • Produce media guides and game programs
  • Maintain statistics and archives
  • Create content including video graphics
  • Write press releases and feature stories
  • Maintain the athletics website (WVUsports.com)
  • Monitor and Maintain social media channels for assigned sports
  • Travel with assigned teams
  • Provide information to the Big 12 and NCAA
  • Assist with all football and basketball games and other sports as needed

Related Occupations

  • College athletics communications
  • Professional sports public and media relations offices
  • Sports public relations, media relations 
  • Social media, graphic design
  • Digital media and video production
  • Sports marketing

Graphics

Responsibilities

  • Develop ideas and produce designs for various visual materials for promotional and marketing purposes for all sports and various areas in the athletic department, such as multi-page publications, brochures, posters, flyers, web pages, social media graphics, motion graphics.
  • Create materials integrated across a variety of media including print, photography, video, web and multimedia.
  • Work with department public relations specialist to most effectively promote teams, athletes and coaches via design projects.

Related Occupations

  • College athletics communications 
  • Sports graphic designer, multimedia designer or creative services director
  • Professional sports organization or non-sports-related businesses

West Virginia University’s student-athletes compete in some of the finest athletic apparel in the country thanks to the Mountaineers’ partnership with Nike. Outfitting, sizing and properly fitting the Mountaineers is just the start as equipment managers provide updated, regulated and sanitized equipment to ensure that the health and safety of the student-athletes is paramount, providing an important behind-the-scenes job for all 18 varsity sports. Before student-athletes can perform, they must look good and it all starts in the equipment room.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with laundry
  • Unload Nike shipments and organize for each team
  • Assist with packing of uniforms for teams on away trips
  • Oversee student workers

Related Occupations

  • Equipment manager
  • Team operations
  • Sales of sports equipment

West Virginia University is home to some of the finest athletic facilities in the country. Maintaining and treating them with care are the responsibilities of the athletics facilities department. Game day and daily practice operations along with maintenance and venue planning are just some of the assignments. Daily work includes dealing with coaches and administrators to schedule each facility and working with the general public on facility rentals. Game days are long and eventful, but the facilities staff knows that a fun and safe fan experience in WVU athletics venues means their game day efforts were a success.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as game manager for volleyball, men’s soccer and tennis
  • Assist game manager for assigned sports
  • Maintain, charge and distribute the 200+ game day radios used for home events
  • Assist with the distribution and supply of keys in the athletic facilities key box
  • Create events for and manage our office’s iServe volunteer account for necessary home events
  • Perform daily walk throughs of our athletic facilities to check for issues with card access systems, graphics and maintenance items

Related Occupations

  • Facility management
  • Event operations at the collegiate or professional level

The oldest varsity sport at West Virginia University, Mountaineer football is a member of the Big 12 Conference. Football has been an intercollegiate sport at WVU since 1891 and ranks among the winningest programs in NCAA history. The Mountaineers are frequently on national television as a member of a Power 5 conference and are among a select group of programs invited to play in a bowl game in 17 out of the last 20 seasons. Football has produced 43 All-Americans since 2002 and nearly 110 overall selections in its history. WVU has had 26 players selected in the NFL Draft over the last nine years, which ranks near the top of all Big 12 schools. In all, nearly 200 players have been drafted by NFL teams as West Virginia has consistently sent players to the pro ranks. The Mountaineers are coached by Neal Brown, considered one of the top young, up-and-coming coaches in the game.

Offensive / Defensive

Responsibilities

  • Creating/Developing weekly opponent scouting reports
  • Opponent scouting data input/cutups, initial recruiting evaluations (HS Junior/Sophomore classes by position)
  • Various statistical/analytical projects as assigned
  • Assist in on-field coaching/instruction, specifically drill setup and execution

Related Occupations

  • FCS on-field position coach
  • Power 5 analyst/quality control
  • Div. 2/3 coordinator

Operations

Responsibilities

  • Assist with logistics of the recruiting process during on-campus visits
  • Assist with in-season team travel
  • Assist with coordinating team travel
  • Assist with summer camps and new players reporting
  • Maintain player birthdays in communication platform

Related Occupations

  • Director of Football Operations
  • Assistant Director of Football Operations
  • NFL logistics personnel 

Special Teams

Responsibilities

  • Help with the recruiting process by reaching to potential recruits and managing/building relationships
  • Complete special teams opponent breakdowns for the upcoming year
  • Chart special teams so that they can see their progress over time (kickers, punters, long snappers)
  • Assist with making schemes/ formations on Visio that will help special teams units prepare
  • Assist analyst/coordinator with other tasks and projects as assigned

Related Occupations

  • Coordinator
  • Analyst
  • Recruiter

West Virginia University men’s basketball is in the Big 12 Conference and has been an intercollegiate sport at West Virginia University since 1904. One of the winningest programs in NCAA history, the Mountaineers are frequently on national television as a member of a Power 5 conference. The team has made 15 postseason appearances since 2003, including 11 to the NCAA Tournament. Men’s basketball had a streak of 55 consecutive appearances in the Associated Press Top 25 poll from 2015-18 and finished 2020 ranked 24th in the country. The Mountaineers are coached by Bob Huggins, who moved past Dean Smith in 2020 for sixth place on the NCAA’s all-time victory list. He is the fourth-winningest active coach in college basketball behind just Duke Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and North Carolina’s Roy Williams.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with administrative tasks
  • General scouting film breakdown and coordination of practice film
  • Assist coaching staff with the completion of scouting documentation
  • Collaboration with the staff in assisting in on-campus recruiting
  • Oversight of student managers
  • Team liaisons for special tours and opponent practices

Related Occupations

  • Collegiate basketball support staff
  • Entry level coaching (high school or collegiate)
  • Entry level NBA support staff
  • Ticketing and marketing

The West Virginia University men’s soccer program was established in 1961. As of 2019, the Mountaineers have won seven conference championships and advanced to 14 NCAA tournaments, while posting 40 winning seasons. Eleven Mountaineers have earned All-America honors and 33 have played professional soccer. In the classroom, the program has posted a team GPA above 3.0 for 13 straight seasons and has received the United Soccer Coaches Association team academic award for 12 consecutive years. A member of the Mid-American Conference, WVU plays its home games at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium adjacent to the WVU Coliseum.

Responsibilities

  • Data entry within JumpForward (compliance related)
  • Full operation of GPS units and the day-to-day operations of this software
  • Upload and data entry for Instant Match Analysis software
  • Organization of itineraries for both home and away fixtures
  • Coordination of student managers on game day

Related Occupations

  • Coaching position at the collegiate level or at youth, club level
  • Director of Operations

The Mountaineer Athletic Club is the professional fundraising arm for the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The primary objective of the MAC is to provide the resources necessary to enrich the lives of our student-athletes as they strive to reach their full academic and athletic potential. The financial support and commitment by MAC members helps to help ensure all student-athletes in WVU’s 18 sports programs receive the resources they need to succeed academically and athletically.

Responsibilities

  • Provide customer service
  • Gift processing and reconciliations
  • Assist with social media
  • Assist with renewals, solicitations and prospect research
  • Responsible for donor bio prep for games, suites, events and trips
  • Send out acknowledgements and thank-you notes
  • Stewardship planning

Related Occupations

  • Development assistant
  • Major gift officer
  • Assistant director of development
  • Donor relations coordinator
  • Premium seating sales associate
  • Ticket office assistant
  • Prospect researcher
  • Assistant director of stewardship
  • Assistant director of events

West Virginia University rowing is a member of the Big 12 Conference and has been competing as an intercollegiate sport at West Virginia University since 2001. In its first year of competition the Women’s Varsity 4+ of Tina Griffith, Rishi Kelley, Erin Nesbet, Noelle Dodge and coxswain Christine DeRienzo won the Dad Vail Regatta and were invited to participate in the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England.

Responsibilities

  • Assist the lead novice coach
  • Coaching responsibility for a specific group (e.g. 3V8+) throughout the spring season
  • Assist with maintenance of coaching launches, ergs and other equipment
  • Coordinate team’s social media

Related Occupations

  • Rowing coach
  • Sport administration
  • Sports operations

The goal of West Virginia’s strength and conditioning program is to build the total student-athlete in body and mind. Properly conditioned athletes are healthy athletes and less prone to injury. WVU’s strength coaches are outstanding teachers and emphasize safety, technique and nutrition. All athletic weight rooms are equipped with the latest technology to produce fine-tuned athletes who know that championships are won by those who embrace hard work and have the discipline to tolerate discomfort.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in spotting student-athletes
  • Give coaching cues to student-athlete while training
  • Take an individual student-athlete through an entire training session
  • Assist and help design a program and lead a team through a warm-up
  • Assist and help lead a team strength training session
  • Assist and help design and lead an agility/conditioning session
  • Design and implement a semester or year-long strength and conditioning program for a sport team

Note: Graduate Assistants must be certified by a nationally accredited strength and conditioning certification program (NSCA OR CSCCa).

Related Occupations

  • Entry level collegiate strength and conditioning position
  • Military strength and conditioning position
  • Private sector strength and conditioning position

The West Virginia University Intercollegiate Athletics Student-Athlete Development unit works daily to schedule classes, mentor and tutor Mountaineer student-athletes to help them succeed in the classroom. WVU produces numerous Academic All-Americans, Academic All-Conference selections and national academic award winners annually because of the success and organization of this unit. In 2019 and 2020, West Virginia recorded its highest Academic Progress Report (APR) score in school history and its overall department APR. Team GPAs and graduation success rates consistently rank above the national NCAA average. Student-athletes, coaches and the academic unit have formed a strong team in developing tomorrow’s leaders.

Football

Responsibilities

  • Provide academic skill instruction to assigned student-athletes
  • Monitor study hall and tutor sessions
  • Prepare daily and weekly academic summary reports of assigned student-athletes
  • Educate student-athletes on time management, study-strategies and goal setting
  • Monitor class attendance of assigned student-athletes

Related Occupations

  • Athletics academic advisor
  • Tutor coordinator
  • Learning specialist

Olympic Sports

Responsibilities

  • Assist in day-to-day operations of academic advising center
  • Assist in gathering data and preparing reports for academic advisors
  • Assist assigned academic advisors with weekly student and advising meetings
  • Assist student-athletes with study strategies, organizational skills and time management
  • Monitor study hall and tutor sessions
  • Monitor class attendance of assigned student-athletes
  • Assist in textbook and school supply distribution
  • Assist the tutor coordinator in all facets of the tutor program

Related Occupations

  • Athletics academic advisor
  • Tutor coordinator
  • Learning specialist

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Clinical and Sport Psychology program is directed by Dr. Dayna Charbonneau, Psy.D., who began her tenure at WVU in 2017. Charbonneau is responsible for overseeing individual and group therapy, crisis intervention and coach, individual and team mental performance consultation services and programming.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with individual counseling and/or sport performance consultation, group counseling, as well as consultation with teams/coaches/other Intercollegiate Athletics staff
  • Administrative and client preparation activities
  • Participation in outreach events with Intercollegiate Athletics including team workshops/presentations
  • Administrative/supervisory/outreach/consultation duties assigned during slow clinical demand

Related Occupations

  • Mental performance consultant
  • Future master’s-level mental health provider

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Student-Athlete Enhancement program serves to provide leadership development, career development and community outreach programming for all Mountaineer student-athletes within the Office of Student-Athlete Development. SAE works to provide holistic development of transferable skills and prepare student-athletes for a lifetime of learning and develop them into future leaders and lifelong ambassadors of West Virginia University.

Responsibilities

  • Assist the Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement with day to day tasks
  • Assist with Skills and Community Outreach Initiatives
  • Assist with Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) initiatives
  • Assist with planning and implementation of events
  • Prepare daily and weekly summary reports of Life Skills events
  • Assist with tracking and monitoring student-athlete information

Related Occupations

  • Entry level fields within student-athlete development
  • Sport administration
  • Event management

West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving is part of the Big 12 Conference. The men’s program has been competing as an intercollegiate sport at WVU since 1953 while the women first began competing in 1974. Both programs have produced numerous NCAA qualifiers, All-Americans and Olympic athletes during their existence. The Mountaineers are now competing in a new $48 million, 50-meter aquatic center officially dedicated in the fall of 2018 at Mylan Park.

Responsibilities

  • Complete NCAA recruiting test
  • Manage and organize equipment and training equipment
  • Complete Hy-Tek Meet manager course and handle all meet set-up and entries as required by the head coach
  • Organize and conduct on campus recruiting visit
  • Work with staff in daily implementation of workouts and team meetings
  • Organize and plan meals and travel arrangements for team at away competitions
  • Manage recruiting database
  • Work with head coach on alumni relations

Related Occupations

  • Age group/collegiate coaching
  • Athletic facilities management
  • Aquatic director
  • Sports administration

The Mountaineer cross country and track and field teams are some of the most successful athletic programs at West Virginia University, producing more than 80 All-Americans, three national champions and four Olympians, as of 2020. Cross country has made nine appearances in the NCAA Championship with five top-five finishes. Track and field posted eight straight years of top-20 finishes. In the classroom, 18 Mountaineer student-athletes have been named Academic All-American since 2010.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain the time management plan calendar on the JumpForward platform
  • Finalize expense reports
  • Help coordinate team travel and recruiting logistics
  • Assist in on-boarding process with student-athletes
  • Responsible for home meet management

Related Occupations

  • Collegiate track and field coach
  • Director of operations
  • Sports event coordinator

One of the youngest Olympic sports at West Virginia University, Mountaineer women’s soccer is also undoubtedly the most successful. Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown has built a powerhouse program that played for the national championship in 2016 and has won Big East and Big 12 championships. The program also produces All-Americans, professional players, Olympic and International team selections. Kadeisha Buchanan was the  Hermann Trophy winner in 2016, college soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy. The team plays its home matches at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, adjacent to the WVU Coliseum.

Responsibilities

  • Day-to-day training organization and set up
  • Game day preparation
  • Day-to-day office organization
  • Scouting games of future opponents
  • Assist full-time staff with social media responsibilities
  • Assist with the coordination of soccer camps and clinics

Related Occupations

  • Scouting positions
  • Assistant coaching positions
  • Director of operations

As one of the oldest programs at West Virginia University, Mountaineer wrestling began in 1921. A member of the Big 12 Conference, WVU has won more than 600 matches, qualified more than 180 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships and posted 16 top-25 finishes at the national showcase as of 2020. Three Mountaineers have won five total national championships, with Greg Jones winning three of them, and 23 three Mountaineers have earned 32 first team All-America honors.

Responsibilities

  • Database management of alumni, parents, student athletes and other donors
  • Assist in match, camp and fundraiser marketing
  • Assist in game day operations
  • Assist in preparing for recruiting weekends
  • Update alumni database
  • Assist in alumni fundraising projects

Related Occupations

  • Director of operations
  • Sports management
  • Fundraising