How to Write a Football Coaching Resume

A football coaching resume is designed to give the interviewer an overview of your experience and what you have accomplished in your career. During an interview, the resume may be used as talking point, allowing you to detail what you have done along each coaching stop. This gives you an opportunity to talk about your philosophies relating to football and how you intend to reach players, management and fans.

When typing up your resume, be sure to use high quality paper and standard fonts. Some applicants may feel it's necessary to use coloured paper or special fonts, but it's more important what's on the resume than how it looks. It's vital that spelling and grammar is correct. When applying for coaching positions, attention to detail is what every team is looking for in their coach. Making careless errors on your resume may lead an interviewer to believe that this behaviour will lead to careless errors on the field.

On the resume list all the coaching experience that you have accrued in your career. Not only should you list the positions you held, but also include the duties you were responsible for during each coaching season. If you weren't a head coach previously, it's important to write down how the players you coached performed. If you were an offensive line coach, list the amount of rushing yards your players blocked for and the amount of sacks your team gave up. It's also important to list any off the field achievements as well; include any academic awards your team achieved or community outreach programs the players and coaches participated in.

Emphasise your education and any playing career you may have had. This highlights your achievements on and off the field and offers potential employers a glimpse into your academic and athletic past. As a former player, you may have experiences that no other applicant has to offer and have a better understanding of players. Your academic achievement shows your ability to think outside the box, plan strategic game plans and adjust to opponents' strengths and weaknesses.

Don't lie on your resume about previous coaching experience, athletic career or academic achievements. Football coaches form a tight knit community and lying on your resume will come back to haunt you. While it may not be a factor for an assistant coaching position, as your career advances, it will become much more scrutinised. Lying on your resume early in your career may get you in trouble as your career advances.

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Ted Marten lives in New York City and began writing professionally in 2007, with articles appearing on various websites. Marten has a bachelor's degree in English and has also received a certificate in filmmaking from the Digital Film Academy.