I am in my sixth year as an Athletic Director.  I thought I would share the list of questions I ask in an interview while searching for a Head Coach.

Here is the list I’m going to use.  Please let me know if you have any questions!



  1. Years experience coaching?   Where?
  2. What has been your most important accomplishment as a coach?
  3. What has been your biggest disappointment?
  4. What are your coaching goals?  Short term?  Long term?
  5. What are your strengths as a coach?  List your top 3.
  6. What are your weaknesses as a coach?  List your top 3.
  7. When your team encounters a problem, such as irritation with a teammate or a member of the coaching staff, how do you reach a good resolution?
  8. How do you distribute and collect uniforms?
  9. How do you go about conducting your first Parent Meeting and what do are some important items to go over with them.
  10.  What steps are you going to take to generate interest in girls getting involved in the softball program here?
  11.  What steps are you going to take to get the “outside” community interested in the program here?
  12.   What is your philosophy of Strength and Conditioning in your program?


  1.  What do you know about our softball program?
  2.  How are you going to improve a 32% winning program over the last 5 years?
  3.  How do you score runs in softball?  Offensive philosophy?
  4.   Defensive/pitching philosophy?  What is it?
  5.   How do you coach baserunning?
  6.  How do you prepare your team for a game?
  7.  How do you work with officials? What is your philosophy on the way that you treat them?

Ever been tossed from a game?  If so, what did you do and what did you learn from it?

  1.  If a parent approached you after practice or a game on your way to your car and wanted to talk with you about playing time, what would you do?  How would you respond?
  2. What do you think is the most important aspect of a championship (sport) team?
  3.  Our athletic department motto here is “ . . . . . . . . .”  How will you do both of these things in our softball program?

Do you have any questions about our program?

Your time commitment?  Compensation?  Facilities?  Equipment?  Fundraising?