Athletic Director Cover Letter and Resume Examples

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For an athletic director or coach position, your cover letter should include previous coaching and athletic experience, as well as any teaching and tutoring experience. Provide examples and speak to what your involvement with the school system or organization would look like. 

Here's a sample cover letter for an athletic director position. To ensure your personality and qualifications reach the right people, use this cover letter as a guide and adjust according to your background and situation.

Athletic Director Cover Letter Example

City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name,

Please accept this letter of application for the position of Athletic Director at 123 Charter High School. I believe my extensive coaching, teaching, and administrative experience will allow me to successfully fulfill, and even exceed, the requirements of the position.

I agree wholeheartedly with your school’s mission to develop not only academically successful, but also generally well-rounded students. Having served as both a teacher and a coach for over seven years, I am well aware that athletic success cannot be achieved without academic success.

As the Assistant Football Coach at ABC Public High School, I developed a tutoring program to improve the grades of academically struggling athletes. This program improved the grades of dozens of athletes who were at risk for failing one or more courses.

I encourage all my athletes to apply determination and hard work to their lives, both on the field and off.

You state that you are looking for a candidate with not only teaching and coaching experience, but administrative experience as well. Having served as an Assistant Athletic Director for the past two years, I am well-versed in the administrative aspects of being an Athletic Director.

In fact, I initiated a number of beneficial administrative changes, including revising the Athletic Handbook in collaboration with students, teachers, and coaches, and leading a successful effort to provide more funds to poorly funded athletic programs.

 As an Athletic Director, I would make the same effort to collaborate with students, teachers, and coaches to improve the success and integrity of the athletic department. I am confident that my experience and values make me an excellent fit for the Athletic Director of 123 Charter High School. I have enclosed my resume, and look forward to speaking with you in person about the position. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Your Typed Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email

Athletic Director Resume Example

When writing a resume, it can be helpful to review samples related to your desired occupation or position to give you an idea of appropriate format and structure. Specifically, when applying for an athletic director position, include all relevant experience, certifications, and education; your experience should be presented in an easy-to-read, reverse-chronological order.

Use the following sample resume as a starting point for your own resume.

John Applicant
123 Main Street, Seattle, WA 98102
(111) 111-1111

Athletic Director | Coach | Teacher  | Administrator

Enthusiastic, driven individual with seven years of experience motivating students to achieve both academic and athletic goals.

Lead athletic teams to multiple-season victories through innovative training strategies. Well-versed in injury rehabilitation, sports psychology, and nutrition.

Professional Experience

Assistant Athletic Director, ABC Public High School

Sept. 20XX-Present

Promoted, based on effectiveness as Assistant Football Coach, to manage administrative operations for active high school sports program.

  • Led varsity football team to three consecutive state championships.
  • Synthesized feedback from both coaches and students to improve Athletic Handbook.
  • Implemented extensive fundraising program and reallocated budget to develop and expand under-funded women’s and co-ed athletic programs.

Assistant Football Coach, ABC Public High School
July 20XX-Aug. 20XX

Taught physical education classes for students in every grade.

  • Expanded physical education curriculum by developing and implementing self-defense and ropes course units.
  • Led daily conditioning program for varsity football team.
  • Oversaw student-athlete conduct and academic eligibility; developed tutoring program for students struggling academically.

Teach for America, XYZ Middle School
July 20XX-July 20XX

Developed and implemented daily lesson plans for 7th grade class; administered tests and other evaluations, and analyzed student performance.

  • Led after school co-ed basketball program for 7th and 8th-grade students to foster teamwork and develop students’ self-esteem.
  • Developed strong relationships with students’ parents to encourage collaboration between faculty and families to achieve student success.


M.S Degree, Sports and Health Sciences, XYZ University                            
(expected) May 20XX

B.A. Degree, Economics, ABC University

Sending an Email Cover Letter and Resume

If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message:

Subject: Athletic Director Position - Your Name

Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation. Here's an example of a formatted email cover letter. Then, either copy and paste the resume in plain text below the cover letter or – ideally – attach it in Word or PDF format to your message.

More Sample Cover Letters

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