Gonzaga College SJ is seeking to appoint a First Year and Second Year Head Coaches for the 2023/24 season.

The school is inviting applications from suitably-qualified persons with relevant coaching experience to join a highly motivated and thriving rugby department to help drive rugby forward at the school.

The positions will take effect from August 2023.


  • IRFU coaching qualifications
  • All coaches must complete a new Garda Vetting process.

Key Responsibilities and abilities

  • Have a strong technical and tactical knowledge of all aspects of the game
  • Be capable of leading large numbers of players
  • To have experience of working in a rugby school or club environment
  • To be adaptable and able to work collaboratively with other coaches, teachers and the Director.
  • Develop a winning culture with game plans and training strategies focused on getting the optimal results from players on match days
  • Plan, prepare and deliver coaching sessions for 1st Years or 2nd Years
  • Evaluate, analyse and reflect on all coaching sessions and games with the coaching team and players.
  • Attend all coaching sessions and matches involved with the relevant school teams
  • Mentor and advise coaches and players within the club and deliver workshops when required.
  • Lead the team culture, working with other team management to ensure the team is organised, disciplined and has a positive team spirit ensuring the team has pride in themselves, the school and their sponsors.
  • Be available for 3 weekdays and Saturday mornings, 1st Years – Mon/Wed/Thur, 2nd Years – Tue/Wed/Thur
  • Accident report forms to be completed to ensure tracing of injuries to players throughout the season. Liaise with teacher manager.

Key Qualities

  • Leadership and self-awareness
  • Technical and tactical knowledge
  • Player management
  • Planning and communication skills
  • Commitment, patience and enthusiasm
  • Athletic development experience
  • Performance analysis software experience

Applications, including a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae should be submitted to Director of Rugby gnaoupu@gonzaga.ie no later than 12pm on Wednesday, 28 June.

The school is an equal opportunities employer.