How to Make Your Next Coach Hire

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Last updated at 09-18-2020 10:54:04



More than 2,215 companies advertise 8,556 Coach jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Coach most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 2,318 job posts from 905 employers in the United States. This is a decrease of 10.5% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 42 Coach job seekers for every active Coach job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Customer Service Representative, Delivery Driver, Receptionist, Administrative Assistant, Coach, Retail Sales Associate, Warehouse Worker, Babysitter/Nanny, Personal Trainer, and Case Manager seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Coach candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Customer Service Representative, Administrative Assistant, Receptionist, Delivery Driver, Coach, Personal Trainer, Retail Sales Associate, Front Desk Agent, Tutor, and Sales Associate. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Coach candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 16.0% of the active Coach candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 22.5% have between 3-5 years of experience, 30.1% have 6-10 years of experience, and 31.4% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 9.6 years to 9.6 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include communication skills, sports coaching, swimming, teaching, organizational skills, recruiting, leadership, computer skills, customer service, and Microsoft Office. Demand for teaching, computer skills, leadership, recruiting, customer service, communication skills, organizational skills, sports coaching, and swimming has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Coach with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.4 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 30.2% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 40.0%.

Example Coach responsibilities

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of each member of the team
  • Provide feedback and encouragement to both individual players and the team as a whole
  • Teach players techniques and strategies for sports related activities
  • Manage games to monitor the progress and readiness of the players on their teams


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Coach positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Ohio are the states that have the highest demand for Coachs. California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Ohio are where most job seekers are searching for Coach jobs. If we look at the Coach to job ratio, Louisiana, Kansas, Vermont, Wyoming, and Montana have the lowest number of Coach applicants per job. Hawaii, Nevada, Rhode Island, Mississippi, and California have the most active Coach job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 859,087 job seekers interested in Coach opportunities in the United States. That’s a 13.9% increase compared to the previous quarter with 85,736 active job seekers. Around 16.0% of the active Coach candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 22.5% have between 3-5 years of experience, 30.1% have 6-10 years of experience, and 31.4% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Coach candidates is 9.6 years. Active candidates in the Coach profession most commonly have bachelor's degrees, followed by high school diplomas, master's degrees, and associate's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Coach candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 9,302 Coachs from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Dogtopia, Goodwill Industries, YMCA, Brain Balance Achievement Centers, Bowen Center, Clear Motivations, Sitel, Atlas Lift Tech, T-Mobile, and Tapestry.

After analyzing post-interview data from Coach candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 45.3% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 86.2% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Coach candidates are expecting a on-site interview, phone call/screening, background check, and group interview. Most employers do not require a presentation or written test. If you are trying to hire your next Coach quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 77.1% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 42% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • How did you get your job?
  • What do you like most about your job?
  • What are the biggest challenges you’ve encountered in your job?
  • How do you define success in a coaching position?
  • What are three words that describe what you bring to a team?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Coach salary offered by employers increased for 2 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a decrease of 5% from $54,869.81 to $51,894.74 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Coach positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 59.6%, dental insurance by 52.3%, paid time off by 52.0%, vision insurance by 44.9%, a 401k plan by 36.4%, discounts by 28.5%, and stock options/grants by 6.3%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including paternity leave, mostly remote, fully remote, flexible working hours, somewhat remote, sabbaticals, location variety, and maternity leave, to attract and retain Coach candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 31.2% of the employers conducted a background check, and 10.3% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Coach candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Coach, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move a Coach candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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