The Head Coach position is responsible in its entirety for all aspects of the Men's and Women's Division I Swimming and Diving Teams. This includes athlete evaluation and recruiting, practice and competition organization, scheduling of competition, organizing and running all home competitions, media relations and various other obligations.
Coordinates a comprehensive Division I Swimming and Diving program to develop a quality program and student-athlete experience. This position represents the University at all conference coaches meetings. This position is responsible for developing a competitive meet schedule. This position arranges for and pays for all travel expenses for team competition. This position develops the season training plan, including daily practices covering stroke techniques development, basic endurance training, lactate tolerance training, race pacing, race strategy, relaxation, visualization, team building and strength training. This position arranges for the purchases of all necessary team equipment.
This position directs and advises Assistant Coaches in all areas of the program. This position supervises all aspects of home competitions, including the meet entries, running of timing and scoreboard equipment, arrangement of the meet site and hiring and paying of all meet personnel.
Responsible for directing all recruiting efforts of program including identifying needs each year and identifying potential swimmers to attract quality student-athletes to the program.
Work with student-athlete academic support office in monitoring student-athletes’ progress in school to ensure academic progress, retention, and degree completion. Establish fundamental importance of academic success and its positive/integral relationship with success of the swimming and diving program. Serve as counselor/motivator for student-athletes to ensure all swimmers and divers serve as model representatives of the university.
Responsible for program’s operation within NCAA rules. Responsible for working with compliance office to communicate with Admissions and Financial Aid Offices.
Perform duties in conjunction with the offices of External Relations and Development as it relates to publicity, fundraising, and alumni relations for both the swimming and diving program and athletic department as a whole in order to promote the team and the university.
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology, Recreation Administration, Physical Education, or Sports Management or equivalent education, training and experience
3-5 years' experience directing a collegiate program or a club program with national level or international experience.
Knowledge of swimming and pool systems, operations and regulations required.
Knowledge of college athletic administration procedures and NCAA rules.
USA Swimming Membership
Preferred Education and Experience
Master's degree or equivalent in Kinesiology, Recreation Administration, Physical Education, Athletic Training or Sports Management
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Demonstrated knowledge and success in coaching at the collegiate or professional level is required.
The ability to work within NCAA and Patriot League regulations is required.
Ability to work successfully with college student-athletes is required.
Strong technical, organizational, and interpersonal skills required.
All applicants must apply via American University's Human Resources Website