Dec 01, 2019

Head Competitive Swim Coach

  • YMCA of Metro North
  • Melrose, MA, USA
Full time Head Coach

Job Description

The YMCA of Metro North is looking for a Full Time Head Competitive Coach to bring their aquatic passion to the newly merged Swim Team.  The team will have three locations: Lynn, Peabody and Melrose.  Under the direction of the Association Aquatic Adviser, the Head Swim Team Coach is responsible helping our swimmers to realize what they can be instead of what they are, organizing and conducting practices, clinics, meets and other events for the YMCA of Metro North Swim Team. As their coach, your job is to set the bar high, inspire them to reach this bar, encourage them, and most of all, guide them in the best possible manner and in the most supportive environment. This newly formed team had 130 swimmer enrolled in the 2018 fall/winter season with room to grow.  This program is conducted in accordance with the missions and policies of the YMCA of Metro North, the YMCA of the USA, and USA Swimming. We invite our new coach to be a link to our storied past and the bridge to our successful future.



  • A minimum of Lifeguarding (ARC) and CPR/AED/AEO is required.
  • Coaching certifications from YMCA of the USA and USA Swimming. Certification from ASCA is preferred.
  • Two to four years competitive coaching experience is required.
  • Two years Head Coach preferred.
  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field or equivalent preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to communicate recognized principles and practices of coaching young swimmers.
  • Demonstrated ability to build a team of quality coaches.
  • Great communication skills a must as well as supervision and public relations skills.
  • Sexual harassment training must be obtained within 6 months.
  • Additional certifications preferred: Lifeguard Management, WSI and/or Y Swim Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor, and Pool Operator.

Essential Functions

  • Contribute to and supervise the fulfillment of the YMCA Mission and character development values through the YMCA of Metro North Swim team program.
  • Develop staff through supervision and development opportunities.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise all level swim coaches, coach’s assistants, and parent volunteers.
  • Recruit and oversee the Parent’s Association volunteers, attend monthly Parent Advisory meetings or arrange a coach representative. Assure that monthly all-parent meetings are held (this can include the spring banquet).
  • Encourage recruitment of swimmers through YMCA swim lesson programs as well as other YMCA youth programs in collaboration with the Association Aquatic Adviser and the Aquatics Directors.
  • At times, teach swim lessons and guard during low swim team times.
  • Maintain and administer Team Unify
  • Develop and maintain a recordkeeping system of the status and progress of each swimmer.
  • In conjunction with the assistant swim coaches, prepare all meet entries assuring that every child swims in every meet they attend.
  • Develop a schedule for swim team practices across multiple facilities, and develop competitive swim clinics each year.
  • Update, maintain, and distribute the Swim Team handbook.
  • Communicate regularly with the Association Aquatic Advisor and all coaches.
  • Maintain communication and rapport with all swimmers and their parents.
  • Demonstrate an enthusiastic attitude towards the team and provide a positive learning environment for all.
  • Oversee the team unify website and other social media and ensure that it is kept up to date.
  • Assist in the preparation of an annual budget under the guidance and supervision of the Association Aquatic Adviser, and manage that budget for the Swim team program in accordance with established procedures and expectations.
  • Represent the YMCA of Metro North at YMCA regional events and trainings.
  • Continue to develop and evaluate the USA Swimming program as part of the Swim program.
  • Report any facility problems, needed repairs to the Facility Director.
  • Evaluate all programs annually to ensure they meets the needs of program participants.
  • Keep current with swim coaching techniques and issues. Membership in ASCA recommended.
  • Keep all certifications current and monitor coaching staff to ensure their certifications are also kept current.
  • Attend practice in each location each week.
  • Other duties as needed.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

  • Staff Administration: Under the direction of the Aquatics Director, will assist in recruitment, hiring, training, supervising, motivating and evaluating swim team staff, as well as taking disciplinary action up to and including termination as needed.
  • Program Development: Assist with the evaluation and improvement of the swim team program. Assist with the creation of new programs and new collaborations.
  • Supervision: Supervise all assistant coaches, coach aids, volunteer coaches, and mentors.
  • Complete reports, projects, and assignments as needed or assigned.
  • Attend meetings and trainings as needed or assigned.


Required Certifications

  • A minimum of Lifeguarding (YMCA or ARC) and CPR/AED/AEO is required.
  • Coaching certifications from YMCA of the USA and USA Swimming. Certification from ASCA is preferred.
  • Principles for YMCA within the first 60 days of hire


$45,000 - $52,000.

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