Jun 25, 2024

Elko Swim Team Head Coach

  • Elko Swim Team
  • Elko, NV, USA
Part time Head Coach

Job Description

  • Elko Swim Team is seeking a highly motivated Head Swim Coach to oversee training design, technique and performance excellence that align with the mission and values of our competitive swim club. Position is currently a part time hourly position (includes both on deck coaching and administrative/managerial duties). This position reports to Elko Swim Team board.

Expected Job Duties:

Serve as the Head Swim Coach for the team’s competitive swim program: 

  • Supervise and maintain practice and meet environment, fostering a positive, safe, inclusive, challenging and supportive team environment that promotes sportsmanship, teamwork and the personal growth and development of both athletes and assistant coaches. 

  • Develop and implement comprehensive training programs across all team/group levels tailored to the needs and abilities of each practice group,  focusing on skill development, stroke progression, tactical knowledge, and physical fitness. 

  • Ensure the safety of all swimmers during practices and meets, following proper protocols and guidelines. 

  • Assessment and assignment of swimmers to training groups and appropriate goal setting.

  • Propose the competition calendar for the short course, long course, and championship seasons.

  • Ensure all swim meets have adequate coaching coverage for all participating swimmers.

  • Collaborate with team board on team practice schedules and meet schedules, including team and coach travel, meet entry assignments, and other meet-related administrative duties. 

  • Uphold and enforce team rules, regulations, and board policies.

In addition to coaching experience, the head coach position is responsible for the day-to-day operations, hands-on guidance, and involvement in all aspects of the swim program, including but not limited to:

  • Maintain regular and efficient communication with swimmers, parents, and Elko Swim Team to provide updates on team activities, schedules, sport-specific education, and performance. Communication with the club via email, and athlete/ parent meetings when required/requested. 

  • Management, training, mentoring, scheduling and professional development of the assistant coach staff. Not limited to execution of staff meetings, scheduling, assignment and delegation of duties, development and implementation of a cohesive vision and coaching philosophy throughout the program. 

  • Work collaboratively with Elko Swim Team Board to ensure adequate and effective coaching staff to include position descriptions, search processes, acquisition, orientation and hiring/firing practices.

  • Work collaboratively with City of Elko resources to secure pool time and set practice times for groups in the allotted time available, resolving pool limitations creatively to accommodate training.

  • Work collaboratively with the parent volunteers by attending meetings and providing monthly progress reports regarding athlete performance, financial, communication, and staffing statuses.

  • Assist Elko Swim Team Board with the development and implementation of the annual budget and conduct and manage club activities within the parameters of the budget. 

  • Plan, participate, promote and engage in team community events, awards, team building and team social events and meetings. 

  • Collaborate with volunteer help to coordinate meet set-up, management, and take down for Club-hosted meets.

  • Lead swimmer recruitment and retention efforts to maintain Club membership.  

  • Represent Elko Swim Team professionally and positively within the Snake River LSC and Elko swim community and greater. 

  • Maintain good public relations and communication with media, potential members, sponsors, etc. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Current USA Swimming coach member in good standing, including lifeguard, first aid and all USA Swimming coach courses and certifications.

  • 5+ years coaching experience demonstrating a record of successful leadership with both developmental and elite swimmers in technique, race strategy, stroke mechanics, age-appropriate dryland training techniques and training methodologies. Strong understanding of overall balance of training for distance and sprint, taper techniques. 

  • Strong organizational ability to manage multiple tasks and events simultaneously.

  • Proficient in use of TeamUnify platforms, USA swimming, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – or equivalent) and email.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) to effectively interact with athletes, parents, staff, City of Elko and the broader community.

  • Ability to demonstrate reliability, availability, and ethical behavior including punctuality, confidentiality, professionalism, positive and constructive feedback.

  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, attention to detail, accuracy and follow through.

  • Knowledge, compliance and commitment to Safe Sport and USA Swimming regulations.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • 5 years+ experience as Head Coach at the club level

  • Experience as a competitive swimmer, preferably at a collegiate level

  • Proficient in use of Meet Manager, Timing System platforms

  • Experience with swim meet management and execution.


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