Jun 05, 2019

Exciting Full time Salary Head Swim Team Coach opening for The Wallingford Family YMCA Dolphins

  • Wallingford Family YMCA
  • 81 S Elm St, Wallingford, CT, USA
Full time Head Coach

Job Description



“A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.”- John Wooden

The Wallingford Family YMCA is looking for a Full Time Head Coach to bring their aquatic passion to the legendary Dolphins Swim Team. Under the direction of the Senior Director of Membership & Wellness, 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 Wallingford Dolphins 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 team is sponsored by the Wallingford Family YMCA and participates in the Yankee Cluster Swim League, having secured countless local, regional and national titles.  This program is conducted in accordance with the missions and policies of the Wallingford Family YMCA, 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.


FLSA:  Full-time, exempt position.



  • 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.
  • 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.



  • Contribute to and supervise the fulfillment of the YMCA Mission and character development values through the Wallingford Dolphins Swim team program.
  • Develop staff through supervision and team-building.
  • 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 Association meetings or arrange a coach representative. Assure that monthly all-parent meetings are held (this can include the spring banquet) where parents vote on Association budget and membership and any other business.
  • Encourage recruitment of swimmers through YMCA swim lesson programs as well as other YMCA youth programs in collaboration with the Senior Director of Membership & Wellness and the Aquatics Director.
  • 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 Dolphin Swim Team handbook.
  • Communicate regularly Senior Director of Membership & Wellness 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 Dolphins 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 Senior Director of Membership & Wellness, and manage that budget for the Dolphins Swim team program in accordance with established procedures and expectations.
  • Represent the Wallingford Family YMCA at YMCA regional events and trainings.
  • Continue to develop and evaluate the USA Swimming program as part of the Dolphins Swim program.
  • Report any facility problems, needed repairs to the Facility Director following the work order procedure.
  • 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.



  • 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.



Safety is the responsibility of every employee of the Wallingford Family YMCA. Each employee is charged with adhering to the YMCA’s Safety and Risk Management program as directed by the management.



  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time.



  • The Head Swim Team Coach’s success will be measured by:
  • Providing a high quality swim team experience to all participants.
  • Ensuring maximum safety of all program participants.
  • Sound administration as evidenced in purposeful records systems.
  • Steady improvement in the quality and strength of the swim team program.
  • Consistent scheduling of staff with no interruption of services provided to swimmers.


  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • 15 paid vacation days per year ( monthly accrual)
  • 3 personal days per year
  • 6 sick days per year ( monthly accrual
  • We offer health and dental insurance plans
  • Free YMCA individual membership (couple and or family also offered  free with limited restrictions)
  • Paid life insurance
  • Paid disability (Long term)

 Please contact Sally Darrow with any questions by phone at  203-269-4497 ext 202 or by email: sdarrow@wallingfordymca.org

 Please see our career website http://www.wallingfordymca.org/

Salary: $30,000.00 to $32,000.00 /year


Submit The following to Sally Darrow by email: sdarrow@wallingfordymca.org

  1. Cover letter with your interest in the position
  2. Resume with relevant qualifications and experience
  3. List of Relevant Certifications you hold with expiration dates
  4. 3 References and or letters of recommendation we can easily contact/verify
  5. Your Email and phone number for communicating with you

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