Head Swim Coach

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Job Description

The YMCA of Metro North is currently seeking a dedicated Full Time Head Coach to lead and inspire our Tritons Swim Team with a strong passion for aquatics. The team will operate across three locations: Lynn, Peabody, and Melrose. Reporting to the Association Director of Aquatics, the Head Swim Team Coach will play a pivotal role in nurturing the potential of our swimmers, organizing, and overseeing practices, clinics, meets, and other team events for the YMCA of Metro North Swim Team. As their coach, you will be responsible for setting high standards, motivating them to achieve these standards, providing encouragement, and, above all, guiding them in the best possible manner within a supportive environment. The team boasted 130 swimmers enrolled with ample room for expansion. This program adheres to the missions and policies of the YMCA of Metro North, the YMCA of the USA, and USA Swimming. We welcome our new coach to become a vital link to our rich history and a bridge to our promising future.


·        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 Director of Aquatics 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 Association Director of Aquatics, 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

·        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