Assistant Swim Coach, Durango, Colorado

Applications due 08/01/19

Job Description:

Location: 2700 Main Avenue, Durango, CO, USA

Durango Swim Club, in Durango Colorado, has an immediate opening for an experienced and enthusiastic Assistant Swim Coach.

Title: Durango Swim Club Assistant Swim Coach
Reports to: Durango Swim Club Head Coach
Position Status: Part-time, year round

About Durango Swim Club:
The Durango Swim Club (DGO) of Durango, CO is seeking an enthusiastic, motivated Assistant Swim Coach candidate for our year-round competitive swim team, with a love for the sport who can work well with children and be able to communicate well with Head Coach, swimmers, and their parents.

DGO is a USA Swimming affiliated team. We currently have 75 plus swimmers in five progressive training groups: Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold, & Platinum that train year-round with a staff of 2 certified coaches. These groups are designed to provide athletes with a fun team atmosphere where swimmers of similar ability and commitment practice together and TEAM is emphasized in a competitive setting.

DGO has swimmers from beginning age group to nationally-ranked athletes. This includes numerous zone, sectional and junior national level athletes.
Many of our DGO alumni have gone on to swim collegiately at top-ranked universities, including the University of Hawaii, University of Houston, Vasser, and Pepperdine. DGO is a nonprofit 501c3 organization under the direction of a volunteer parent run Board of Directors elected every three years by the membership.

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Coaching Requirements:
1. Required to have a current USA Swimming Coach Certification. A current USA Swimming registration card shall be worn at all meets and should be available on deck during practices. Renewal of certifications is required.
2. Clinics and ongoing professional development is encouraged.

Coaching Responsibilities and Duties:
1. Attends all practices (in the case of absences, Head Coach has been contacted prior to absence and/or prior    arrangements have been made to ensure swim practice coverage) and attends swim meets during the year, which are pre-determined by Head Coach and Board of Directors.
2. Demonstrates working knowledge of competitive swimming strokes, techniques of competitive swimming/physical conditioning, rules and regulations.
3. Creates a safe, positive swimming environment, including bully prevention
4. Attends regular meetings with Head Coach and board meetings as requested by Head Coach and/or Board of Directors.
5. Writes and creates workouts/season plan for swimmers in accordance with Head Coach and appropriate ability level for group.
6. Assists the swimmers in monitoring his/her times and designates specific events for swimmers at meets as appropriate.
7. Provides a goal-oriented program for assigned group and for individuals.
8. Conducts, as applicable, individual swimmer/coach conferences to establish set goals for the season.
9. Actively participates in practices and meets, demonstrating enthusiasm and team spirit for members.
10. Maintains efficient communication with swimmers and parents regarding information necessary for the day to day functioning of the club.
11. Maintains efficient communication with Head Coach regarding information necessary (such as practice schedules, meets, coaching decisions) for the day to day functioning of the club.
12. Demonstrates responsibility in regards to maintenance and upkeep of the pool as per the club’s agreement with the City of Durango.
13. Is available for on deck training and supervision by the Head Coach as mutually agreed upon for the smooth transition of swimmers advancing through the program.
14. Effectively and fairly disciplines swimmers as needed in regards to rules of swimming conduct. Notifies and discusses said actions with Head Coach.
15. Demonstrates a positive and effective relationship with members of Durango Parks and Recreation Staff and/or pool patrons.
16. Ensures all swimmers in assigned group have completed and turned in all necessary forms and fees before entering the water (club registration, medical release and USA registrations).
17. Assist parents, swimmers, and the head coach with meet entries as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Must have USA Swimming Coach Certification
• ASCA level 2, but will consider the right candidate with a lower ranking
• Experience coaching various ages and skill levels in a competitive environment (ability to get in the water with younger swimmers)
• Swimming experience at the club and collegiate level
• Ability to set and achieve individual and team goals and encourage others to do the same
• Driver’s license and ability to travel

This is a year round, salaried position with opportunity for salary increases with the growth of the team. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience within a range of $12,000 to $15,000 annually. DGO will also pay $50 per meet, plus lodging, miles, and per diem. The position will require about 10-15 hours per week. There are also other opportunities within the community to coach Masters swimming, private swim lessons, and/or train triathletes.

How to Apply

Position start date is flexible to the right candidate, but no later than August 15th, 2019. All application materials should be sent to the Durango Head Coach and the Board of Directors at:
[email protected]
[email protected]

A complete application consists of:
• Letter of application detailing relevant experience and how the applicant is prepared to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, including coaching philosophy
• Current resume
• List of three current references with contact information

About Durango:
Durango is a vibrant town located in the southwest corner of Colorado and nestled in the San Juan Mountains with the Animas River running through it. Durango is a destination for all ages and all seasons. Summer brings endless hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, fly fishing, and river rafting opportunities. Durango is also home to Fort Lewis College, a 4-year liberal arts college with over 44 majors and 29 combined NCAA Division II sports teams and intercollegiate club teams. Music in the Mountains, Durango Independent Film Festival and countless other family festivals are always a big hit. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is one of the nation’s most popular tourist attractions and it also has special themed trips throughout the year. Fall brings perfect weather and picturesque scenery for continued outdoor pursuits and excellent photographic opportunities. The fall colors are a kaleidoscopic feast for the eyes and one of the most popular times to visit the area. Winter brings world class downhill skiing and snowboarding at Purgatory (formerly Durango Mountain Resort). Cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice-climbing and backcountry skiing are also major recreational pursuits in the area. The more adventurous can explore North America’s only all-extreme ski area in nearby Silverton and Telluride, Wolf Creek and Taos are all a short distance away. Early spring has some of our favorite snow conditions with endless sunny warm days, and late spring emerges with beautiful wildflowers for all outdoor enthusiasts and photographers. Don’t miss a visit to Mesa Verde National Park to explore the cave dwellings and culture of the Anasazi in one of the nation’s most scenic and visited national parks. Durango offers sophisticated restaurants and shopping, a budding arts community, diverse cultural attractions, and all while maintaining its down-home atmosphere and friendly welcoming feel.

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Contact Information

Brandon Walker

phone: (918) 772-0850