Mercersburg Academy Seeks Head Coach of Boys’ and Girls’ Swimming

Applications due 03/30/24

Job Description:

Date posted: February 27, 2024

Location: Mercersburg, PA, USA

Head Coach of Boys’ and Girls’ Swimming

Department of Athletics

Job Classification: Faculty, Academic Year + Month, Exempt, Benefits Eligible

Reports To: Director of Athletics


Mercersburg’s swimming legacy dates to 1908 and features 24 Olympians from across the world, countless high school All-Americans, and waves of successful collegiate competitors. This legacy was built and has been maintained with a balance of the academic demands of a highly competitive college preparatory boarding school and the leadership of a succession of capable coaches. Mercersburg’s swimming program operates all three seasons of the academic year.

Beginning the 2024-25 academic year, the Head Coach of boys’ and girls’ swimming will work beside the outgoing Director of Swimming to lead a highly competitive boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving program and to further the aquatic programming at Mercersburg. The incumbent will move into the Director of Swimming/Head Coach role for the 2025-26 academic year. 

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Establish a vision for the program and demonstrate a commitment to the mission and the purpose of the program. 
  • Communicate and embody the competitive and cooperative nature of athletics, the need for teaching and learning, and the drive for achievement and improvement.  Consistently apply and strongly adhere to the rules of competition relative to
  • the sport and a respectful approach to both victory and defeat.
  • Effectively set and communicate short, intermediate, and long-term goals and
  • execute action steps with the coaching staff and team(s).
  • Create and maintain an atmosphere of trust and respect for, and between, athletes and coaches through demonstration and application of integrity and high ideals in the sport and in relationships with athletes and coaches.
  • Exercise self-control and sound judgment when engaged with staff and athletes during practices and competitive events, as well as beyond the athletic venue.
  • Coordinate the swimming and diving coaching staff. Prepare and execute practices, contests, and other components of team operations effectively and efficiently.
  • The head coach is expected to be highly active in the admission process with prospective students and their families. Duties may include participation in Open Houses and Acceptance Days, responding to inquiries from prospective students who are referred by the Admission Office, meeting with prospective students who are visiting campus, and working closely with the Admission Office during admission season.
  • Provide appropriate and accurate guidance to athletes who desire to compete on the collegiate level. This involves knowledge of opportunities and NCAA rules, communicating with college coaches, and generally being active in the advising process for athletes and their families.
  • Manage the USA club component of Mercersburg Swimming to include membership affiliation and registration for the student-athletes. This may also require travel to meets in the spring season, depending on the student-athlete. 
  • Develop the future of aquatics programming and operations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The position requires a person who has experience teaching and/or coaching adolescents and enjoys working with and relates well to both adults and students. The head coach is collaborative and communicates well.  The work of the Head Coach accounts for 3.0 units of 6.0 units for a full-time faculty position. The head coach carries out additional responsibilities such as working in the College Counseling Office or another administrative area, teaching, and/or residential assignments.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited four-year institution
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate aquatic programming
  • Considerable experience as a head coach at the high school, collegiate, and/or competitive             USA club level
  • Strong knowledge of philosophy, principles, and practices of independent school aquatic

programs and USA Swimming programs

  • Level 4 ASCA certification or higher preferred or equivalent experience

How to Apply

Apply on the Mercersburg Academy employment page at

Contact Information

Danielle Nordyke

100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236

phone: 717-328-6116