Head Diving Coach

Job Description:

Date posted: March 15, 2023

Location: 639 Howard Road, West Point, NY, USA


Under indirect supervision, this position is responsible for creating and maintaining a successful Men’s and Women’s Diving program.  The Head Coach is responsible for evaluating, recruiting, training and coaching Cadet-Athletes to compete successfully against Division I intercollegiate-level competition.  This position reports directly to the Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach, keeping them apprised of all planning, organizing and development of the Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving program.  This is a professional coaching position, and all duties of the position must be conducted in adherence with the policies, rules, and regulations of the United States Military Academy (“USMA”), Army West Point Athletics Association Inc. (“AWPAA”) and the NCAA.


Scope of Impact

The Head Coach is acting as an extension of the Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach and has direct access to the Cadet-Athletes.  The Head Diving Coach must possess highly professional mannerisms, moral and ethical character and be a role model.


Level of Decision Making

The responsibilities outlined in this job description are integral to the success of the Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving program and AWPAA.  All decisions associated with designated responsibilities, will be made in conjunction with the Head Coach and Sport Administrator.


Success Factors

Success in this position will be evaluated by the Supervisor on the employee’s performance in a variety of areas, including but not limited to: Commitment, Coachability, Efficiency, Initiative, Collegiality, Communication, Quality of Work, Compliance with applicable rules and regulations.


Essential Functions

30% Coaching & Mentoring

  • Promotes the philosophy and objectives of AWPAA; to include adhering to and enforcing all AWPAA policies and procedures, as well as rules and regulations of USMA, the Patriot League, and the NCAA.
  • Assists the Head Coach the ongoing teaching and instruction of Cadet-Athletes in the performance of diving such as, but not limited to, games, practices, individual and team workouts, and conditioning sessions.
  • Coach and instruct Cadet-Athletes individually and in groups and demonstrate teach techniques and skills required to be successful in the sport of diving.
  • Plan, execute, and attend practice sessions (in water, dryland, and strength & conditioning) and meets.
  • Provide an overall positive educational environment for Cadet-Athletes conducive to learning, athletic development, social growth, and preparing them for life beyond college.
  • Supervise, in conjunction with the athletic tutoring and advising program, the total academic progress of the team implementing corrective action plans through appropriate staff.
  • Monitor and maintain the discipline and conduct of Cadet-Athletes to support the image and reputation of AWPAA and the Academy. Responsible for the development, safety and conduct of the Cadet-Athletes within the sport program.

25% Recruiting

  • Recruiting Coordinator for Army West Point Diving. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    • Creation and maintenance of Diving Recruiting Database.
    • Coordination/supervision of official and unofficial visits.
    • Booking of travel, accommodations, entertainment.
    • Preparation of recruiting credentials, etc.
    • Creation and dissemination of itineraries for official/unofficial visits.
    • Ensure all NCAA/Compliance requirements are met for official/unofficial visits (i.e., NCAA Eligibility center, transcripts/test scores, etc.).
    • Maintain a master calendar of all on campus recruiting (i.e., official visits, unofficial visits, Junior Day, etc.), off-campus recruiting (i.e., competitions, club/home visits, etc.), and evaluations.
    • Oversee management of recruiting software (i.e., ARMS.).
    • Meetings with AWPAA Recruiting/Admissions contact to track recruits, admissions information, eligibility, etc.
    • Discover and recruit highly competitive and qualified potential Cadet-Athletes (“PCAs”). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Discovery of PCAs.
  • Communication (i.e., calls, texts, emails, etc.) with PCAs during contact periods.
  • Timely and accurate submission of ARMS Recruiting Activity Logs (calls, contacts, evaluations, etc.)
    • Expected recruiting call volumes will average:
    • 25-30+ per month June-January w/ junior/senior PCAs.
    • As needed per month February-May based on the remaining recruiting list (i.e., targeted recruiting, following call frequency expectations).
  • Expected communication frequency with PCAs will follow these guidelines:
  • For 4 Star Recruits, 1 call per every 7-10 days.
  • For 3 Star Recruits, 1 call per every 2 weeks.
  • For 2 Star Recruits, 1 call per every month.
  • For 1 Star Recruits, as needed after initial call.
  • For priority PCAs, direct email and call with the club/high school coaches early in the recruiting process.
  • Continue to track and monitor 1 Star Recruits for further development. Adjust rating based on improvement and/or untapped potential.
  • Maintain record of communication with PCAs, coaches of PCAs, as well as pertinent information on the PCAs.

25% Team Travel

  • Co-Coordinator for Team Travel logistics for all team related travel; responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Will oversee and coordinate with the Athletic Intern (“AI”) regarding the booking/planning of all travel related details to ensure things are done in a timely manner and within the constraints of our budget (i.e., flights, buses, rental cars/vans, hotels, team rooms, cash advances, travel reports, itineraries, etc.).
  • Develop and disseminate travel itinerary for all team travel and competitions (including home meets).
    • Ensure itinerary is shared with the appropriate administrators, staff and team.
  • Responsible for cash advances and travel reports.
  • Will have itineraries prepared by Wednesday practice prior to travel on weekends.

10% At Home Meals/Nutrition Supplement Coordinator

  • Main POC for Team Meals and Nutrition/Supplement ordering and oversight. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Coordination of all team meals.
  • Closing tables and submitting rosters for Cadet meal reimbursements from the Mess Hall.
  • Weekly ordering of all nutrition/supplement supplies through our Sports Dietitian.
  • Work with AI and Managers to ensure that supplements are picked up and that our refueling stations are stocked each week in a neat and timely manner.

5% Administrative

  • Work to integrate sports into the whole spectrum of USMA life to complement the AWPAA and USMA mission in the military community.
  • Assist the Head Coach in the administration of the entire sport program, including, but not limited to daily practices, game planning and implementation, recruiting, equipment management, facilities scheduling, and budget.
  • Team Credit Card reconciliation each month.
  • Ensures safety of student athlete and coaching staff through careful monitoring of the condition of athletics equipment and facilities utilized by designated sport; submits requires for repair, maintenance, and improvement of facilities to facility manager, when appropriate

5% Other Duties as Assigned


Supervisory Responsibilities

One athletic intern and one team manager.


Work Conditions & Physical Requirements

Perform duties in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment that may require medium lifting at times. Exposure to weather elements during outdoor events.

Must be able to work nights, weekends, and holidays.



The Head Coach of the Diving team will travel out of season to support the recruitment of cadet-athletes and in-season as per the competition schedule.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 2+ years collegiate, club, and/or high school coaching experience; thorough knowledge of recruiting practices and NCAA regulations.
  • Ability to take direction from and support the vision of head coach.
  • Expertise in the technical aspects of diving.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively and professionally with coaches, administrators, Cadet-Athletes, recruits, parents, etc.
  • Takes initiative, hardworking, ability/willingness to figure out solutions to problems independently, creative.
  • Extremely organized, detail oriented, self-starter and intrinsically motivated.
  • Strong management and leadership skills; Proven ability to multi-task effectively.
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Proficient computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, and social media.
  • Thorough knowledge of NCAA and American conference rules and regulations
  • Understand meet manager and team manager software; Daktronics timing system.


Additional Eligibility Requirements

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must submit to a background check


EEO Statement

AWPAA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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