Head Women’s Swimming Coach

Job Description:

Date posted: March 21, 2023

Location: Dallas, TX, USA

Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Position:

This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

The Head Coach’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, responsibility for the overall success, performance and conduct of the SMU Women’s Swimming program in regards to academic, athletic and student conduct.

Responsible for supervising, planning and coordinating the activities of the Women’s Swimming team. Assign duties and evaluate the assistant coach. Responsible for all areas of recruiting. Promote the Women’s Swimming team, the Athletic Department and SMU through marketing and public relations activities. Understanding of and compliance to rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Conference, SMU and all other governing bodies relatives to the position.

Essential Functions:

  • Coaching
  • Recruiting
  • Practice and Competition
  • Compliance and Academics
  • Staff Assignments and Management
  • Budget planning and management
  • Position requires regular evening and weekend work
  • Position requires travel



 Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree is required.

A minimum of five years of proven, successful swimming coaching experience is required. Collegiate experience is preferred. Division 1 experience is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with athletes, recruits, coaching staff and administration. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills. A strong customer service orientation is essential.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time-management skills. 

Knowledge of collegiate swimming recruiting and NCAA rules is required. Strong competition decision making and strong leaderships skills are essential.

Strategic thinking and accountability is a must. Candidate must have demonstrated ability in the execution and management of a budget.

Physical and Environmental Demands:

  • Stand
  • Walk for long distances

Deadline to Apply:

The position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, [email protected].


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU’s retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn’t just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

How to Apply

Please apply through our Careers Website: https://smu.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=ATH00000257&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FChicago

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