Lake Monsters Head Coach

Job Description:

Date posted: September 14, 2023

Location: 309 Ridgewater Drive, Polson, MT, USA

309 Ridgewater Dr. Polson, MT

Job Description: Swim Team Head Coach

Position Summary: The Head Coach of the Lake Monsters Swim Team will be focused on supporting the mission of the Lake Monsters Swim Team and Mission Valley Aquatics. The mission is to create a sustainable, year-round, family-oriented, USA Swimming competitive swim team program at the Mission Valley Aquatic Center. This is a full-time position and hours will vary depending on time of year and other seasonal commitments ( about 30-40 hrs/week). The primary responsibility will be to guide swim-team participants through practices, meets, and direct the other swim team staff accordingly. The position reports to the Executive Director of Mission Valley Aquatics.

Essential Functions:
Create an energetic, fun and safe environment for swimmers and families
Hold between 225 and 275 practices per year with an expected duration of 2 hours of practice/day. Employee is expected to hold practices each day, Monday through Friday throughout the year, except on holidays, according to the season schedule.
Work with the aquatic director to schedule practice times, swim meets, and other special events and clinics
Supervise swimmers during practice; ensuring swimmer safety
Explain and enforce swim team policies and procedures
Design and communicate workouts with fellow coaches to maintain curriculum consistency
Manage all USA Swimming and Montana Swimming annual registrations and swim meet entries
with attendance at an estimated 8 to 15 meets per year
Communicate regularly with parents about swimmer progress and requirements for success
Provide regular feedback about swim team operations to aquatic director
Using an approved system, maintain team record keeping (Team Unity software or comparable system)
Working with the Executive Director, oversee the coaching staff to include input for hiring, training methods and performance management
Participate in community outreach and fundraising events to promote the Swim Team and Mission Valley Aquatics – determined by the Executive Director and Board of Directors
Will attend Parent meetings as necessary and communicate effectively with swim team parents.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must know how to swim and meet all USA Swimming Coach Education Requirements
American Swim Coaches Association Level 3 or higher preferred
Thorough knowledge of age group and USA Swimming and Montana Swimming organizations and policies
Hy-Tek Team Manager or Team Unify web-based team management software knowledge
Familiarity with the USA Swimming OMR platform or willingness to learn
Ability to effectively communicate with and maintain working relationships with facility employees, general public and the Board of Directors

CPR, AED, Basic First Aid certification
Red Cross Lifeguard training and certification
USA Swimming Safe Sport Certification

Physical Requirements:
Ability to swim and demonstrate stroke techniques.
Ability to instruct and observe participants in proper stroke techniques.
Ability to lift and move equipment up to 50 lbs.

Meet and Travel:
Employee will be reimbursed for travel to and from meets, including mileage, per diem and lodging. Reimbursements will be made according to the Montana State Wage and Hour Standard Travel reimbursement rates.

Expectations and Wages:
Wages are negotiable.
MVA expects that this position will coach between 225 and 275 practices per year with an average duration of 2 hours per practice.
Position will require at least 20 hours per week for practice prep and general management/marketing for the swim team and 10 hours per week leading practices . This time should be completed at the MVA facility.
Position is authorized to attend parent meetings as necessary and to be reimbursed for hours associated with attendance at these meetings.
Time keeping software will be used for all hours coded at the MVA facility. Employee will keep track of hours spent coaching for meets as well as travel time and will report time to the Executive Director in a timely manner.
Employee will be reimbursed for travel to and from swim meets and for time spent coaching at swim meets at Montana State Wage and Hour Standard Travel reimbursement rates.
Any overtime must receive prior approval by Executive Director
Employee may not engage in the private business of coaching swimming other than for MVA and affiliations of MVA.

Probation: It is understood that the first 90 days of employment shall be probationary only and that if the Employee’s services are not satisfactory to the Employer, employment shall be terminated during or at the end of this probationary period.

Work Hours: The hours & schedule worked by the Employee may vary and be adjusted by the Employer.

Drug Screening and Background Check: The Employer reserves the right to drug test all employees, at any time, during the course of their employment. The Employer also reserves the right to run a background check on each candidate upon hire.

How to Apply

Email résumé to [email protected]


Contact Information

Bailee Hawkins

309 Ridgewater Dr. Polson, MT 59860

phone: 406-883-4567 ext. 4568