Mitchell Aquatic Club Seeks Head Coach, Salary Range $32,000-$42,000

Job Description:

Head Coach Job Description:

The Mitchell Aquatic Club (MAC), a USA Swimming club in Mitchell, SD, is seeking an inspiring full time

Head Coach with excellent leadership, technical expertise, communication and team building skills to coach and mentor our year-round team of approximately 70 athletes.  Our vision is to foster health and fitness in the Mitchell area in a safe, fun, and competitive environment; to develop aquatic skills providing all participants the opportunities to grow and succeed to their highest level; and to emphasize team unity and family participation.  We have a driven and talented group of swimmers supported by a committed Board and parent membership. MAC has been serving Mitchell and the surrounding area for over 35 years. We have consistently had swimmers compete at Junior Nationals, Sectionals, and Zones and approximately 90% of our senior group have gone on to compete at the collegiate level.  Because swimming is not a sanctioned high school sport in South Dakota, our athletes swim with the Club year-round; therefore, this position offers a unique opportunity to develop a program that will maximize excellence and allow strong and continuous coach/team bonding. Practice facilities include an indoor 25 meter practice pool in winter and an outdoor 50 meter pool in summer.  The city of Mitchell is in the process of building a permanent indoor 25 yard pool at the Mitchell Recreation Center.  Their plan is to break ground in the spring of 2017.


Primary Responsibilities:

* Coach all competitive age groups. This includes, but is not limited to, developing a swim program that is technically, age, and developmentally appropriate, for both water and dryland training, which allows swimmers of different abilities to reach their highest potential

* Supervise, mentor, and evaluate assistant coach/coaches

* Prepare daily and seasonal workouts, skill sets, and group practices

* Support the team’s mission, vision, and core values by providing leadership and team

management in a professional manner. Ensure that all team operations are completed in a

timely and organized manner

* Lead and manage our Swim America program, which has averaged 200 kids per year since 2011

* Attend swim meets

* Attend and participate in Board meetings as a non-voting member

* Lead swimmer recruitment/retention efforts

* Foster solid relationships with athletes and families


Minimum Requirements:

* Meet all USA Swimming coaching requirements

* At least 2 years of swim coaching experience and 1 year of management/administrative


* Must be a US citizen or currently eligible to work in the US

* Have a contagious and enthusiastic attitude and ability to motivate swimmers

* Post-secondary degree


Desirable Requirements:

* ASCA level 2 certification or higher

* Previous experience as head coach

* Experience as a competitive swimmer at the collegiate level



Mitchell is the 6th largest city in South Dakota with a population of approximately 15,000 and is the home of Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell Technical Institute.  Mitchell is located about one hour west of Sioux Falls metropolitan area (150,000+ population).  Mitchell is unique and surprising. Outdoor recreation and natural beauty are key parts of Mitchell’s identity. It is an outstanding community whose residents out-think, out-produce and out-perform. Mitchell is also home to the World’s Only Corn Palace.  Uniquely positioned, Mitchell offers the best of small-town living with bigger-city possibilities.  We want to attract new residents to experience the Mitchell difference. The difference is in our schools, our vibrant family-centered amenities, the jobs we offer, the quality of life and the affordable living.

Salary and Application Requirements:

MAC offers a competitive salary package commensurate with experience.  The package includes a base salary ($32,000-$42,000 based on experience/qualifications), profit sharing from SwimAmerica, health insurance stipend, paid vacation, paid professional development, and travel expense reimbursement for meets.  The potential for additional financial incentives may be available and will be negotiated when an employment contract is drafted.   A relocation assistance package may also be considered pending qualifications.


The MAC Board reserves the right to conduct in-depth pre-employment screening including but not

limited to criminal background check, physical, drug screening, past employment and education

verification, and a social media review.


Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, coaching philosophy statement, resume and

contact information for 3 professional references by mail or email to:


Attn: Head Coach Search Committee

Mitchell Aquatic Club

PO Box 1371

Mitchell, SD  57301

[email protected]

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, coaching philosophy statement, resume and contact information for 3 professional references by mail at the below address or by email to [email protected]

Contact Information

MAC Coach Search Committee

Mitchell Aquatic Club
PO Box 1371
Mitchell, SD 57301

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