Swim Job: Buffalo Area Aquatic Club seeks Head Swim Coach


Job Description

Buffalo Area Aquatic Club seeks head swim coach.

Buffalo Area Aquatic Club logoYou will lead swimmers and assistant coaches in meeting their swimming goals. BAAC has swimmers at skill levels from novice to Speedo Sectional qualifier and need a coach who can inspire every swimmer to do their best. Our goal is to have every swimmer leave practice wanting to come back tomorrow and end the season eager for the next to start. True excellence requires a love of the sport and we expect our coach to make the challenge enjoyable. We want the coaches who work under you to move on to bigger and better things and we expect you to mentor them to do just that.

You will be coaching in our home pool at SUNY Buffalo, a NCAA Division I university and home to the UB swimming and diving team. Long-course time is built into the training schedule and the facility itself is first-rate. A satellite high school pool facility is used for some practices and training groups. We typically have three part-time assistant coaches.


The Head Coach is responsible for the wet-side operations of the club and certain dry-side functions (ie pool scheduling, meet entries, new swimmer registration, staffing, etc.) He/she coaches the team’s highest training group, collaborates with the BOD, directs and mentors the assistant coaches, conducts parent education sessions, helps to recruit new swimmers, represents the team at LSC meetings, and develops relationships with the local high school coaches.

We know that for our team to be successful, the coach needs room to coach as well as support and education to help him/her improve. We know you are passionate about swimming; so are we.

Our ideal candidate possesses the following:

● Current USA Swimming Coach Certification in good standing, with a clear background check. Certification in American Red Cross CPR, First Aid, and Coaches Safety Training.
● Excellent knowledge of stroke technique and proven ability to communicate that knowledge to swimmers and coaches.
● Experience as a swimmer or assistant coach at a high-performing club and/or collegiate level. If you’ve haven’t been a head coach yet but have drive and a great swimming pedigree, we want to talk to you.
● Superior organizational skills up to the task of administration of a USA Swim Club.
● Ability to manage swimmers across multiple training groups.
● Proficiency with swimming software (TeamManager, TeamUnify) helpful but not required. Ability to pick them up quickly is.


This is a year‐round, salaried position with compensation based on qualifications and experience in the $30,000 – $40,000 range, with potential for bonuses and medical insurance allowance. Education and meet travel expenses are reimbursed.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, description of your coaching philosophy and management style and contact information for at least three references relative to swimming experience, to Board President Marty Lawler, [email protected] All submissions will be held in strict confidence. 

Must be able to start by September 1st.

About Buffalo Area Aquatic Club

Buffalo Area Aquatic Club is a year-round USA Swimming club of 80 swimmers who won the 2015 Niagara LSC short course championship (small teams), and has consistently placed in the top 3 for both short- and long-course seasons. Multiple age group and senior swimmers have represented the team at Zone, Sectional and Arena Pro series competitions, and most graduating seniors are going on to swim at the college level on athletic scholarships. BAAC holds Recognition Level 2 as a Board-governed team and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The club presently consists of a full time head coach, a Program Coordinator/Novice Coach, 3 part-time Age Group Coaches and a Swim Development/Learn to Swim director.

Buffalo is shedding its Rust Belt image and is home to a new waterfront, great restaurants (not even counting the wings), and is among the most affordable cities in the U.S. You’ll almost never commute for more than 30 minutes and proximity to Toronto puts a major metropolis in easy driving distance.

Swimming News / Swimming Job is courtesy of BAAC.

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