Swimming Australia Opens Global Search for New Head Coach

Apparently, the two-headed powerhouse that is Michael Bohl and Rohan Taylor will not necessarily remain in charge of the Australian National Team after the 2013 World Championships, as today the Aussies officially opened the search to an international level today.

See the full press release by Swimming Australia below.

Swimming Australia has today launched a global search for a new National Head Coach with the aim to fill the role following the 2013 Barcelona FINA World Championships in August.

Swimming Australia is seeking Confidential Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified candidates for the position of National Head Coach, to take the team through to and beyond Rio 2016.

Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said the organisation will undertake a global search for the right candidate with the skills and attributes to lead the EnergyAustralia Swim Team.

“We want to establish a performance culture within every level of our sport, and that starts with our flagship teams for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Anderson.

“To coach the Australian Swim Team is a tremendous opportunity and honour, and we are confident that we will attract a quality field. Our search will be focussed on identifying a high quality leader of athletes, coaches and staff. They will be able to demonstrate their ability to develop and implement world best practices, that will deliver our team and athletes international success over the coming Olympic cycle and beyond.”

Reporting to the Director of High Performance Michael Scott the National Head Coach will be the Technical Lead of Swimming Australia’s High Performance Unit, and the EnergyAustralia Swim Team.

The position’s three key areas of responsibilities are as follows:

1.     Developing technical and event specific strategies aimed at improving performances on the international stage;

2.     Oversight and monitoring of national level coaches and swimmers in their daily training environment; and

3.     Technical Lead of the EnergyAustralia Swim Team at all senior international benchmark events including, FINA World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacific Championships, Olympic Games.

Swimming Australia’s Director of High Performance Michael Scott said the new National Head Coach will also play a key role in the ongoing professional development and mentoring of senior Australian swimming coaches.

“We are after a candidate with proven experience in building and maintaining an internationally competitive high performance environment and culture, and the successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of what’s required to do that,” said Scott.

“The technical elements of this role will be geared towards Swimming Australia delivering on its High Performance Plan and the targets within that plan,” said Scott.

Swimming Australia will send a trio of leadership support to the 2013 FINA World Championships this year with Scott to be assisted by Michael Bohl and Rohan Taylor as the National Team Coaches for both the women and men.

A full job description for the Swimming Australia National Head Coach can be found here.

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