Head Swim Coach
Job Details
High School - Orange, CA
High School


Under the general supervision of the Athletic Director, instructs student-athletes in the fundamentals of swimming, preparing them for competition. The head coach supervises and coordinates all levels of swimming and is responsible for coordinating all administrative, financial, and personnel aspects of the program.

Reports to: Athletic Director

Supervises: Assistant Coaches


  • Administer and oversees all levels and functions of the swim program
  • Develop and maintains a high-quality program founded on sound principles of swim, strong team values, hard work, commitment, loyalty, honesty, respect, and sportsmanship, all to the glory of Jesus
  • Establish the fundamental philosophy, skills, and techniques to be taught by the staff
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities per school policies and applicable laws. Duties include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance, coaching, rewarding, and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems
  • Approve time cards on schedule; assures assistant coaches comply with school payroll procedures and government wage and hour laws
  • Work with performance coaches to plan and direct physical conditioning programs
  • Keep abreast of changing rules, techniques, technologies, and philosophies relevant to the sport
  • Develop off-season training programs and summer opportunities
  • Oversee budgeting, purchasing, and expenditures; maintains, and inventories equipment
  • Communicate program information to school administration, students, parents, and the community
  • Coordinate fundraising activities with the Development Office
  • Organize the annual end-of-season Awards Night
  • Coordinate transportation needs, assures all drivers comply with school policy; may drive students to away games
  • Assist in the development of sports schedules and facility usage
  • Recommend policy, method, or procedural changes to the Athletic Director
  • Awareness of athletic and occupational hazards and safety precautions. Administers first aid and contacts EMS when appropriate. Promptly reports all sports-related injuries, coordinates with athletic trainers
  • Seek student collegiate scholarship opportunities
  • Provide instruction to and oversight of student-athletes
  • Assure proper supervision of students at all times
  • Instruct individuals and teams in sports rules, game strategies, and performance principles using lectures, discussions, and demonstrations. Adapts methods based on varying student needs
  • Provide training, direction, encouragement, and motivation to prepare athletes for competition
  • Establish, explains, monitor, and enforce safety rules and regulations, proper use of equipment
  • Plan, lead, organize, and conduct practice sessions
  • Monitor student conduct and performance eligibility; establish rules for behavior; work with Athletic Director, administrators, and faculty to resolve academic and behavioral issues
  • Advise students, parents, and assistant coaches
  • Evaluate athlete's skills and performance to determine fitness, potential, placement, and grading
  • Attend department and team meetings and required school functions


  • Attends staff development meetings, clinics, and other professional activities to improve coaching performance
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor or administrator


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The qualifications and competencies listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and physical demands required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position


High School


Some experience as an assistant coach at the high school or college level is preferred; or any satisfactory combination of education, experience, and training that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties listed


  • Valid Fingerprint, CPR, TB, and First Aid Certifications
  • Ministry Safe Clearance
  • Valid California Drivers License
  • NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Certificate
  • NFHS Concussion in Sports Certificate
  • NFHS Heat Illness Prevention Certificate
  • NFHS Sudden Cardiac Arrest Certificate



  • Knowledge of the rules, principles, techniques, and safety procedures of swim
  • Principles and methods for curriculum and training design; instruction for individuals and groups
  • Measurement of training effects
  • Rules, by-laws, and policies of CIF, Trinity League, and Orange Lutheran High School
  • Human behavior and performance, individual differences in ability, personality, learning, and motivation
  • Principles involved in strategic planning, budgeting, and leadership techniques
  • Familiarity with personnel recruitment and training

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent instructional skills; Identifies the educational and training needs of students and coaches, training, mentoring, and helping them to improve knowledge or skills. Selects and uses appropriate training methods. Accurately monitors/assesses the performance
  • Effective communication skills; conveys information effectively; actively listens - gives full attention to what others are saying; writes so that others will understand. Maintains timely and appropriate communication with students, parents, administrators, and coworkers
  • Excellent Interpersonal Skills; effectively motivates, coaches, develops, and directs others; establishes effective working relationships with students, parents, and other employees
  • Effective management skills; maintains accurate student, financial, and personnel records; stays within budget; runs program within all school and CIF rules and requirements; effectively manage assistant coaching staff
  • Effective problem-solving skills: uses good judgment, decision-making, and critical thinking skills. Chooses appropriate actions, identifies problems; uses critical thinking skills to develop options and implement solutions
  • Ability to work overtime, evenings, and weekends when needed


  • Exhibits the highest level of Christian integrity his/her life reflects Christ-like morals, behavior, attitude, and leadership
  • Ability to articulate their Christian faith
  • An active member of a Christian church; Missouri Synod preferred
  • Supports the Mission and Statement of Faith or Orange Lutheran High School


  • The employee is frequently required to stand for extended periods, speak clearly, hear accurately, and move about the campus, gymnasium, or athletic field
  • The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects or controls, and smell
  • The employee must occasionally lift push, or pull up to 50 pounds, and bend, stoop, sit on the floor, climb stairs, squat, kneel, jump, twist, or bend
  • Specific vision abilities include near and far vision within the normal range, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • Sufficient agility to effectively demonstrate swim techniques


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee can encounter while performing the essential functions of this job
  • The typical working environment is split between a climate-controlled classroom/office environment and extended periods of work at a pool location with exposure to varying temperatures and climatic conditions
  • The typical noise level is quiet to moderate, but may occasionally be loud

This job description intends to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of positions given this title and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments. Specific job-related duties assigned by hiring departments shall be consistent with the representative essential functions listed above and shall not be construed as expanding a particular position's role, scope, FLSA status, or grade.

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