Head Coach-Swim Team/YMCA Aquatics Director

The University of Pikeville and the Pikeville Area Family YMCA in Pikeville, Kentucky are seeking an innovative professional for Head Coach in Swim Team/Aquatics Director for the University’s Athletic Department and YMCA. This is an exceptional opportunity for a motivated and accomplished leader to join an innovative Athletics Department valuing academic and athletic experiences while supporting the work of the YMCA, a leading non-profit, charitable organization. The head coach/aquatics director will develop, support recruiting efforts, and coach the University of Pikeville Swim Team along with foster a cause-centered culture that is welcoming, genuine, hopeful, nurturing, and determined while also managing a high-quality, member-focused aquatics program. 


  1. Supervise the swimmers during practices, meets, and any other swim events.
  2. Creates an educational, safe and inviting experience for all participants.
  3. Initiates, develops and maintains positive relationships with participants.
  4. Monitors and helps nurture the academic progress of student athletes.
  5. Provides a safe, clean, and organized pool area.
  6. Assists in enforcing pool policies at all times.
  7. Writes the season plan and workout schedules for each season.
  8. Enters the swimmers into the swim competitions.
  9. Recruit students and maintain a complete roster for all levels.
  10. Ensures compliance with all UPIKE policies and procedures, ethical standards, and compliance with all federal, state and accreditation requirements. 
  11. Ensures compliance with all NAIA policies and procedures.
  12. Partners with other UPIKE faculty and staff to assure a vibrant perpetual student recruitment environment.
  13. Maintains an accurate account of team finances.
  14. Assists with organizing yearly summer swim camps/lessons.
  15. Recruiting lifeguards and staff appropriately.
  16. Develop and implement Emergency Management Plan around pool.
  17. Monitoring and management of pool.
  18. Maintain Aquatics budgets.
  19. Train for YMCA values and mission.


Position requires daily contact with co-workers, supervisors, student athletes, prospective student athletes, parents, and the general public in order to monitor players, give/receive information and feedback, schedule/coordinate games and practices, and direct workflow.

These relationships are maintained through e-mail, telephone, written communication, and person-to-person contact.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum two years in swim coaching experience.
  • Must be able to work under challenging physical conditions.
  • Willing to work late/flexible hours.
  • Must be CPR certified (or willing to obtain certification).
  • ASCA Level 2 Certification or higher.
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to students with diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including those with disabilities.
  • Understand how to work successfully as a team within all levels of the organization and know how to contribute to the mission of the college.
  • Ability to represent UPIKE in a professional manner and to conduct compelling and persuasive presentations to small and large groups.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and meet the requirements to drive a university vehicle. 
  • Must pass a criminal background check. 
  • Within 30 days of hire, completion of Child Abuse Prevention, Working with Program Volunteers, CPR, First Aid, AED, and Bloodborne Pathogens training.
  • Completion of YMCA aquatics training and trainer certifications.

The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long-term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b)-retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, & dependent care accounts. UPIKE also offers a generous holiday schedule and paid leave program.

Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please, specifically address the qualifications, competencies and desired qualifications in your resume and application materials.

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students. Inquiries may be directed to the University of Pikeville Title IX Coordinator by calling 606-218-5344.

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit http://www.upike.edu. Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting http://jobs.upike.edu. In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current resume, and the contact information for three to five professional references.

Date Posted: 03/04/2020
Department: Athletics
Employment Type: Full-Time (40 hours)
Position Type: Staff