Sacred Heart University Diving Coach (Part Time)

About Sacred Heart University:

Sacred Heart University, the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Conn., and satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 8,500 students attend the University's five colleges: Arts & Sciences; Health Professions; Nursing; the Jack Welch College of Business; and the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its guides, Best 382 Colleges-2018 Edition, "Best in the Northeast" and Best 267 Business Schools-2018 Edition. It also placed SHU on its lists for "Best College Theater" and "Most Engaged in Community Service," each of which comprises only 20 U.S. schools. U.S.News & World Report ranks SHU in its Best Colleges 2018 guidebook and calls SHU the fourth "Most Innovative School" in the North. The Chronicle of Higher Education also names SHU one of the fastest-growing Roman Catholic universities in its 2016 almanac. Sacred Heart has a Division 1 athletics program, an elite performing arts program and an award-winning program of community service.  

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Job Description:

Reporting to the Head Women's Swimming & Diving Coach, the diving coach directs operations for the Women's Swimming and Diving team.

Duties include:

  •  Assist in recruitment and selection of prospective student-athletes in accordance with clearly documented roster goals and in compliance with the standards and principles of the operating codes of the NCAA and Sacred Heart University.
  • Adheres to and enforces all policies and procedures of Athletics as well as the rules and regulations of the NCAA including the successful annual completion and passing of the NCAA recruiting test.
  •  Adhere to the goals and objectives of the Swimming and Diving team consistent with the mission of the Department and the University.
  • Schedule and conduct regular practices in and out of season within the guidelines set forth by the NCAA and develop appropriate strategies to motivate and encourage student-athletes to comply with the Code of Ethical Conduct (Bylaw 10.1-10.4).
  • Follow the administrative procedures established by the University as published in the Athletics Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Attend all Swimming and Diving competitions set forth on the calendar by the Head Swimming and Diving Coach.
  • Attend and assist in January Training trip.
  • Oversee training and care of student-athlete team members, including full cooperation of medical advice of the Department of Athletics Training staff.
  • Assist in all Fundraising activities set forth by the Head Swimming & Diving Coach.
  • Promote the educational values of intercollegiate athletics consistent with the educational values of the University as outlined in the University and Department of Athletics Mission Statements.
  • Support and cooperate in the implementation of required marketing strategies as directed.
  • Develop specific communications strategies to assure the success of the program; i.e; professionally drafted recruiting letters, use of available collateral materials in support of recruiting efforts, presentations, campus visit itineraries, etc.
  • Must be certified in American Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED


  • Bachelor's degree required. 
  • Previous successful Diving coaching at the college, High School or Club level, previous Diving experience at the college, high school or club level,  experience in recruiting.
  • Impeccable integrity with a thorough knowledge of and commitment to compliance with NCAA rules and regulations. 
  • Must possess excellent communication skills, be a positive motivator, have demonstrated leadership and organizational abilities and be able to clearly articulate a coherent plan and vision to build and enhance the University's NCAA Division I program.


Additional Information:

This is a part-time, non-benefits eligible position.

Please address all questions regarding this position to John Spadafina, Head Coach, Women's Swimming & Diving Coach.

Please apply online and thank you for your interest.

All formal offers of employment are contingent upon a favorable background and drug screening. 

Application Instructions:

Please apply online, faxes and emails will not be accepted. A cover letter is appreciated.

Sacred Heart University, rooted in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the Liberal Arts, embraces a vision for social justice, educates students in mind, body, and spirit to prepare them personally and professionally to make a difference in the global community. Sacred Heart University aspires to achieve prominence through innovative teaching and learning while cultivating a campus community that is recognized as caring and creative.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sacred Heart University encourages qualified members of underrepresented groups to apply.