BLAST Full Time Head Coach/Program Director

The Position:

The Black Hawk Area Swim Team is looking to hire a Full Time Head Coach/Program Director.  The coach would lead, design, and foster systematic growth for our swim team while in line with the BLAST Mission Statement/Vision/Values (see website).  BLAST trained 220 swimmers last winter and our numbers continue to rise.  We currently have 1 Junior National qualifier, 4 Futures qualifiers, and 16 Sectional qualifiers at the senior level.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as primary, on-­deck coach of senior level training groups.

·         Increase the number of athletes who swim into their high school and collegiate years and increase the number of athletes who qualify for championship opportunities.

  • Supervise and develop assistant coaching staff including:
    • coordinate stroke and training principles throughout all levels;
    • oversee group placement and advancement of athletes; and
    • serve as on-­deck coach of lower level training groups as needed;
  • Oversee all administrative aspects of team activities, including
    • meet selection, planning and registration;
    • coordination of home/hosted meets;
    • practice scheduling for all training groups;
    • maintaining team statistics; and
    • team promotion locally and within Iowa LSC;
  • Work cooperatively with the Board of Directors as an Ex-­officio member to:

o    develop and administer the team budget;          

o    create and execute a shared vision for BLAST’s growth and success;

o    and communicate professionally and regularly with coaches, athletes, and parents.

·         Establish a local presence and reputation within ISI, the Central Region, and USA Swimming via clinics, volunteering, etc.

  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with BLAST parents, including parent education/activities with volunteer parents.

·         Must be able to show unwavering support and the belief in program structure as a whole, the philosophies of BLAST, and be willing to assist in all areas whenever appropriate.


  • 5+ years experience as a Head Coach or Assistant Coach of a USA Swimming affiliated club;
  • ASCA Level 3 certification or above strongly preferred;
  • Experience leading and mentoring assistant coaching staff;
  • All certifications current and in good standing with USA Swimming or required prior to starting;
  • Solid knowledge of stroke theory and training physiology;
  • Proven success coaching, motivating, and inspiring swimmers at all levels, from developmental through national level;
  • Proven capability to develop talent at all levels.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

Ideal Candidate possesses:

  • Clear, cooperative, and tactful communication style;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Solid personal ethics, including honesty, respect and integrity;
  • A passion for competitive swimming, along with a personal desire to succeed professionally and advance the team as a whole;
  • Experience with and knowledge of HyTek programs and Team Unify.

Salary range -  $45,000 – 50,000.

Will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

All applications will be held in confidence. Application review will begin May, 2018.

How to apply:

Send resume with at least three references and a cover letter of interest to Jennifer Murra at


Contact Information:

Jennifer Murra at

Phone: 319-231-8953