University of Alaska Associate Head Women's Swim Coach in Fairbanks, Alaska

Associate Head Women's Swim Coach

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Classification:Athletics Coach 2

Grade:Grade 79

Work type:Staff Full-time

Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks

School/Business unit:UAF Advancement & Outreach


Categories:Athletics, Other

Position Summary:The Department of Athletics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking applicants to fill the position of Assistant Women’s Swimming Coach. This nationally ranked NCAA Division II team competes in the Pacific College Swim Coaches Conference. The Alaska Nanook athletic program is a multidivisional member of the NCAA, with 10 teams competing at the Division I and Division II levels.


10Budget: Direct input on decision making process of management of team budget, including: Scholarships, team travel, commodities, game guarantees and all other aspects of a NCAA Division II Swimming Program.Essential

10Travel: Direct oversight of student-athletes when head coach is away. Ensure student athletes safety, health and well-being during travel time. Plan, organize and implement all team travel.Essential

20Academic Administration: Guide and promote academic success of student-athletes including their individual degree requirements, helping them determine a plan that balances the rigors of playing a competitive NCAA sport and being successful in the classroom. Monitor academic progress of individual players, assessing their needs and assigning tutors to assist them in fulfilling those educational requirements. Serve as a mentor to the student-athlete to insure graduation.Essential

20Coaching / Teaching NCAA Division II Women''s Swimming: With the assistance of the Head Coach, the Strength and Conditioning Coach and the Athletic Trainer, help design and implement physical training and conditioning program to reduce the occurrence of injuries and improve performance. Interpret and apply UAF, GNAC and NCAA Division II rules and regulations at all times. Annually pass NCAA Division II recruiting certification exam. Oversight of practice hours to remain compliant with NCAA Division II standards. Help instruct and evaluate the performance of current student-athletes. Communicate and work closely with UAF Athletic training, Sports Information, Marketing, Business Office, Student Recreation Center, Facilities and Equipment, and other university staff as needed. Be capable of analyzing individual stroke mechanics. Give feedback to student-athletes regarding event times, split times, and tempos. Help choose appropriate events for student-athletes to maximize team performance. Be capable of using underwater video stroke analysis to break down each phase maximizing individual performance.Essential

20Community and Campus Relations: Take a major role with fundraising, community outreach programs and club activities to promote the women''s swimming program as an integral part of the community and the University. Represent UAF at community events. Teach in-pool clinics and coach''s workshops to public. Provide information for the local swimming community. Plan and implement student-athlete appearances in community and on campus. Act as Liaison with the Nanook Swimming booster club to insure NCAA compliance.Essential

20Recruiting: Help determine where and when to travel to locations across the country as well as deciding who to recruit and provide scholarship offers to. Take a decisive role in planning and monitoring the team and recruiting travel costs and expenditures. Help develop and implement recruiting strategies. Evaluate prospective student-athletes within NCAA rules. Take the lead role in ensuring compliance with all rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Pacific College Swim Coaches Conference (PCSC) and the University. Search for, help select and recruit highly skilled prospective student-athletes. Foster strong relationships with coaches on all levels, especially high school, club, and junior college coaches within Alaska, Western U.S., and Canada. Represent the University of Alaska Fairbanks professionally during recruiting trips. Annually pass NCAA Division II certification to recruit off-campus examination. Oversee the recruiting travel budget. Insure Compliance with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse regulations. Arrange official and unofficial visits for prospective student-athletes working within NCAA Bylaws. Help evaluate prospective student-athletes. All recruiting efforts must demonstrate the conscience effort to recruit students from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.Essential


  • Pass the annual NCAA recruiting exam

  • Demonstrate excellence as a college swimmer/student

  • Demonstrate excellence in the areas of Sport Science and Nutrition

  • Demonstrate ability to identify and recruit swimming talent within the framework of the vision and core values of both the swimming program and the Athletic Department

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 8 years of age group swimming experience

  • 4 years of high school swimming experience

  • 4 years of college swimming experience or the equivalent

  • Previous coaching experience is preferred

Typical Education or Training:

  • 4-year College Degree

  • CPR certification

  • Coaches Certification to Recruit Off Campus (yearly)

  • Level II Coaching Certification

Other special skills/knowledge needed for this position:

The assistant coach position requires an individual who has the ability to work independently with very little day-to-day direction. This person travels extensively both for recruiting purposes and for competition. Because they are responsible for identifying talent their judgment will often result in the commitment of scholarships to potential Student Athletes. The assistant coach has the important task of acting as liaison between players, head coach, booster club members, Athletic Department staff and other coaches as well as assisting student-athletes with academic concerns. The assistant coach is a teacher, an advisor, a confidant, a recruiter, an event-coordinator, a travel agent, a banker, a motivator, a fundraiser, an emergency care provider, and so much more.

Coaching different sub-groups within the team as assigned by the Head Coach during practices. The technical knowledge needed to help swimmers maintain effective stroke mechanics throughout the duration of their primary events requires a coach who knows and understands biomechanics needed for each student-athlete's body type, training background, degree of strength, genetic endurance ability and level of mechanical efficiency.

Other Information- The candidate, if successful during the 2018-2019 Academic year will be expected to be prepared to assume the Head Coach position beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year.

This is a Grade 79; minimum starting pay $25.82.

Application Review Date: Applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska time on April 9, 2018 to be considered. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position.

Special instructions to applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact UAF Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7700.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:

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Advertised:02 Apr 2018Alaskan Daylight Time

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