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Head Coach, Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving

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Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:


BASIC FUNCTION: Responsible for directing all phases of an aspirational Division I Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving program within the NCAA and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, with an expectation of success and recognition at the regional and national levels. The Coach must operate within the framework of NCAA and Conference rules and governance while adhering to, and fostering, the University and Athletics Department mission, values, goals and objectives. Must be skilled in all aspects of coaching the sport and possess the practical ability to recruit, develop and retain student-athletes while effectively administering a comprehensive program.

UNUSUAL WORK CONDITIONS: Non-traditional hours; exposure to blood borne pathogens in accident/emergency situations. Extensive travel involved.


EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s degree is preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Demonstrated effectiveness in organizational, management, supervisory, recruitment and interpersonal skills. Previous coaching experience in Division I, previous Head Coaching experience and experience as a collegiate student-athlete are preferred.



Assistant Coach(es)

Assistant Coach of Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving

Assistant Men’s and Women’s Diving Coach

Student Manager (if available)

Graduate Assistant (if permitted)

REPORTS TO: Director of Athletics


1. The authority and responsibility for a successful Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving Program involves:
  • overseeing the recruitment of academically qualified student athletes.

  • helping to maintain the progress of all student athletes with assistance from the department resources for Student Athletes.

  • preparing the team for practice and competition.

  • supervising and providing counseling, training and conditioning for the Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving student-athletes.

  • maintain the high moral and ethical standards commonly expected of the coach as a leading representative of the University

2. Responsible for a Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving program that operates within an atmosphere conducive to compliance with NCAA, Conference, and University rules and regulations:
  • ensuring compliance with NCAA, Conference, and University rules in the Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving program with the assistance of University compliance services personnel.

  • reporting of suspected or confirmed rules violations on a timely basis.

  • maintaining accurate files and documentation including information for the annual report, recruiting, etc.

3. Responsible for the management of staff:
  • hiring and evaluating performance of assistant coaches and student staff.

  • communicating effectively with the men's & women's Swimming and Diving staff, administrative staff and Regina Quick Recreation Center personnel on all pertinent team, departmental and University matters.

  • maintaining a program climate conducive to the professional growth of staff including rules, education, and departmental information

  • evaluate assistant coaches and staff for conduct, behavior, and performance that is violative of the Rules and Regulations or University policy.

4. Responsible for the planning of the Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving program:
  • planning and arranging the Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving team’s schedule which will be developed in consultation with the Athletic Director. The schedule shall meet University objectives and comply with obligations under NCAA and Conference rules. For any disagreement between coach and Athletic Director, the Athletic Director has final authority.

  • meeting regularly with the Sport Administrator to ensure a clear understanding and a continuing dialogue regarding all aspects of the program.

  • recommending improvements to maintain the success of the Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving program.

5. Responsible for the preparation and proper control of Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving budget:
  • planning and forecasting for costs and expenses of assigned budget in order to ensure effective operations of program.

  • recommending appropriate changes in the annual budget requests.

  • approving all program expenditures throughout the fiscal year.

6. Work in the best interest of Athletics and the University:
  • being available for public relations activities with radio, TV and other media as may be required.

  • leading a program that has consistent track record of success.

  • In partnership with Advancement, participate effectively in fundraising events and initiatives to enhance visibility of the program and secure financial support for current and future program needs.

  • connect with Alumni through University friends’ groups to encourage ongoing support of the program

7. Receive annual written approval(in accordance with current NCAA legislation) from the Athletic Director and President prior to accepting any athletic related income and benefits from sources outside the institution including contractual agreements and letters of appointment; sources of income shall include but are not limited to: income from annuities; sports camps; housing benefits (including preferential housing arrangements); country club memberships; complimentary ticket sales; television and radio programs; and endorsements or consultations with athletics shoe, apparel or equipment manufacturers.

8. Participate in the professional development of the Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving program:
  • attending Divisional and Departmental gatherings and seminars to understand the University, its goals and objectives.

  • conducting regular staff meetings of Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving staff.

  • monitoring developments in NCAA Swimming & Diving through attendance at workshops, seminars and meetings of related associations and organizations.

  • promoting an image of effectiveness and courtesy throughout the community and the campus.

9. Promote a safe and secure work environment:
  • promoting the proper utilization of equipment, tools and staff,

  • notifying proper authorities and supervisor immediately of any unsafe working conditions.

10. Perform other related duties as directed or dictated by responsibilities or supervision.

Duties may be changed and/or be added at any time.


Athletics - Admin

Performs such other duties, responsibilities, and activities as required by supervisor and as departmental/University needs indicate.


The above information indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, activities, and/or qualifications required or expected of employees assigned to this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change and new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

Fairfield University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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Fairfield Univesity

Our scenic, 200-acre campus is situated on the Connecticut coastline, just 60-minutes away from the heart of Manhattan and less than a mile from the beaches of Long Island Sound. But it’s more than just our surroundings that make our campus unique — it’s our commitment to each and every student’s personal and professional growth and their journey to becoming individuals of purpose.

For more than 80 years, Fairfield University has been graduating adept, accomplished, and socially responsible leaders in an academic community where the learning goes deeper, the friendships are more meaningful, and the experiences stay with you long after graduation. As a values-based, student-centric, outcomes-focused Jesuit Catholic University, we are committed to educating the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — and providing students with experiential learning and professional development opportunities that give them a competitive edge in today’s job market. At Fairfield, the future is filled with opportunities as limitless as your potential, and they all begin with you.

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