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Head Coach Job Description


About Temescal Aquatic Masters

Temescal Aquatic Masters (TEME) is a United States Masters Swim Team that provides organized workouts and clinics for adults aged 18 and older. Workouts are open to adult swimmers (fitness, triathlete, competitive, non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. With a USMS-registered membership of about 200 swimmers and 18 scheduled workouts per week, TEME is one of the largest and most diverse Masters swim teams in Oakland, CA. TEME’s home pool is the City of Oakland’s lovely 100-foot long, outdoor Temescal Pool. TEME is a membership-driven, 501(c)(3) organization with an active Board of Directors.

Position Overview

The Temescal Aquatic Masters Head Coach will serve as a motivational figure who inspires high morale, fosters team cohesiveness, communicates effectively, and provides positive reinforcement. Possessing a passion for swimming and working with swimmers, the Head Coach encourages swimmers and provides guidance on stroke technique for swimmers of varying ability.


The Head Coach position is a part-time, year-round position. The Head Coach coaches a minimum of three practices weekly and dedicates 10-15 hours monthly toward other duties. This position reports to the Board of Directors. A key leader of our team, the Head Coach should be an experienced coach and swimmer who loves swimming and helping adults become better swimmers and achieve their fitness goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

Coaching Duties:

  • Coach three or more workouts per week as needed

  • Open/close the the pool (managing locker room, COVID-19 protocols, pool room, all supplies, coordinating pool covers, etc.).

    • Prepare and coach workouts, including:

      • Develop appropriate workout plans adaptable to various lanes and abilities

      • Welcome swimmers by name and when possible, answer questions

      • Take attendance using our Zen Planner app

      • Remain on pool deck offering stroke instruction, assessment, and correction

      • Teach swimmers proper stroke technique and reinforce the correct stroke during practice.

    • Enforce TEME policies and the posted pool rules and regulations.

  • Develop a seasonal plan/training cycle for TEME that is responsive to the varying levels of goals and skills of both non-competitive and competitive swimmers.

  • Schedule and lead regular (currently quarterly) coaches’ meetings to ensure that all coaching staff understand and implement the training plan and TEME policies.

  • Attend and coach swimmers at identified focus meets.

  • Mediate grievances on deck in accordance with team policy and refer incidents to the Grievance Committee as necessary.

  • Take water samples and perform other administrative tasks and record keeping requirements as required by TEME and the City of Oakland.

  • Promptly report any injuries, damage or problems to the Pool Manager and  Board President.

  • Attend continuing education offerings for coaches as approved by the Board of Directors.

  • Follow all rules outlined in our lease agreement with Oakland Parks and Recreation Department.


Other Duties:

  • Hire and supervise assistant coaches, including substitute coaches. Currently TEME has six assistant coaches.

    • Ensure all coaching staff have required training and certification.

    • Sign off on assistant coach timecards

  • Develop and host swim clinics and other educational and team building opportunities for club members. These have generally included an annual Swim-a-Thon, an annual intrasquad meet, and periodic swim and stroke clinics.

  • Provide a Head Coach report to the monthly Board of Directors meeting.

  • Serve as TEME contact for USMS and participate in Pacific Masters Swimming, the USMS subunit for our region, as necessary.

  • Ensure that all team members are registered with USMS.

  • Submit regular and accurate time and expense reports.

  • Work with the Board of Directors to implement policies and procedures.

  • Work with Board of Directors and City of Oakland to implement and update COVID-19 protocols.

  • Other duties as required.

Summary of Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have two years experience coaching a Masters-level swim team, preferably affiliated with USMS. Other relevant club experience (e.g. collegiate or age group-level) will be considered. The ideal candidate will also have competitive swimming experience and demonstrated interest and experience in providing challenging, motivating workouts to team members with a range of swimming abilities.


Minimum requirements and qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated experience effectively coaching competitive and recreational swimmers; demonstrated proficiency teaching stroke development, stroke correction, and proper technique

  • Competitive swimming experience and strong knowledge of stroke mechanics

  • Certification in Red Cross Lifeguard Training and First Aid is required; preference for those certified in Red Cross Water Safety Instruction

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Excellent writing, listening, and verbal communication skills

  • Maintain a  professional and responsible attitude and demeanor at all times. Encourage the TEME mission of promoting community physical fitness, personal achievement, friendship, and fun through recreational and competitive swimming

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Knowledge of Zen Planner a plus

  • Physical demands include the ability to instruct and observe participants in proper stroke techniques, lift and move light equipment, and to take chemical samples

Preferred Attributes:

  • Masters Coach Certifications Level 1 and 2

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field

  • Willingness to coach weekday morning practices.


This position supervises assistant coaches and substitute coaches



The Head Coach reports to the Board of Directors.



This is a part-time, hourly position. Compensation is commensurate with experience. In addition to the hourly payrate, TEME will pay the Head Coach’s annual USMS dues, waive TEME membership fees, and reimburse pre-approved professional development costs as appropriate.


TEME is committed to ensuring a diverse and welcoming environment for all individuals, regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, or disability. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. TEME reserves the right to change this job description at any time without notice.


To Apply:

Please email a letter of interest and resume to

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