BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The Hill School, located in Pottstown, Pa., seeks a head varsity girls’ water polo coach.
- Reports To: Wilbur C. Riley Director of Athletics and Co-Curricular Activities
- Status: Exempt, 10-month Residential, Teaching Faculty
Position Summary: The Hill Athletics program creates opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level of independent school sports. We are committed to providing an experience that develops character, emphasizes teamwork, and encourages healthy lifelong habits.
Reporting to our Director of Athletics, the head girls’ water polo coach will lead a program of varsity and JV girls’ water polo teams. All Hill head coaches will ensure that their programs serve to further promote the values we teach our students in all areas of school life. The integral work and leadership of our head varsity coaches is essential to the success of our athletics teams as well as the fulfillment of the School’s mission to prepare students fully for college, careers, and life. Start date August 2024
Responsibilities and Qualifications
Head varsity coaches are responsible for leading every facet of their respective program and must recognize that the commitment to fulfill the responsibilities below will entail a considerable amount of time both during and out of the season.
- Help recruit, develop, and retain coaches in their program.
- Work with the Admission Office to help identify student-athletes who will positively contribute to the School and to their athletics program. Actively work to recruit highly qualified student-athletes from both inside and outside the local community.
- Develop and manage a plan to develop student-athletes in the program.
- Devise daily practice plans.
- Collaborate with the Athletics Office on game scheduling.
- Remain current in the rules and procedures of their sport at the league, state, and national level. Serve on seeding committees and organizations, as appropriate.
- Be knowledgeable about the college recruiting timelines in their sport, and support student-athletes who want to attempt to continue playing in college. Coaches will communicate with these student-athletes’ college counselors to coordinate an athletics piece, if appropriate, to the student-athlete’s search.
- Maintain an updated social media presence, including timely game results in season, and work with our Office of Strategy Management to promote their program and their student-athletes.
- Assist any efforts of the Office of Institutional Giving related to their program.
- Build and maintain strong relationships with Hill alumni in their sport.
- Serve on the Athletics Advisory Team, which meets regularly throughout the year.
Candidates should have an interest in working in other areas of school life which might include teaching (history, math, and/or science desirable) advising a small group of students, and actively contributing to residential life.
The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:
- Technical water polo knowledge to successfully coach college-bound players.
- Ability to support the interest of high-level water polo student-athletes in the School’s admission candidate pool.
- A vibrant network to help support the college recruiting process of appropriate Hill water polo players.
- A proven track record of promoting student learning through water polo; at least two years of experience in coaching.
- A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth.
- Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings.
- Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility, a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor.
- First Aid and CPR/AED certified preferred.
- Must be willing and able to drive school vans.
Attitude and Demeanor
- Publicly support the mission and vision of The Hill School in a positive and professional manner.
- Work as a dynamic team member in a professional collaborative environment.
- Energetic and organized enough to thrive in an extremely fast-paced environment while collaborating with a growing team to produce great work.
- Ability to wear many hats, learn new things every day, and have the ability to switch from a variety of roles with ease and excitement.
- Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, humor, and understanding as they deal with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and program associates.
- Possess a “service attitude” – willingness to be flexible to meet the needs of the department and School.
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