Swimming and diving coach

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Head Men’s and Women’s
swimming and Diving Coach

The head coach will coordinate all aspects of the swimming and diving program including coaching, team management, organizing, planning and scheduling of both practices (in-water and dryland activity) and performances, player development, mentoring/retaining student-athletes, monitoring academic progress of student-athletes, student-athlete recruiting, promotion of the program, budgeting, alumni relations and fundraising. The head coach will demonstrate exemplary ethical conduct and possess a knowledge of and commitment to compliance with the rules of the NCAA, the Heartland Conference and Bluffton University


  • Coaching:
    • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of, and compliance with, Bluffton University, NCAA Division III, HCAC and NCAA rules and regulations.
    • Acts as chief spokesperson for assigned sport.
    • Schedules pre-season and in-season contests in consultation with the Director of Athletics.
    • Organizes and conducts practices and conditioning sessions.
    • Demonstrates concern for the academic, physical and emotional well-being of each team member.
      • Actively encourages and supports the academic success of team members, including encouraging or ensuring regular class attendance, monitoring grades and working to minimize conflicts between athletic and academic responsibilities.
      • Actively encourages and supports the psychological and emotional well-being of team members, provides appropriate mentoring and life guidance, and seeks professional assistance when circumstances warrant.
      • Actively encourages and supports the psychological and emotional well-being of team members, provides appropriate mentoring and life guidance, and seeks professional assistance when circumstances warrant.
      • Procure, implement and update software and hardware (e.g. Team Manage and Meet Manager) for effective management of the team.
      • When hosting meets, source and hire officials and qualified meet operators
    • Coordinates the distribution, collection and storage of athletic equipment, uniforms and supplies (during the season and at its conclusion) and the collection of fees for lost equipment and uniforms by student-athletes.
    • Fields competitive teams when playing other NCAA Division III colleges and universities. This is to be assessed over a three to four year time span.
  • Recruitment:
    • Manage all aspects of the recruiting process from prospect ID to deposit and enrollment.
    • Recruits student-athletes in line with university policy and NCAA Division III regulations. Works closely with the admissions department to this end.
    • In consultation with the Director of Athletics and the Registrar’s Office, assures that student-athletes are eligible to participate in athletics according to university and NCAA Division III regulations
  • Financial Management:
    • Adheres to budget guidelines and keeps records and writes reports.
    • Works with the Director of Athletics, the university’s Business office, Buildings and Grounds, and other offices as appropriate to purchase necessary sport-specific athletic equipment and supplies.
    • Ensures safe and cost effective travel to and from contests.
    • Directs the process of raising additional funds for assigned sport with approval of the Director of Athletics.
  • Other:
    • Fundraising – to assist with potential costs and additional needs of the program.
    • Actively participates in athletic department functions and meetings, and in university committees as assigned.
    • Maintains effective working relationships with administrative staff, coaches, student-athletes and other staff.
    • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • Minimum qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree  
    • Prefer three (3) years of coaching experience at the collegiate level or successful head coach experience at the high school level.
    • Special Skills: As a frequent representative of Bluffton University to the public and corporate community, the employee must have high ethical standards and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Be highly motivated with strong organizational skills, technology skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks are vital.  Integrity and honesty in conveying program information and respect for prospective students are essential. Strong communication skills and organizational ability. 
    • Transportation: Dependable transportation and a valid driver’s license are required. Must be willing to travel.
  • Preferred: 
    • Master’s degree
    • Collegiate swimming & diving experience


  • Hold a valid driver’s license.
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move to up to 50 pounds.
  • Involves evening and weekend hours.

Applications are considered complete when the following materials are received at the office indicated below:

Send application materials to:
Phill Talavinia
Vice president of student life and athletics
Bluffton University
1 University Drive
Bluffton, OH 45817-2104

Employment decisions are based on merit and university needs, and not on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by law. As a religious institution, Bluffton University expressly reserves its rights to appoint faculty and staff who share a commitment to the Christian faith which is consistent with the Mennonite/Anabaptist beliefs of the university’s founding and supporting church. EOE.