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Team Sideburn Run
Job Title *Head Coach Wanted for 2022 Season
Job Description

Sideburn Run is looking for a Head Coach for the Summer 2022 Season

Looking to lead a swim team in a competitive yet fun environment? Sideburn Run offers a unique opportunity to combine your skills as a teacher and strengths as a leader with your core belief that summer swim team is ultimately about having fun.

Sideburn Run is the little pool that could. Our small but mighty core group of Sharks holds individual and relay records and we’ve beaten the top division pools to the wall at All Stars. Our next head coach will have the real opportunity to coach swimmers striving for NVSL records and future college swim teams. But Sideburn Run is about more than just winning. We’re a small pool with a tightly knit community. Our pool has been referred to as a “dance club” on Saturday meet mornings (which we happily embrace). We enjoy the silly parts of the summer as much as the serious ones, from themed events to contests with ridiculous prizes to dancing on deck between heats (see previous sentence). Our team members know they’ll have the opportunity to be the best swimmer they can be while creating a summer full of memories.

We are accepting resumes for the position of Head Coach for the 2022 summer swim team season.  Sideburn Run  is located in Fairfax, Virginia with 100 swim team swimmers (ages 5-18) and a 20 swimmer Lil Sharks program (ages 4-8). Our program starts after Memorial Day weekend and runs through the first week of August. Practices start with weekday afternoon sessions until school lets out then switches to weekday mornings for the rest of the season. Swim meets are Saturday mornings and Monday evenings.

We’re looking to fill this position as soon as possible. If you’re interested, please send your resume via email to Nicki Miller and Alysia Thompson at We will remove this posting when we successfully hire a coach, so apply if you see this! Go Sharks!


♦ Create practice plans and lead practices for swimmers at all levels of ability, including dry land practices in the event of inclement weather
♦ Instruct swimmers in correct stroke, turn, start and finish techniques. Ensure all swimmers receive constructive and appropriate feedback during practices and at meets
♦ Manage coaching staff including assigning responsibilities for practices and meets
♦ Prepare for meets by collaborating with team reps on swimmer eligibility and meet seeding
♦ Attend all team events: time trials, meets (Saturday, Monday, Divisional Relay Carnival, All Stars), team social events (pep rallies, team building, socials), coaches meetings
♦ Coordinate and attend team-building activities: Friday night pep rally activities, team-building activities, awards ceremonies. These may occur both during and outside of regular practice times
♦ Create and maintain effective working relationships with the team’s leadership and members. Establish regular team updates through channels such as email and live speaking events
♦ Lead Lil Sharks, our swimmer development program

Required qualifications:

♦ Previous experience as a Head Coach or Senior Assistant for a swim team. Experience in seeding meets
♦ Strong teaching, mentoring and interpersonal skills with the proven ability to motivate teams
♦ Positive approach - your glass is half full. Winning is fulfilling but building a great team is how you measure yourself. You’ve been called “fun to be around”
♦ Experience with and passion for working with children of all ages and ability levels.
♦ Effective communication, organization, leadership, and collaboration skills. Ability to communicate effectively with coaches, Team Representatives, and parents
♦ Knowledge of NVSL and USA swimming rules 
        ♦ Current lifeguard certification
        ♦ Pool Operator certification, either held today or willing to secure at team expense

Preferred qualifications

♦ Knowledge of Swimtopia and Hytek software platforms
♦ Interest and ability to relate to younger children (<5 years of age)
♦ Previous competitive swimming experience