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GOLDEN, Colo. — The Colorado School of Mines seeks a part-time men’s collegiate club water polo coach.

The position will organize and lead water polo practices; serve as game day coach for tournaments

The men’s Club Water Polo coach will serve as a teacher and instructor for water polo by teaching and developing fundamentals and skills. The coach will refrain from any of the business operations as that is the duties of the water polo officers.

Coaches are responsible for creating and implementing practice plans and game plans as well as the skill development of each student athlete in the club.  The coach will also help students develop a healthy competitive nature, teach and demonstrate ethical behavior and good sportsmanship, and assist in the development of leadership skills.  Clubs are first and foremost student organizations, thus the internal organization, management and decision making of the club must be left to the club officers, members, and club sport council.  All coaches are considered a “Campus Security Authority” and are thus responsible and required to report any first-hand accounts or incidents of Mines student-involved harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, or sexual violence.

The club sport season runs throughout the academic year (fall and spring semester).  Practices generally occur during the week (late afternoon/early evening) with competitions occurring on weekends against local and regional colleges and universities.  As a result, coach candidates must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends. 


  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of club sports and Colorado School of Mines
  • Attend as many practices and games as possible
  • Assist with tracking Physical Activity (PA) credit & proctoring exams
  • Promote and ensure the safety of the team and condition/operation of corresponding facilities
  • Structure and plan practices and training sessions
  • Develop and implement team game plan and communicate this plan to the players
  • Develop each player’s potential and encourage excellence in execution and performance
  • Provide positive feedback and post-game analysis to the players
  • Contribute to the recruitment and retention of players
  • Provide leadership and guidance to build and sustain team morale
  • Partner with student club officers on any other or necessary administration of running the club

Positions Available

  • Water Polo: Head Coach, $500 this assignment through April 30, 2024

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in [SPORT]
  • Two or more years of  water polo coaching experience with postsecondary age (or older) athletes (e.g. High School, Club, Select, Travel, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent organization, leadership and communication skills, including but not limited to written, oral and interpersonal skills and computer literacy
  • Good judgment and decision-making abilities
  • Strong conflict resolution and service orientation
  • Ability to function in a fast-paced environment and adapt quickly to changing priorities
  • A valid driver’s license that is maintained throughout the duration of employment
  • Current First Aid/CPR/AED certifications, or willingness and ability to obtain within one month of hire

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science or related field
  • Coaching certification(s) in water polo
  • Experience coaching water polo at the collegiate level

Equal Opportunity 

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses. 

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce. 

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety. 

How to Apply 

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veteran status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required) by CLICKING HERE. References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made. 

Collegiate Water Polo Association