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ALLENDALE, Mich. — Grand Valley State University seeks a men’s collegiate club head coach for the institution’s men’s water polo team.

The Head Coach is responsible for the supervision, planning, and organization of all practices, execution of in-game leadership and strategy, as well as providing mentorship of student-athletes. The Head Coach is expected to travel to all home and away competitions. This position will work closely with the team’s Executive Board members and Recreation & Wellness personnel. This position is part-time with an annual stipend of $5,000, with transportation and lodging for away events provided by the team. The season is typically September through October.

The GVSU Men’s Water Polo program is a member of the Great Lakes Division of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA). The program made 10 straight National Tournament appearances between 2007-2017, making 6 Final Four appearances, finishing runner-up in 2012 and 2013, and winning a National Championship in 2011. The club has 250 wins over the last decade. This position is part time and not eligible for benefits.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Minimum of 2 years of coaching experience at high school level
  • Experience coaching or competing at collegiate or semi-professional level
  • Strong leadership, management, and communication skills
  • Ability to put together comprehensive skill development plan and run a proper practice
  • Proper organizational skills
  • Reliable source of transportation

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Knowledge about the CWPA and its policies and procedures
  • Has American Water Polo Level II coaching certification
  • Strong ties and connections to the local and regional Water Polo community
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit and endorse student-athletes to join the program

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Plan, develop, and facilitate practices and training.
  • Provide in-game strategy and leadership to the team during competitions.
  • Work with club’s E-board to coordinate all competitions with opposing institutions and organizations.
  • Serve as an advisor to help organize team’s budget/expenses, ensuring sound accounting practices. 
  • Effectively communicate with conference, opposing schools, GVSU Recreation & Wellness staff, and the club’s student-athletes and E-board.
  • Oversee the hiring and supervision of all assistant/volunteer coaches (if any).
  • Facilitate a program that reflects the mission, vision, and values of the department of Recreation & Wellness and ensures compliance with Club Sport policies and procedures.
  • Have strong understanding and comply with all CWPA policies, procedures, and expectations.
  • Provide representation for the team at all required CWPA meetings.

Salary:  $5,000 annual stipend

Department/Division: Recreation & Wellness/Student Affairs

Campus: Allendale

How To Apply: Apply online at and select “Apply now”.  Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215, or Associate Director, Mike Przydzial at 616-331-3212 or

Application Deadline: Consideration of applications will begin immediately and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Collegiate Water Polo Association