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Directs all aspects of the competitive intercollegiate water polo program to include coaching and teaching effective strategy, technique and training, recruitment of qualified student-athletes. The head coach is responsible for ensuring compliance with NCAA, Conference, and Carthage College rules and regulations, establishing appropriate competitive and developmental goals and objectives for program. Additional responsibilities include coordinating and leading club sports including coaching club men’s water polo team. The head coach will be involved with some aspects of alumni relations within their sport and will support fundraising efforts for special initiatives in their program or the department of athletics.


Responsible for planning and conducting in-season and where appropriate and permissible pre-season, non-traditional and post-season team/individual athlete practices and competitions. Design instructions for individual student-athletes and for specific team needs, and teach proper skills, skill development, and team concepts to student-athletes. (20%)

Actively develop recruitment strategies in accordance with NCAA bylaws, identify students to recruit and cultivate expansive recruiting network. Effectively communicate with prospective student athletes by mail, phone, and e-mail, social media as approved by NCAA rules. Participate in on-campus and off-campus recruiting. (20%)

Oversee overall management of program. Establish and arrange practice and competition schedules; ensure appropriate travel arrangements have been made to include mode of transportation, lodging, and meals; submit an itinerary as requested. Responsible for the distribution and recovery of all equipment and uniforms. Maintain an inventory control system; recommend the purchase or replacement of uniforms and equipment. Identifying problems and/or concerns regarding athletic facilities and work with the Assistant Athletic Director to resolve any facility-related concerns. If assigned, ensure officials have been secured for all home games. Coordinate selection of team by evaluating team members to include athlete talent assessment, academic eligibility and individual social decisions. Analyze opponent performance and provide recommendations for strategies and tactics for utilization during competition play. (20%)

Oversee, coordinate and develop club sport programs. Coach men’s club water polo team and serve as primary contact for recruitment efforts for club athlete. Develop and maintain policies and procedures for club sport programs. (20%)

Engage in various fundraising projects and related programs and activities promoting the assigned sport and the athletics program. Participate in public relations opportunities with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and news media. (5%)

Provide student-athletes with instruction regarding physical health and safety and promote student-athlete safety and well-being. (5%)

Monitor the academic progress of student athletes and ensure compliance with NCAA, College, and conference regulations; provide council to student athletes regarding goals, academic success and other personal and sport related issues. (5%)

Serve on various College-sponsored and other committees; seek out opportunities to serve on national and regional sports committees. (5%)


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Directly Assistant coach and student staff. Carries out supervisory duties in accordance with college policies and applicable employment laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform

each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.)


  • Requires education generally equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Requires 2 or more years of coaching experience. College coaching experience preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, and strong attention to detail are required.
  • Master’s degree or progress towards an advanced degree and previous experience working in a college or university athletics department is highly desired.
  • National certification in strength and conditioning preferred.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (The physical demands described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The phrases “occasionally,” “regularly,” and “frequently” correspond to the following definitions: “occasionally” means up to 1/3 of working time, “regularly” means between 1/3 and 2/3 of working time, and “frequently” means 2/3 and more of working time.)


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and/or hear, and/or use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls. The employee is often required to stand, and/or walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move between 1 and 25 pounds while moving files, folders, or books 5 pounds to 50 pounds while moving athletic equipment around campus. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: (The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Work is performed in an office and pool/field environment. The employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the occupation described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the occupation.


Institutional Information

Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.

Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.