Head Coach - NUsport Swim Academy


  • Callaghan New South Wales Australia
  • Full Time
14 Jul 2024
Applications 0



At Newcastle University Sport (NUsport) our vision is to inspire healthier communities as the provider of premier sport, health and fitness services. Our mission is to enable the University of Newcastle and the wider community to actively participate and realise the benefits of sport, health and wellbeing, powered by excellence, knowledge and research.

NUsport encompasses a broad range of services including NUsport At The Forum facilities Callaghan, Harbourside and Ourimbah, as well as all Newcastle University Sporting and Elite Athlete Programs, the NUsport Performance Centre (Elite Swimming) and Social Sports Competitions. We show our passion through our values of Integrity, Community Engagement, Excellence, Equity, and Team.

About NUsport Swim Academy: NUsport is renowned for its prestigious Swim Academy Program, currently boasting 2000+ dedicated members.  Operating in the regions only 50 metre indoor heated venue, the program runs 7 days a week.  Ensuring a collaborative approach between the Head Coach and Aquatics Manager, the NUsport Swim Academy has a focus on excellence and customer satisfaction. 

The Role: We are seeking an experienced and visionary Head Coach to lead and further develop our Swim Academy Squad Program and integrate with the NUsport Performance Centre delivered in partnership with the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) and Swimming NSW (SNSW). This rare opportunity requires a leader who is passionate about fostering talent and committed to maintaining our program's high standards of excellence and is willing to progress athletes through the Performance Centre pathway.

Opportunity: Being the home of the NUsport Performance Centre Squad we provide exceptional pathway opportunities for regional swimmers to train at an elite level delivered by world class coaches in an outstanding facility.  The NUsport Head Coach will be given the unique opportunity to work closely with, and be mentored by, the NUsport Performance Centre Squad Head Coach in a high-performance environment that includes exposure to performance support services and research projects.    

Key Responsibilities:

  • The Head Coach will provide exceptional leadership to the team of NUsport Swim Academy coaches through their advanced technical knowledge and outstanding communication skills. It is vital that the Head Coach provides a whole of program approach ensuring that every swimmer and coach in the program pathway has the opportunity to reach their potential.
  • To be successful in this role, you will have high performance coaching experience over a sustained period and a proven track record of building a high performance culture and achieving results whilst prioritising athlete wellbeing.
  • A critical component of this position is the understanding that the role of the Head Coach is to develop athletes ready to progress to the NUsport Performance Centre program.
  • Develop and manage the overall squad program in partnership with NUsport coaches, detailing high quality training and competition plans, athlete training schedules, camps, competition, testing and athlete progress benchmarks to ensure effective service planning, monitoring, and delivery.
  • Embed a culture of excellence through people, resources, and facilities.
  • Attend Performance Centre Steering Committee meetings upon request to provide program updates, contribute to the ongoing development of the program and report against established KPIs.
  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the delivery of an integrated holistic development program including education, dual career and personal development based on the individual needs of the athletes.
  • Provide a safe and inclusive environment by embedding best practice coaching techniques and adhering to SNSW and Swimming Australia policies.
  • Attend identified domestic competition opportunities as the NUsport Swim Academy Head Coach.
  • Lead and grow the NUsport Swim Academy Squad Program, currently consisting of 400+ members.
  • Work closely with the NUSwim Club to facilitate participation in local, state, and national competitions.
  • Foster a positive and motivating environment that encourages excellence and teamwork.

Essential Criteria:

  • Highly motivated, goal orientated with a passion for achieving results.
  • Operates in a manner that recognises and respects the contribution of each person within the team.
  • Communicates openly, honestly, and respectfully.
  • Works collaboratively, while challenging and encouraging others to achieve higher levels of performance.
  • Strives for excellence, both personally and organisationally.
  • Embraces change, utilises creativity and is measured in taking risk where required to improve performance standards.
  • Places the health, safety and wellbeing of athletes at the forefront of training programs.

Why Join NUsport?

  • Opportunity to work with elite athletes and contribute to their success on state and national levels.
  • Collaborative and supportive environment with opportunities for professional growth.
  • Access to world-class facilities and resources.
  • Exposure to high performance environments in partnership with SNSW and NSWIS.

For more information about NUsport and our programs, please visit

NUsport is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Essential Requirements

  • First Aid Certificate
  • Current Provide/Perform CPR
  • Development Swimming Coach Accreditation
  • Working with Children / Working with Vulnerable People Check
  • Proven ability to develop a successful club program from grass roots to high performance
  • Experience in creating alignment and accountability across a large squad program that focusses on technical excellence and appropriate skill acquisition at each level
  • Well-developed ability to plan, coordinate athlete training schedules, camps, competition, testing and athlete progress benchmarks
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including research, report writing, public speaking and presentations
  • Advanced Leadership & Influencing skills

Desirable Criteria

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Proven negotiation, facilitation and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to prioritise and organise individual workload and achieve outcomes within agreed timeframes
  • Well versed in operational decision making

Application Instruction

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and a cover letter outlining their experience and vision for the NUsport Swim Academy. Applications should be sent to by 14 July 2024. 

Join us at NUsport and be part of a legacy of excellence and innovation in swimming.

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