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Men’s Water Polo Club Head Coach - Recreation and Wellness

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Position type: EAP - 12-Month Adjunct AP (Administrative Professional)
Location: Allendale
Categories: Student Services

SummaryThe 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.

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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