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Diving Coach
DATE:   10/9/2020
JOB TITLE:   Diving Coach
JOB CLASS:   Professional
JOB STATUS:   Part Time
WORK LOCATION:   Gallagher Center, Kiernan Center
TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:   Head Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Coach
DEPARTMENT:   Athletics
SECTOR:   President


Under general supervision, the Diving Coach assists the head coach in developing student-athletes academically and athletically for the swimming & diving programs and contributes to the educational mission of the University by offering direction and instruction in the area of lacrosse athletics.

  • Recruits student-athletes for the Diving program including general correspondence, video review, logging activities, on-campus visits, and off-campus evaluations.
  • Instructs methods and strategies and coaches student-athletes in the sport of diving including wet and dryland practices, competitions, conference championship, and NCAA events.
  • Provides motivation, counseling, and supervision for diving student-athletes.
  • Provide academic support for student-athletes as the chair of the team’s academic committee.
  • Monitor study hall, day-to-day class attendance, Early Advantage Program reports, and maintain contact with faculty regarding student’s academic progress.
  • Assist with the operation of the program under the rules and regulations of the university, the NCAA, and the MAAC; understanding that a coach can be suspended for a period of time without pay or terminated if found to be involved in significant or repetitive violations of NCAA regulations.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: student and employee personal information, student grades, etc.), both during and after their employment with the University.  Any question regarding the confidentiality of material should be referred to the supervisor.  Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the head coach.


% of Time

60%    Provide teaching and instruction for the fundamentals of diving and developing skills.

15%    Recruit potential student-athletes for the diving program. 

15%    Provide academic support for student-athletes as the chair of the team’s academic committee. Monitor study hall, day-to-day class attendance, Early Advantage Program reports, and maintain contact with faculty regarding students’ academic progress.

5%     Follow, conform, monitor, and log all MAAC and NCAA rules and regulations.

5%     Additional duties as assigned by the head coach.


1)  Strong interpersonal, organizational, written, and oral communication skills.

2)  Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.

3)  Working knowledge of coaching and teaching techniques and the ability to effectively use them.

4)  Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays when necessary.

5)  Ability to receive telephone calls, respond to inquiries, and communicate with others by telephone.

6)  Ability to travel when necessary.

7)  Knowledge of recruiting techniques and the ability to effectively use them.

8)  Proficiency to handle various office machines including but not limited to:  computer keyboard, computer software applications, calculator, copy machine, and fax.

9)  Knowledge of academic eligibility rules.

10)  Ability to drive a personal or university vehicle for the purpose of university business. 


The functions of the position usually performed standing, but may require some amount of time sitting, stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, running, carrying, and other movements.  Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, computer software applications, involve the extensive wrist and hand movement.  This position requires traveling.  All individuals are required to be able to perform these tasks without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.


1)  Bachelor's degree or high school diploma with outstanding high-level amateur or professional playing and/or coaching experience required.

2)  At least 2-3 years of experience coaching diving at the high school, college, or higher competitive level.

3)  A valid New York State driver’s license is required that satisfies both University and insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle. Must also be able to operate a motor vehicle in Canada. 

4)  Must pass the NCAA recruiting exam within the first year of employment.

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NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Megan Altman-Cosgrove, Interim Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8314, mcosgrove@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

Niagara University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A copy of the Student Right to Know Annual Security Report is available at: http://www.niagara.edu/safety
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