About UCLA & the UCLA Bruin Masters Swim Club:

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The UCLA Bruin Masters Swim Club is open to all adult swimmers (fitness, triathlete, competitive, and non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. Within the program, structured workouts from the coaches offer valuable training assistance along with stroke and technique clinics, workshops, and general instruction. Our swimmers range from highly competitive Masters and professional triathletes to non-competitive fitness swimmers and all levels in between. The team holds 20 practices per week in the aquatic facilities at UCLA. Club members participate in pool and open water races—providing opportunities to compete and measure individual progress at the local, state, national, and international levels. This program is designed to help swimmers improve fitness and/or train for specific goals, and offer active support for a healthy lifestyle through friendship and camaraderie. The club, which was founded in 1995 has developed valued traditions (e.g., the annual 1 Hour Swim, 2 hour workouts on Thanksgiving and New Years Day) even as it is poised for growth and change. Learn more about the club at www.recreation.ucla.edu/bruinmasters.

Position Summary:

UCLA is looking for a talented individual to expand and build upon our history of excellence at the masters swimming level. The UCLA Bruin Masters Swim Club has approximately 200 members including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members mainly from the West Los Angeles area. As Head Masters Swimming Coach your primary role is to be a team leader who motivates, teaches, and pushes our members to achieve their unique personal goals. The ideal candidate will be a creative coach who implements a program that can meet the diverse needs of our membership base, namely competitive swimming (both pool and open water swimming), non-competitive physical fitness swimming, improvement of stroke technique, social interaction, triathlon training, etc.

The candidate must have experience coaching on the pool deck as well as experience coaching open water racing and the challenges it brings to the rough water swimmer and triathlete. The individual should have the ability to take a team to a masters meet and coach them to success – whether the swimmer is a first time participant or a national champion, or even as a club participant serving as a timer or cheerleader.
The individual we are seeking must be familiar with, and follow, USMS Rules and Guidelines as established by United States Masters Swimming. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to the sport of swimming. The Head Masters Swimming Coach will oversee program scheduling, supervision of the assistant coaches, program communications to members, program marketing, and administrative duties related to program finances, registration, and member attendance. The Head Masters Swim Coach will represent the team and its interests to other constituencies, both internal and external to UCLA. We are seeking someone who will bring energy to the program, be able to work with a diverse recreation staff, and who can harness, engage, and focus the energy of volunteer leaders.

  • Operate a year round training program for the team, to include approximately 24 workouts per week
  • Workout times include early mornings, mid-days, evenings and weekends
  • Cater program to the different member segments
  • Attend regular UCLA Recreation staff meetings
  • Attend regular UCLA Bruin Masters Advisory Board meetings
  • Attend Southern Pacific Masters and United States Masters meetings as appropriate
  • Organize team registration in major Southern Pacific Masters events and meets, and attend those events as the coach-on-deck in support of participating members
  • Host 2-3 swim meets a year at UCLA
  • Work in conjunction with UCLA Recreation staff and the Team Advisory Group on issues that concern the club as a whole
  • Promote the Club to the University community, (i.e. students, faculty, alumni, and staff) as well as establish and oversee a Community Outreach Program
  • Manage the development of the Assistant Coaches
  • Work with the team’s advisory group to establish team-wide goals (meets, 1 hour swim, community building events, etc.)
  • Organize and implement various swim clinics (e.g., for the four competitive strokes, starts and turns, open water swimming, nutrition, stretching, yoga for swimmers, strength conditioning for swimmers, etc.)

The exceptional candidate for this position will:

  • Possess a passion for the sport of swimming
  • Have demonstrated leadership in managing, motivating and growing a team/program (preference will be given to candidates with at least ten years coaching experience)
  • Have prior coaching/instructional experience at the age group, Masters, collegiate level or higher
  • Possess formal swimming coaching qualifications
  • Relate well to people, be accountable, and well organized
  • Be familiar with Microsoft Office
  • Possess or be prepared to apply for current CPR, First Aid and Water Safety certifications
  • Desire to work in a fun, supportive environment with other aquatic professionals
  • Have ideally participated or have a willingness to participate in USA Swimming or USMS on a National Governing Level (i.e., serve on National Committees, participate in National Conventions, contribute to the administration and organization of USMS)
  • Have a stellar reputation within the USA Swimming and/or the USMS organization.
The Head Masters Swimming Coach is expected to run the majority of all weekly workouts and to schedule regular coverage for all other workouts.


$65,000 per year with the possibility of additional pay for swim clinics and private instruction.

Contact Information:

Interested parties should send your cover letter (in which you outline your vision for the program) and coaching resume (in which you detail the size and scope of programs coached) to Steve Najera, Assistant Director, at
snajera@recreation.ucla.edu (2131 John Wooden Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095). Interviews begin promptly. Applications must be received by 2/22/2010 for full consideration.