Helena Lions Swim Team Seeking Head Coach


The Helena Lions Swim Team (HLST), a year-round competitive USA Swimming club in Helena, MT is seeking an energetic, engaging, motivated, experienced, dynamic Head Coach for a team of 40-50 swimmers to further develop an already strong program. Established in 1973, HLST has a recognized presence in the community and over the years has produced numerous Individual State Champions, Championship relays, Seniors, Age Group Sections, Futures, and Zone qualifiers. Practice facilities include an indoor 25-yard pool and an outdoor 50-meter pool in summer.


Primary Responsibilities:

The Head Coach, through collaboration and communication, is responsible for ensuring:

  • Team operations
  • Swimmer Recruitment and retention
  • Scheduling
  • Providing coaching and training that is technically, age and developmentally appropriate.
  • Community Involvement

For a complete job description, see contact information below. Additional team information is available at

Minimum Requirements:

Successful candidates will have at least 2 years of swim coaching experience. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or currently eligible to work in the U.S.

Preferred Skills:

ASCA Level 2 or 3. One year of management or administrative experience.

  • Minimum of 2 years coaching/working with youth experience preferred 
  • Knowledge of Team Unify, and Hy-Tek systems 
  • Ability to work with swimmers of all ages 
  • Cooperative and respectful interpersonal skills 
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills 
  • Training in team building best practices in accordance with USA Swimming Safe Sport.
  • Completed and up to date educational and safety training/lifeguard water safety standards with USA Swimming


Helena, the capital city of Montana, has a population of approximately 34,000, with a greater area population of over 63,000 (2010). Nestled in the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains (elev. 4,100) and centrally located between Glacier and Yellowstone Nation Parks. There are vast opportunities for summer and winter outdoor recreation activities, including hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, and skiing. Known as “The Best Small Art Town in America,” there are a multitude of social, educational, and family oriented activities offered throughout the year. For more local information visit

Salary and Application Requirements:

The annual salary range is $34,000 - $36,000 and will depend on experience and qualifications. The potential of additional pay through incentives may be available and will be negotiated at the time on employment contract is drafted. Paid vacation and paid professional development are included. Historically, the HLST coach has also served as a coach for the two local high school swim teams. If interested, this opportunity may be available competitively as well.

Interested applicants should submit a statement describing the applicant’s coaching philosophy, current resume, and three current references with contact information via email to the Hiring Committee Chairs:

Sarah Urban and Piper Lynch

[email protected] AND [email protected]

Email is preferred, but if submitting a paper application, please send to:

Sarah Urban


1564 Charlie Russell

Helena, MT 59601

Applications will be reviewed as returned and the position will remain open until filled. Questions can be referred to the Hiring Committee Chairs by email (preferred): [email protected] and [email protected] or by calling (406) 443-0687.