Want to be a PLC Water Polo Coach this summer? 

Submit your resume or questions by May 1st to [email protected]


Last updated: February 25, 2020

Phantom Lake Water Polo Head Coach | Job Description and Responsibilities


Job Description 

The head water polo coach is responsible for managing and directing the Phantom Lake Bath & Tennis Club summer recreational water polo program. The head coach oversees all practices, games and related activities, ensures a focus on skills development for all age groups, fosters an environment of inclusion and friendly competition, models positive sportsmanship, and demonstrates a passion for water polo.


Season Schedule

  • Water polo season: July 27, 2020 - August 23, 2020
  • Pre-season clinic and exhibitions:  
  • June 26, 2020 - after swim team pancake breakfast
  • Late June/early July - evening social event
  • Practices: Monday - Wednesday, July 27 - August 18, 9 am – 11:30 am
  • Games: Thursday - Sunday, July 30 - August 16, 8 am – 12 pm
  • Championship Tournament: August 19 - 23, 8 am – 5 pm
  • Champs Finals (top two finishers from each age bracket): Sunday, August 23, 8 am – 12 pm


General Responsibilities

  • Participate in preseason clinics, exhibition games, and promotional events as required (a maximum of 3).
  • Attend all practices and games. Any exceptions must be pre-approved and arrangements made before the season starts.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before practices in order to supervise equipment set up and take care of any administrative duties.
  • Structure practice plans for the benefit of recreational level players. Emphasis should be on skills development so players can approach game situations with confidence.
  • Learn the names of all players and seek to support their individual skills development.
  • Maintain a positive attitude about all players, regardless of age or ability.
  • Lead coaching team. Ensure a consistent approach and philosophy.
  • Remain on deck during all practices.
  • In the event of an unforeseen situation e.g. sickness, personal emergency, please reach out to the parent rep ASAP so arrangements can be made. 



  • Arrival: Arrive 15 minutes before away games. Arrive 30 minutes before home games to ensure that the pool and equipment are setup.
  • General: Model good sportsmanship, encourage friendly competition, provide positive feedback and encouragement. 
  • Playing time: Make every attempt to distribute playing time evenly. During tournaments and Championship games, structure playing time to maximize the chances for winning while still making sure that all players get to play.
  • Playing up: invite players to play up one age group level when extra players are needed.   Players who are playing up may not receive equal playing time as preference is given to players in their assigned age level. Players who have completed their senior year of high school will be given priority, as this will be their last season to play.

End of Season Banquet:

  • Be prepared to make positive comments about each player at the end of season awards banquet. Parent Rep may procure an end of season memento for players to commemorate the season, if time and budget allow.


Administrative Responsibilities

  • Attend a mandatory Midlakes Water Polo coaching and rules clinic.
  • Attend mandatory Midlakes Water Polo Preseason Coaches Meeting and Championship Tournament Coaches Meeting.
  • Discuss the number of teams that PLC will host with Parent Reps after registrations have been processed and before Midlakes Water Polo coaches meeting.
  • Turn in copies of required coaching certifications (lifeguard training OR coach’s safety training). Proof of certification will be on file with the Club Manager. 
  • Complete Annual Safesport online training and adhere to Safesport guidelines. Cost of training will be reimbursed by Phantom Lake Club. (https://safesport.org/)  90 minute online training/$20/1 year certification
  • Work with parent rep to ensure that all players attending practices and games have registered and paid.
  • Post sign-up sheet for games by age-level at least 2 days before games and contact players who will be needed to play up, if necessary.
  • Communicate with player families as needed. This can include, but is not limited to, player availability for games, schedule changes, behavioral issues, coaching plans and philosophy.
  • Be familiar with the contents of the Midlakes Water Polo Operating Plan 
  • Regular Season: Maintain an official team roster of all players participating in the Regular Season. Roster must include first and last names, date of birth, competition age, and gender for each player. Submit the team roster to the Water Polo Communications Director (WPCD) by the Monday following the first week of games. Keep roster up-to-date throughout the season.   
  • Championship: (1) Submit Championship Team Roster to WPCD and the Tournament Director at Championship Tournament Coaches Meeting. Roster must include first and last names, date of birth, competition age, and gender for each player, including any players who may “play up.” Team will not be eligible to compete until roster has been submitted. (2) Communicate any forfeits or factors that affect competition in a timely and forthright manner. (3) Provide accurate and reliable contact information to the WPCD for communication purposes.



  • At least 17 years old by June 1, 2020. 
  • Current Red Cross Lifeguard Certification. 
  • Safesport Certified (required after hire date and before first clinic).
  • At least 2 years’ experience playing water polo on a high school team or club team is mandatory.   College-level playing experience is preferred. 1-2 seasons as a coach or assistant coach are preferred. If a candidate has minimal coaching experience, weekly mentoring will be arranged.
  • Two character or professional references from persons without a family relationship to the applicant.


Application Process



  • Pay and approximate schedule information will be made available to applicants at the time of application.