JOB POSTING - Head Coach Women's Water Polo Program

Jun. 20, 2024

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 

Preferred start Date: August 15, 2024 (negotiable) 

Hours/Week: 20 hours 

Compensation: Negotiable 

Contract Term: 1-2 years 

Send Applications to: Technical Director 

Closing Date: July 15, 2024 or until position is filled 

Under the direction of the Vortex Water Polo (VWP) Technical Director (TD), this position is  responsible to assist in implementing VWPs Women’s programming for both the recreational and  competitive streams. Although the Head Coach will be actively involved with all teams under their  respective Program, the Head Coach will not necessarily be the primary coach for all teams. Support  coaches form an important part of VWP’s coaching team. 

Key Roles and Responsibilities of these positions include the following: 

  • In collaboration with TD, lead and oversee all teams within the Women’s VWP Program (Competitive and Recreation). 
  • 10+ hours of weekly on-deck coaching working directly with Vortex athletes on technical and tactical skills. 
  • Have a positive, organized, and compassionate coaching style that sets the tone. 
  • Attend Vortex events, including local and out-of-province tournaments/games/training opportunities. 
  • In collaboration with the TD, implement the Strategic Plan for the recruitment and retention of athletes and coaches. 
  • Establish and implement training plans that provide appropriate technical, physical, and mental progressions. 
  • Provide technical skill instruction to aid in the development of athletes and teams. 
  • Prepare teams for games by developing strategies and conducting effective and organized practices.
  • Establish and monitor performance goals for teams and athletes. 
  • Provide formal evaluations to athletes. 
  • Work with the TD to select teams for competition. 
  • Support athletes in pursuing Provincial and National team selections. 
  • Provide athlete and family education on competitive athlete-pathway, build positive relationships with national high-performance programs and assist athletes with recruiting process. 
  • Recruit Team Managers. 
  • Work with the Competitive Coordinator to select chaperones for out-of-town travel and coordinate as required throughout the travel process. 
  • Ensure Competitive Coordinator and chaperones are engaged in a timely way for all competitions and travel events. 
  • Ensure effective communication between athletes and coaching teams for all practices, team events, tournaments, etc. 
  • Work with TD to ensure all members of the coaching team have up-to-date certifications/training requirements and follow all relevant VWP, MWPA and WPC policies. 
  • Establish planning meetings with support coaches in advance of the season to determine coaching schedules, training/certification requirements and development opportunities. 
  • Mentor, support and provide feedback to Support Coaches. 

Candidate Qualifications 


  • Experience in water polo coaching. Successful candidates must possess a thorough knowledge of the rules, regulations, strategies, and techniques of water polo. 
  • Minimum NCCP certification at the Competitive Coach level, or willingness to complete all Water Polo Canada and/or Manitoba Water Polo Association coaching requirements ASAP. 
  • Experience in supervising or leading a working group or team. 
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines. 
  • Ability to mobilize and motivate people and possess strong leadership skills. 
  • Comfort with different digital systems such as TeamSnap, RAMP, social media and/or other on-line platforms.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. 


  • Experience as an athlete or coach with a National Team, NCAA, Provincial Team, Club or international experience. 
  • University degree(s) or diploma in sports management, business, marketing, communications, leadership, or related field. 
  • Training in conflict resolution/management. 

What we offer 

  • Hybrid work model with the opportunity to work from home for administrative tasks and be in-person for coaching, meetings and events. 
  • A collaborative work environment that values respect and innovation. • Flexible work hours and time off. 

Send Applications to: 

Technical Director


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