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MASTERS ASSISTANT COACH

Position Summary

Mendota Rowing Club (MRC) in Madison WI is looking for an assistant coach for our post- collegiate/master’s (adult) rowing program.

This is a part-time position that requires coaching two to four mornings a week generally between 5:15am and 7:00am from April through October. There may be an opportunity in the winter to coach indoor rowing two to three times per week. 

This position includes a complimentary club membership (if coaching 2 or more days a week), supplementary regatta day pay, and opportunities for professional development. 

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities Required

  1. Four years or more rowing or coxing experience. 

  2. Coaching experience or experience teaching rowing.

  3. US Rowing Association Level 2 Coaching Certification or ability to attain it within 1 year of hire. 

  4. Competent at driving a safety launch.  Wisconsin boaters’ safety course certified (can be obtained upon hire).  

  5. CPR/First-Aid certified

  6. Able and willing to drive the club trailer to regattas.

  7. Familiar with boat rigging and basic repairs.

  8. Experienced with social media and electronic databases

  9. SafeSport certified (can be obtained upon hire).


Duties and Responsibilities

A.   Coaching of Practices

  1. Coordinate and supervise your rowing practices.  Ensure the line-ups are set for practices based on member sign-ups. Implement training programs developed for on and off the water.

  2. Provide opportunities for different levels of rowers by facilitating the technical, physical, and mental/emotional development of all athletes.

  3. Communicate with and coordinate rowing activities and equipment usage with the Head Coach. 

  4. Allow only equipment in safe working order to be used. Report any damage that occurs to equipment.

  5. Use discretion and follow club policy to determine safe rowing conditions including but not limited to the policy on lake traffic patterns.

  6. Oversee and encourage proper equipment handling techniques. This includes ensuring that all coxswains receive specific training in boat handling, coxing technique, and safe boating practices.

  7. Be aware of participants’ medical conditions and any special needs or limitations.

  8. Inform members about rowing and exercise safety issues such as: water safety procedures, hypothermia, dehydration, heat stroke, and proper warm up and stretching procedures.

  9. Strictly enforce all club, local, state and federal safety rules and all local, state, and federal regulations at all times.

  10. Inform the Board president and other coaching staff about planned absences and vacations and make arrangements for practices, coaching, and program supervision in your absence.

B.   Administrative

  1. Communicate regularly and effectively with the Head Coach.

  2. Attend monthly coaches meeting from March through October.

  3. Contribute to recruitment efforts to attract new rowers. Participate in National Learn to Row Day.

  4. Attend Coaching Committee and Safety Committee meetings

  5. Participate in club events such as work parties and boathouse maintenance activities

C.     Travel and Regattas

  1. Travel to and be present at two regattas- one for sprint season, one for head season- or arrange for an appropriate substitute to be present.

  2. Work with Head coach to coordinate regatta lineups. Work with Regatta Coordinator to submit entries and waivers. Provide regatta participants with regatta schedule and information on individual races.

  3. Coordinate regatta equipment use with other program coaches.

  4. Provide a packing list to ensure proper tools, spare parts, slings, and tees are taken to and returned from the regatta. 

  5. Provide a trailer loading diagram for each regatta.    Supervise trailer loading and unloading.

  6. Ensure that the Traveling First Aid kit is included in the regatta equipment. Have an up-to-date list of emergency contacts and health issues for all rowers and coxswains at a regatta.

  7. Coordinate and assist with home regattas and scrimmages such as Sconnie Scones Regatta and Spooky, Sweeps and Sculls Regatta.

Reporting Structure and Performance Evaluation

The Assistant Coach of the Competitive Program reports to the MRC President.

The Assistant Coach of the Adult Program will receive an annual performance evaluation, normally conducted at the end of the fall rowing season. During this evaluation, s/he will provide a summary of accomplishments of the past rowing year, and bring issues forward for discussion.  

About Madison, Wisconsin

Madison is one of only a few cities in the US that is continually ranked as one of the best places to live, bike, stay fit, learn, eat, be green, and buy a house. Home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and one of the best rowing programs in the country, this is the place to be.


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Applicants must be currently eligible to work in the US. We are an equal opportunity employer.

To apply email a cover letter, resume, statement of coaching philosophy, and three references to Club Vice President, Melissa Austin, maustin@mendotarowingclub.com




Mailing Address:
PO Box 646
Madison, WI 53701

Boathouse Address:
622 E Gorham St
Madison, WI

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