January 02, 2018

Swim Ireland is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced swimming coach with a proven performance coaching profile to assume the role of Head Coach of our National Centre in Limerick.

Swim Ireland Head Coach (National Centre Limerick) Job Description


The Coach will be responsible to the National Performance Director and the National Senior Team Head Coach and together they will work collaboratively and in unison to lead and deliver a world-class Performance Pathway programme at the 10-lane 50m UL Sport Pool at the University of Limerick (in association with the Sport Ireland Institute). The Coach will also oversee and lead a team of coaches responsible for additional athlete groups and coaching initiatives within the programme as a whole. They will operate according to the Swim Ireland 2017-2020 Performance Plan and the High Performance Vision & Framework, assisting (in the first instance) in the preparation of the Centre’s performance pathway athletes for all relevant international meets at junior and senior level in the period 2018-2020, with a view to producing athletes for the Irish team at the 2024 Olympic Games.

Our Vision for Performance Swimming is:

“High performing people in a high performance system working in unison to consistently achieve Olympic and World medals.”


Central to achieving this vision is a core set of principles:

Long-Term Perspective

We are committed to a long-term Performance programme focused on recurrent success not on short-term Olympic or World Championship cycles;


Our goal is to create a ‘system’ that is capable of developing the full potential of our athletes repeatedly rather than one-off successes based on individual athletes;


Our programme aspires to consistently deliver Olympic and World Championship medals;


The Performance programme is centered on the people within the system – athletes, coaches, support staff, and administrators and developing their capability to ensure that they reach world-class standard for the good of the programme;

Positive Journey

We aspire to make participation in the Performance programme a positive journey for all, leaving people in a better place for having been part of the programme and creating an aspiration for others to be involved


Applicants must display:

  • Knowledge and experience in the development, organisation, implementation and coordination of a performance/performance pathway swim squad and the development of such athletes to ensure that all individuals within the programme are given the opportunity to maximise their potential, including an understanding of swimming specific LTAD where applicable
  • Excellent communication skills, including the mentoring, managing and enabling other staff and key partners
  • The building and maintaining of strong relationships with athletes, athlete families and partner service providers to continually encourage athletes towards the next level of their individual development
  • The development of the programme as a whole to ensure continued and furthered success as a National Centre


Applicants must understand:

  • They will attend swim meets and/or swim camps and to support Centre athletes as and when required
  • They will work all necessary hours to fulfil the requirements of the post
  • There will be a requirement to work unsocial hours including early mornings, evenings and weekends
  • There will be a requirement to travel to and from Dublin for departmental meetings and similar
  • There will be a requirement to work as an integral part of the National Squad programme and, when required, as a member of National Team staff
  • They will organise swim camps/clinics/education opportunities as required
  • They will maintain a Swim Ireland Level 3 Swimming Coach qualification (or international equivalent) through compliance with the Swim Ireland Coach Licensing scheme

All applications will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and should be made by submitting the following to hp@swimireland.ie


  • A cover letter to include a personal statement addressing the essential criteria, and why an applicant believes their skills, experience and values meet the requirements of the position
  • A comprehensive CV relevant to the position, including three referees, one of which must be the current employer


Closing Date: 1200 GMT Friday 26/01/18 with interviews likely to take place in Dublin in the week beginning 05/02/18. The proposed start date for this position is Monday 05/03/18