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Hiring a Head Coach/Program Director

Located in the beautiful Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, United States, the Litchfield Hills Rowing Club is looking for a full time, year round position with annual salary of $35,000 and a compensation package including a furnished apartment or housing stipend and use of club vehicle. Download a PDF or review the full job description below.

Those interested should email LHRC Chairman, Pete Donohue ( immediately with a cover letter and resume. The projected start date for this position is February 4, 2019. Review of applicants will begin Monday, August 13, 2018.

Seasons and Events


  • Spring Middle School (MS) and High School (HS)
  • Summer College/Competitive
  • Summer Recreational
  • Summer Learn to Row
  • Fall MS and HS
  • Winter MS and HS


  • Spring Competitive and Recreational
  • Summer Competitive and Recreational
  • Summer Learn to Row
  • Fall Competitive and Recreational
  • Winter

2018-19 Regattas/Team Events:

  • Bantam Lake Throwdown Regatta (Litchfield, CT) – Sunday, May 20
  • Mercer Lake/ISA Sculling Championships (West Windsor, NJ) – April 21-22
  • Cooper Cup (Camden, NJ) – Sunday, April 29
  • USRowing Northeast Youth Championships (Worcester, MA) – May 19-20
  • Derby Sweeps and Sculls (Shelton, CT) – June 16
  • USRowing Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Masters Championships (Lowell, MA) - Saturday, July 7
  • USRowing Club National Championships (Camden, NJ) – July 11-15
  • Head of the Riverfront (Hartford, CT) – Sunday, September 30
  • Head of the Charles (Boston, MA) – October 20-21
  • Head of the Fish (Saratoga Springs, NY) – October 27-28
  • Connecticut Indoor Rowing Championship (Easton, CT) – Sunday, January 27, 2019
  • St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Pelham, NY) – Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints (Boston, MA) – Sunday, February 24, 2019

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Practices and Regattas:

  • Organize and lead on-water practices. This includes:
    • Setting training plans.
    • Assuring equipment is available and operational.
    • Assigning coaches, coxes, equipment and lineups.
    • Providing direct coaching and technical feedback both on and off the water with a shared emphasis on individual and overall boat improvement.
    • Coordinating practice schedules and lake traffic pattern with coaches from Taft School and Forman School.
    • Video review to illustrate technical improvements
    • Stretching, weights and other off-water exercises for rower's fitness, strength and flexibility improvement.
  • Coordinate regatta planning. This includes:
    • Defining entries and lineups.
    • Ensuring registration by established deadlines.
    • Arranging boat usage and transport.
    • Communicating with other coaches and LHRC Parent Association to fully prepare for regatta success.
    • Coordinate and supervise equipment transport arrangements with regard to loading/unloading of boats, oars, slings, etc. 
    • Submitting entries on time, including age handicaps and other necessary information to remain compliant to regatta criteria.

Facilities & Equipment

  • Maintain a high level of care for ALL club facilities and equipment (boats, oars, trailer, boathouse, ergs, indoor facility).
  • Coordinate a systematic maintenance plan with masters and juniors.
  • Communicate a prioritization list of any upgrades or replacements to the Board of Directors at monthly meetings.


  • Supervise and develop Assistant Coach(es)
    • Engage in collaborative communication and plan duties/responsibilities with assistant coach(es).
    • Manage coaching staff schedules to ensure adequate supervision at practices, regattas and other team events.
  • Foster a healthy, safe team environment that inspires teamwork, respect, commitment, and a love of rowing in an inclusive, and competitive environment.
  • Be a role model that embodies the goals and values of our team, and provides positive leadership.
  • Lead a program that consistently attracts and retains athletes.
  • Work with LHRC Board to define and implement programming, regattas, equipment purchase/sale, and fundraising.
  • Be available to rowers, parents, and board members to answer questions and provide guidance, expertise, and feedback in a professional, timely manner.
  • Ensure all applicable LHRC Policies, Safety Rules, and the Code of Conduct are followed by all team members.
  • In addition to practices, attendance at monthly Board meetings, seasonal parent meetings, and social events is required. 
  • Assist the Board in maintaining organizational relationships on behalf of LHRC.


  • Develop a plan of outreach to local schools for recruitment.
  • Meet periodically with local Athletic Directors to evangelize on the sport of rowing and LHRC's programming.
  • Organize events focused on recruitment.
  • Organize and attend local community events to grow awareness and increase participation in Learn to Row, masters and juniors rowing programs

Requirements and Qualifications

Experience & Education

  • A bachelor's degree is preferred.
  • Candidates must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check.
  • Four years of collegiate rowing with minimum 2-3 years of club coaching.
  • Any licenses associated with water sports (i.e. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation, Heartsaver CPR AED Certification) are required. 
  • Level I USRowing Coaching Certification is required.
  • Level II and/or III USRowing Coaching Certification are preferred.
  • Solid understanding of USRowing rules.

Technical Skills

  • Experience and ability to teach both sculling and sweep rowing, and coxswain skills.
  • Ability to develop rowing technique and athletic conditioning in athletes of varying ages, experience, and skills.
  • Experience developing and executing endurance and strength training programs and experience with general training principles, nutrition, and exercise physiology.
  • Thorough knowledge of equipment maintenance, rigging adjustments, and trailer loading.
  • Ability to recognize repairs required to equipment, and knowledge of where to get those repairs performed. Ideally, the candidate would be able to personally perform minor repairs.
  • Motor boat operation skills sufficient to operate in close quarters with fragile rowing shells, transfer rowers between launch and rowing shell, and execute rescue maneuvers if necessary.
  • Ideally comfortable driving truck with boat trailer to regattas.

Those interested should email LHRC Chairman, Pete Donohue ( immediately with a cover letter and resume.