Head Sailing Coach at the University of Michigan

Job Posted 5/29/2024
The University of Michigan
500 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States
Degree Required
Housing Provided
Job Start Date
$38,266.00 to $42,000.00 Per Year
Job Description


The University of Michigan Sailing Team (the Team) is seeking a dynamic and ambitious Head Coach to lead practices, develop the sailing skills of its members, and maintain team cohesion. Located in Ann Arbor Michigan, a city ranked #1 by US News and World Report for best quality of life, the Team is a student-run, national-level competitor within the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association (MCSA) of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA). While sailing at the University of Michigan is a club sport, the Team possesses comparable resources to peer varsity programs.

The Team desires a strong individual to guide its continued success at both the Conference and National levels. The ideal candidate will lead practices, coach regattas, spearhead student-athlete recruitment, and advise the executive board.

Required Qualifications

  • Four-year college degree;
  • Valid U.S Driver's License;
  • US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Certification;
  • CPR/AED/First Aid Certification;
  • Familiarity with operating a powerboat;
  • Experience with fleet and team racing.

Desired Qualifications

  • Substantial fleet and team racing experience in FJs or 420s;
  • High-level collegiate dinghy experience;
  • Prior coaching experience at the club, collegiate, or high school level;
  • US Sailing Level 2 or 3 Instructor certification;
  • Ability to conduct minor maintenance work on equipment;
  • Knowledgeable in the Racing Rules of Sailing, ICSA and MCSA By-Laws, and ICSA and MCSA Procedural Rules.


  • Lead practices:
    • Prepare and lead drills and chalk talks for each practice (3 scheduled per week);
    • Provide feedback for sailor development on and off the water;
    • Coach and ensure the safety of sailors during practice from a powerboat. 
  • Coach regattas:
    • Travel to regattas each weekend during the season;
    • Set boat pairings and select starting rotations for regattas in the best interest of the team;
    • Actively coach and make pairing & rotation adjustments.
  • Recruit Student-Athletes to the University of Michigan:
    • Proactively engage academically qualified and athletically talented students;
    • Foster relationships with high school and club coaches to further the team's recruiting efforts.
  • Advise the Executive Board 
    • Coordinate with the board semesterly to set sailing-related goals and plans;  
    • Help provide continuity during Executive Board transitions;
    • Communicate long-term goals and initiatives between boards;
    • Advise on other team decisions when necessary.


2024-2025 Schedule 

*Subsequent seasons will follow a similar schedule revolving around the University of Michigan academic calendar.

**Sailing venue: Michigan Sailing Club, 8010 Strawberry. Lake Rd, Dexter, MI 48130

Fall Season: 19 August - 15 November | Practices, Instruction, Boat Maintenance, Recruiting, Curriculum Planning 

  • Mon: Chalk Talk + Executive Board Meeting (7-9 PM) on Central Campus
  • Tuesday: Practice (3-7 PM) at Sailing Venue
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Practice (3-7 PM) at Sailing Venue
  • Friday: Practice (3-7 PM) at Sailing Venue OR Regatta Travel
  • Saturday - Sunday: Regatta Competition

Winter Offseason: 16 November - 28 February
  Recruiting, Curriculum Planning, Professional Development

  • Away from campus with regular check-ins with the Executive Board

Spring Break Training: 2 March - 8 March | Full-time training at a warm-weather venue

  • Sun: Travel and Setup | Mon-Fri: Practice (9 AM - 5 PM) | Sat: Travel to Ann Arbor

Spring Season: 9 March - 1 May | Practices, Instruction, Boat Maintenance, Recruiting, Curriculum Planning 

  • Mon: Chalk Talk + Executive Board Meeting (7-9 PM) on Central Campus
  • Tues: Practice (3-7 PM) at Sailing Venue
  • Wed: Off
  • Thu: Practice (3-7 PM) at Sailing Venue
  • Fri: Practice (3-7 PM) at Sailing Venue OR Regatta Travel
  • Sat: - Sunday: Regatta Competition

Nationals Training (regardless of qualification): 5 May - 16 May
  Full-Time Training:

  • Mon-Fri: Practice at Sailing Venue or other Midwest Venue

National Championship Regattas: 16 May - 31 May (dependent on performance)

  • Regatta Travel and Competition at Spring National Championship Regattas 

Summer Break: 1 June  - 18 August | Recruiting and off-time

  • Off time away from Campus with check-ins as necessary with the Executive Board


  • 1099 contract position with compensation ranging from $38,266 - $42,000 per year, commensurate with experience. 

Please direct all inquiries to sailing.exec@umich.edu.

Applicants shall send a resume and cover letter to sailing.exec@umich.edu to be considered.

Job Requirements

Physical Conditions

  • Able to lift 50 pounds safely;
  • Willing to work in wet, damp, or cold conditions;
  • Capable of operating a powerboat safely.

Background Screening

  • The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all volunteers (independent contractors) upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third-party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

  • The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Additional Information:

  • This position does not qualify you as a University of Michigan employee. If hired, you will be an independent contractor who will not receive benefits or eligibility for worker’s compensation. This position does not have any administrative or budgetary responsibilities - due to the nature of --Club Sports, those aspects are coordinated by student leaders and executive board members. The coach serves in an advisory role only.
  • Faculty, staff, student employees, volunteers, and visiting scholars who are charged with or convicted of a felony are required to report it to the university within one week.
  • Independent Contractors are required to provide individual liability insurance.
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Jack Hammett
500 S State St.
Ann Arbor MI 48109
United States
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