Varsity/Novice Head Sailing Coach

Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program
1 Eaton Street
Lawrence, MA 01843
United States

Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Housing Provided
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description


The Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program’s junior competitive team, Greater Lawrence Sailing, seeks a Varsity and Junior Varsity coach for their newly established (2020) Club 420 sailing team. This is a fantastic opportunity for a new coach or recent NCAA grad to leave their mark on a new community-based program that serves high school and middle school students.

These coaches are responsible for the planning and execution of sailing team practices for the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams under the direction of the Sailing Director. Additionally, coaches will assist the Sailing Director in planning for races/regattas (home and away) and the Varsity coach will be the head travel coach for away regattas.

Each team will meet three days a week and will have occasional weekend practices or races. Teams practice on the Merrimack River, but may receive the opportunity to hold practices on the ocean in Greater Boston. Our Sailing Director is open to discussing the combining of the positions for the right person, who would then be considered the Head Coach and would coach both teams.

We are looking for someone who has drive and passion, and is able to bring our program to the next level of club racing.



  • Plan and execute thoughtful practice/drills for team practices including:
    • advanced racing techniques
    • C420 and Sunfish skills
    • match racing
    • chalk-talks & debriefs
    • on the water drills
    • rain-out activities
    • proficiency evaluations
    • progress reports
    • fun water-based activities
  • Work with the Sailing Director to further the overall vision of Greater Lawrence Sailing.
  • Be a role model for team members and other coaching staff.
  • Enforce good sportsmanship as well as the general policies of GLS and the GLCBP.
  • Work with local area schools and youth programs to promote the program and increase participation.
  • Provide occasional boat maintenance as needed/directed.
  • Attend events, functions, and meetings as directed.
  • Any other team-related duty/job as needed and deemed appropriate.

Job Requirements
- Must have advanced knowledge of racing, C420, and Sunfish operation.
- Knowledge of race-day procedures and etiquette for home and away regattas.
- Knowledge and experience in operating a small (8-16ft) power boat including safe operation around people, towing, and recovery operations.
- Knowledge and experience in boat/person recovery options.
- Knowledge in small boat repair as well as rigging repair and running.
- Proven ability to drive a pickup truck and 25+’ trailer as well as passenger van safely.
- Knowledge of the RRS.
- Good communication, flexibility, enthusiasm, drive, and passion.
- Preferred past experience in high school/collegiate sailing programs.

- US Sailing Level 1 Instructor
- US Sailing SafeSport Certification
- American Red Cross (or equivalent) CPR and First Aid (will provide)
- Massachusetts EP (or equivalent) boating safety certificate
- Valid drivers license

Must pass:
- Criminal Offender Record Information Check (CORI)
- Sex Offender Registry Information Check (SORI)
- Random drug screening if deemed necessary
Special considerations:
- Must be able to swim/tread water for several minutes.
- Must be able to reach, bend, twist, stand, and sit for long periods of time.
- Must be able to safely lift at least 50lbs.
- Must be able to work in both indoor and outdoor (on the water and land) environments.
- Must be able to work/walk comfortably on small boats (sail and power).
David Morton
1 Eaton Street
Lawrence MA 01843
United States
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