We’re hiring! The Edmonton Riptides Water Polo Club is looking for a Head Coach to join our team starting June 2022. The successful applicant will be a self-starter who has a strong work ethic, passion for youth sports and extensive water polo resume. Riptides offers an exciting club culture and the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our athletes. As the Head Coach, you will work closely with the Riptides Executive Board. This is a part-time position that can be paired with either of the following roles to become a full-time position:



The Edmonton Riptides Water Polo Club was founded in 2020 as a result of the continuously growing membership of the Edmonton Tsunami Water Polo Club. During this club split, Tsunami transitioned to become fully-focused on high performance opportunities for athletes 13 and older and Riptides took over grassroots recruitment and development for athletes ages 5-14. The two clubs have continued to be closely intertwined with mutual support and advantages coming to both clubs as a result of this strong partnership.


At Riptides our mission is to provide a fun atmosphere that encourages the development of future high performance water polo athletes. We guide our club through the values of growth, attitude, respect, integrity, dedication, tradition, team and passion. Join the momentum at Riptides as we find creative and innovative ways to expand and promote the sport of water polo in Alberta’s capital region!


Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the General Manager to develop and implement all club programming to achieve both long and short-term goals for the club, teams and athletes. 

  • Manage and continue to develop the Riptides coaching team and emphasize professional development not only for themselves, but for all coaches under their leadership.

  • 8+ hours of weekly on-deck coaching working directly with Riptides athletes on technical and tactical skills. The ideal candidate should have a positive, organized, compassionate and fun coaching style which will set the tone for all coaches at the club.

  • Attend most, if not all, Riptides tournament/game events. This will include roughly eight Provincial League (travel expenses covered by the club) and six City League weekends each season.

  • Work with the General Manager to create and implement an ambitious recruitment strategy which works to continually bring new athletes to the sport.

  • Work with the General Manager to coordinate team registration (Edmonton City League, Alberta Provincial League and other tournaments), roster submission and event logistics for all tournaments.

  • Work with the General Manager to manage club communication platforms and social media accounts and marketing initiatives to create an active digital footprint which promotes the club, celebrates athlete/team success, engages the community, and recruits athletes to Riptides.

  • Work with local clubs to foster strong club relationships which support the growth of water polo in Edmonton, Alberta and Canada.

  • Assist the General Manager and Executive Board in coordinating club social activities which may include but are not limited to alumni games, start of season kick-off, team holiday parties, tournament hosting, year-end awards celebration, and the AGM.

  • Support the board and general manager with tasks as they arise and attend monthly board meetings.



  • Minimum of 2+ years experience in water polo coaching and team management. Successful candidates must possess a thorough knowledge of the rules, regulations, strategies, and techniques of water polo.

  • Minimum NCCP certification at the Competitive Coach level, or willingness to complete all Water Polo Canada coaching requirements ASAP. 

  • National Team, NCAA, Provincial Team, or international experience as a coach/athlete considered an asset.

  • University degree(s) or diploma in sports management, business, marketing, communications, leadership, or related field considered an asset.

  • Comfort with different digital systems such as WordPress, TeamSnap, RAMP, Quickbooks, social media platforms, Google Accounts, etc. is considered an asset.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills for a variety of platforms and audiences.


The ideal candidate:

  • Is familiar with the Edmonton water polo landscape and Riptides club history. A strong understanding of the Alberta and Canadian water polo landscape is important for this role.

  • Is creative and innovative in developing unique ways to grow the Edmonton water polo community and establish a strong club culture. The ideal candidate is dedicated to the Edmonton Riptides mission and is passionate about water polo, sport and youth athletics.

  • Demonstrates exceptional interpersonal skills and is able to interact positively and build strong relationships with athletes, coaches, officials, parents, volunteers and AWPA/WPC representatives.

  • Is a self-starter with program management, time management, and strong organizational skills and has the ability to think strategically and take all perspectives into consideration when making decisions.

  • Can manage competing priorities in a high-volume and time-sensitive environment.

  • Demonstrates resourcefulness and independence, but also successful working in a highly collaborative team environment.

  • Is available to work evenings and weekends in order to attend team training and is able to travel for competition events.


What Riptides offers:

  • Flexible hybrid work model with the opportunity to work from home for administrative tasks and be in-person for meetings, coaching sessions and tournaments.

  • Generous personal development hours and budget.

  • A competitive salary commensurate with experience.

  • Health/wellness benefits and matching RRSP contributions in a multi-year contract for those looking to stack this position with the Tsunami Head Coach role or General Manager role to create a full-time position.

  • A work culture that values collaboration, respect and innovation.


Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter outlining why you think you are the right candidate for this position, along with a resume and three references. Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

Closing date: April 17, 2022 (Qualified applicants will be contacted via email).

Position start date: Tentatively June 1, however this is flexible.

Interviews: Qualified applicants will be contacted via email for interviews.

To apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter here

We thank all who apply; only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted.

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