The USMS Coach Mentor Program brings together Masters coaches requesting assistance in the development of their Masters coaching career with experienced Masters coaches willing to serve as mentor coaches.


Masters coaches provide leadership services at the club level to grow and retain members. They lead their programs on and off the pool deck and provide the cohesive bond that successful Masters programs need to flourish. Many of our coaches are new to the Masters coaching ranks and are asked to lead these programs with little or no Masters coaching experience. USMS provides classroom and on-deck educational opportunities for coaches, as well as support via phone and email. In addition, the USMS Coach Mentor Program provides in-depth and on-site practical experience to the mentee coach, for the purpose of advancing their coaching capabilities, facilitating the growth of their membership and providing more enhanced benefits to the members swimming in the programs.


If you are interested in becoming a USMS mentor coach, you must meet the following criteria and apply before June 15th, 2022:


Mentor Coach Criteria

  • 5 years minimum USMS coaching experience
  • Coaching at a 2022 USMS designated Gold Club
  • USMS-certified Masters coach, Level 3 or higher
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Expertise in the following areas:
    • Building and maintaining membership of a Masters program
    • Hosting swim meets, clinics or open water events
    • Working with triathletes or open water swimmers
    • Coaching competitive swimmers
    • Creating workouts for athletes of varying ability levels
    • Budgeting 
  • Completed Mentor Coach application, including excellent references

Accepted Mentor Coaches will be notified by the end of July.


If you are interested in becoming a USMS mentee coach, you must meet the following criteria and apply between June 15 - August 31, 2022:


Mentee Coach Criteria

  • Current membership with USMS
  • Program and coach are in good standing with USMS
  • 1-year minimum of USMS coaching experience
  • Must be a head coach or assistant coach with significant responsibilities at a 2022 USMS registered club or workout group
  • USMS-certified Masters coach, Level 1 or higher
  • Able to demonstrate a clear commitment to participate in the mentoring program
  • Completed Mentee Coach application, including excellent references


Financial assistance available for qualified coaches – for more information, please contact