Head Coach, Skeleton

The Head Coach, Skeleton will develop and coordinate recruitment, development and provincial programs for Whistler Sport Legacies (WSL) at the Whistler Sliding Centre (WSC). Reporting directly to the Manager, Sport to coordinate sport program delivery. The primary program focus is to deliver on WSL, provincial, and national objectives as determined by the organization and other sport stakeholders. This winter season full time role requires flexibility to assist the team with other activities or initiatives, including the requirement to be available evenings and weekends as required.


  • Provide sport specific coaching expertise to all affiliated groups and coaches
  • Manage the training of sliding athletes as required to meet program targets
  • Develop and deliver skeleton sport programs with WSL and other sport stakeholders in accordance with organizational, provincial and international standards
  • Coordinate delivery and support of effective training and competition plans for provincial and development skeleton athletes
  • Monitor and review athlete performance, and coordinate the provision of feedback to athletes for improvement
  • Provide logistic and technical support, as well as mentoring to all skeleton athletes
  • Ensure the welfare of the athletes is maintained by making sure they are aware of the support structures available to them, and encourage a harmonious team environment by liaising with all team members and other support staff
  • Understanding that:
    • WSL has the ability to contract Sport Coaches to other stakeholders without additional remuneration
    • Sport Coaches are not at liberty to personally sub-contract their services to any stakeholder without prior permission
  • Identify, prepare and ensure safety of equipment and training sites
  • Provide technical experience in the building, preparation, and maintenance of sport equipment
  • Develop and execute an athlete recruitment, retention and development plan for skeleton sport programs in conjunction with the WSC Sport Department
  • Support the delivery of WSC program initiatives, WSL multi-sport programming, and new sport business initiatives
  • Proactively continue to evolve Sliding Sport programs in the Sea to Sky Corridor in conjunction with WSC, WSL and other regional sport partners
  • Ensure effective communication with parents, guests, athletes, coaches, and officials
  • Ensure the effective information flow between the WSC Sport Department, WSC staff, WSC leadership team, other WSL departments, venues, colleagues, volunteers, and contractors
  • Champion and adhere to all WSL corporate policies, procedures, and contribute to the development of WSC policies and procedures
  • Carry out Whistler Sport Legacies’ customer service philosophy AIM:  All Interactions Matter
  • Assist the team with other duties as assigned or required

Leadership and Culture

  • Foster a strong culture of health and safety; work with Human Resources and Safety to ensure that all WorkSafe BC and BC Safety Authority requirements are being met
  • Positive representative of WSL, both internally and externally
  • Take personal accountability and responsibility for actions; take initiative to find creative solutions to problems or issues
  • Lead by modeling WSL values
  • Assist colleagues with other duties as assigned or required
  • Resolve conflicts effectively and efficiently

Position Requirements


  • Minimum 4 years’ experience in coaching the sport of skeleton and participation in the sport of skeleton at an international level required
  • Canadian coaching certification or equivalent experience required
  • Diploma, certificate or degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience required
  • Strong experience and technical understanding of the sport of skeleton required
  • Proven management, supervisory and leadership experience required
  • Demonstrated ability to work with high performance and developmental athletes
  • Demonstrated ability in the use of sports science and sports medicine to assist athlete development
  • Knowledge of sport development required
  • Knowledge of the Long Term Athlete Development Model an asset
  • Technical experience in sled building, preparation and maintenance required
  • Knowledge of the IF structure, requirements, and rules preferred
  • Experience and established relationships with BCS, BCBSA and IBSF an asset
  • Readiness to travel and work domestically and internationally as required, and acknowledge that odd hours of work will be required on various occasions
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s License required with current Driver’s Abstract upon hire
  • Class 4 Driver’s License or Class 4 Unrestricted Driver’s License an asset
  • Satisfactory criminal record check is mandatory prior to commencement of employment


  • Proven leadership skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively: written and verbal
  • Possess critical thinking and reflective thinking skills
  • Ability to fit in with, interact, and form effective working relationships with various groups and stakeholders, including the public, athletes, parents, officials, coaches, co-workers, the general public, volunteers, sport groups, and organizations
  • Ability to safely develop and progress athletes start height up-track
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to manage crises in a calm and orderly manner and to exercise sound judgement, observe confidentiality, use discretion, and initiative
  • Ability to foster trust and respect from the athletes in both sporting and personal aspects of their lives
  • Ability to assess and manage risk as it relates to athlete skill, athlete fitness, equipment, track difficulty and track conditions
  • Take personal accountability and responsibility for actions; take initiative to find creative solutions to problems or issues
  • Flexible and adaptable to work efficiently in variety of settings
  • Willingness to assist other team members (perhaps outside the department) as needed and requested
  • Ability to express the needs of sport to all stakeholders is essential
  • Passion for exceptional customer service is essential
  • Self-directed entrepreneurial spirit is essential

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions for extended periods of time
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift 50lbs


  • Fluency in English required
  • Fluency in French an asset

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