The VRG Head Coach is responsible for the management, development, and execution
of VRG’s Competitive Team practices for the PNW region. Team practices occur in the
open gym environment, and the Team Head Coach must demonstrate the ability to work
hand in hand with gym operators, ensuring positive interactions between gym patrons
and team members. This leadership position will require extensive hands-on coaching,
customer service, and a spirit of dedication and excellence that inspires coaches and
participants to want to better themselves as both people and climbers. VRG Team
Coaches represent the apex of our coaching workforce, acting as ambassadors for our
company and role models for our climbers. This management position reports to the
Leadership & Development
● Develop comprehensive training schedules for the youth climbing team.
● Develop climber assessments & support team athletes in their individual
● Drive athlete discipline, good citizenship and adherence to the Code of Conduct
● Accept in-gym feedback from employees and customers on athlete behavior and
citizenship, and adjust behavior where necessary.
● Lead by example during scheduled practices and comps, and promote a
productive and positive team culture.
● Provide oversight and direction for the Assistant Coach (if applicable).
Communication, Professionalism & Accountability
● Be a positive and active role model in the climbing and Valley Rock Gym
● Communicate regularly with the General Manager and Head Route Setter on
competitive team matters, including practice schedule, team facility needs, and
● Communicate with Team parents regarding schedules, practice goals, outcomes,
and individual climber feedback.
● Maintain a positive and safety conscious environment for team members,
customers, guests, and employees.
● Tactfully address safety concerns and mentor assistant coaches and climbing
instructors to do the same.
● Report concerns to the Director of Operations and General Manager as
● Lead practices and brief all team coaches on practice schedules & goals.
● Consistent communication to team and parents about practice schedule,
highlights, upcoming events, registration, competitions, travel, etc.
● Route setting for team-specific needs, especially leading up to National and
● Work with the Director of Operations and General Manager to hire new coaching
staff as needed.
● Coach, mentor, and develop team coaches through regular ongoing training and
feedback. Ensure coaching staff are well trained on curriculum and policies.
● Assist coaches in USAC registration and certification.
● Run team tryouts and provide feedback to candidates about results.
● Onboard and offboard athletes accordingly.
● Intermittently search for potential new team athletes from within Youth Programs
practices and other youth functions in the facility.
● A sophisticated understanding of higher performance climbing movement and
● Progressive knowledge of competition strategy and tactics in any USAC or IFSC
● In-depth understanding of USAC regulations and rules.
● Cutting edge knowledge of fundamental physiological principles that influence
● Ability to apply youth training principles and theory with sophistication.
● Ability to identify, monitor, and action plan to address wide
Environmental and Physical Demands
● Comfortable working in a loud, high energy environment on a regular basis
● Comfortable working at height, moving up and down a climbing wall safely
● Continuously stand and walk on unstable and uneven surfaces for long periods
● Able to repeatedly lift, move, and carry up to 50 lbs of weight on a regular basis
● Able to balance, kneel, pull, push, and grasp objects on a regular basis
● Have the visual acuity to assess fine details
About Valley Rock Gym
Climbing changes lives. Because climbing changes lives, climbing changes communities. Our goal is to create a space where people of all ages, identities and abilities can come to socialize, learn, move and grow - as climbers and as individuals.