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JP Merchant


The Low-Down on JP Merchant

JP grew up swimming in Southeast Michigan, where he swam for Orchard Valley Swim & Racquet Club; Birmingham-Bloomfield Atlantis; and Detroit Catholic Central. After high school he attended John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he studied Economics and Philosophy as well as continuing his swimming career.

While at JCU, JP was part of three Conference Championships Teams and co-captain sophomore, junior, and senior year.

What He Coaches

Without Limits Swim Session, Cycling

Guilty Pleasure

Sour Patch Kids, Good beer, Bad TV

Top Songs on his Playlist

Beastie Boys, Mumford and Sons, Sister Hazel

Qualities JP Admires In His Students

“Taking the crazy I bring to practice and making something useful out of it.”

Coaching Experience

Jenrow Swim America (1995 – 1998)
Head Coach for Cleveland Skating Club (1999)
Assistant Swim & Dive Coach for Bethany College (2001 – 2003)
Head Age Group Coach and Lead Swim Instructor for Sports Club Swimming (2003)
Head Coach and Swim School Director for Sports Club Swimming (2004 – 20012)
Camp Counselor for Wolverine Swim Camp at the University of Michigan (2002 – 2012)

Certified Elite Swimming Coach JP Merchant

Wilmington, NC

Education & Experience

  • Detroit Catholic Central High School
  • John Carroll University
  • Assistant Swim / Dive / XC Coach – Bethany College
  • Head Swim Coach – Sports Club of West Bloomfield
  • Learn to Swim Director – Sports Club of West Bloomfield
  • Assistant Coach – Wolverine Swim Camp
  • Lead Silver / Wavers 3 Coach – Waves of Wilmington


  • Multiple former swimmers continuing to swim in college
  • Multiple age group State Champions
  • Age Group Sectional Champions
  • Michigan Swimming Zone Team Coach
  • North Carolina Zone Team Coach
  • NC Select Camp Coach
  • NC IMX Camp Coach
  • OAC Swimmer of the Year

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