John Carroll Removed As Head Coach Of Jersey Wahoos

The Jersey Wahoos have removed longtime head coach John Carroll from his duties effective immediately, posting a statement on their website.

The statement, which didn’t mention Carroll by name, states the board has initiated a national search for a new Director of Competitive Swimming, and that Karen Clemens will take over that role in the interim. Clemens has been with the team since 1981, and most recently was the assistant of the Junior A-1 group and was the coordinator of the Safe Sport program.

The statement also states they plan to have a new director in place by the end of the summer, and that they’ve hired Ed Abele as their new Director of Business Development. Abele will be “restructuring the business side” of the Wahoos, and has worked closely with the team’s staff over the last few months, per the statement from Club President Brad Glenn.

This abruptly ends Carroll’s time with the team he has been with for 40 years. Starting out in 1978, he became the head coach of the Senior A1 program and the Wahoos’ full-time facilities manager in 1987. He was twice named Middle Atlantic Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1992.

The Wahoos are based in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Update: John Carroll has released a statement after his separation from the club.

I would like to thank all of the coaches, parents and swimmers with whom I have had the pleasure of working with over the past 40 years at Jersey Wahoos.  Coaching has never been a job for me – it is my passion.

I am saddened by the way the new Board of Directors released me from coaching our senior swimmers during such a critical time in their long course season. Top priority should have been given to our dedicated athletes.

To be clear, there was no wrong-doing on my part in any non-coaching related reasons which led to my release.

The reason I have coached the National Team at Jersey Wahoos for over 30 years was not only to help coach the best team in South Jersey/Middle Atlantic, but to help create young men and women of good character.  Having received such an outpouring of support, with so many touching messages, in the past three days from coaches, swimmers and alumni – I truly believe this is the case.

I hope to continue pursuing this passion of mine in the very near future.  Stay tuned for the next chapter!

Yours in swimming,

John Carroll

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Well this is interesting


More like disgusting! Great coach, where ever he lands swimmers will benefit. These fickle parent boards where everyone thinks their an expert!

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So many parents and swimmers owe thanks to John for all of his dedication and leadership in helping mold student athletes to reach their lofty goals in college placement and careers post graduation. The structure and work ethic that he taught my boys was second to none. To be able to reach young athletes year after year and to continually see these swimmers land at top colleges nationally is a great tribute to his leadership both in and out of the pool.
John, thanks so much for all you have done for so many student athletes

Owen Burns

Ditto Neil and thank you John. Huge mistake made by Jersey Wahoos. Helicopter parents with no knowledge or regard for what John has done for the sport of swimming have just kicked a living legend to the curb. Take a look at the colleges JW athletes have committed to under John and tell me this isnt a bonehead move. Best of luck to John and family.


I don’t know if the coach has lost his touch or if the board has lost their minds, anybody who spends 40 years growing a swim community deserves to leave with a lot more thanks and respect.

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