Jan Prins, Ph.D.


Jan Prins has been involved with swimming for over 50 years.  His primary focus is assisting Competitive & Masters Swimmers, and Triathletes in improving their swimming stroke mechanics.  

He was the Head Assistant Coach under the legendary "Doc Counsilman" at Indiana University, during which time he received his Ph.D. in Human Performance (1974 to 1978).

He then served as Head Men’s Swimming Coach at the University of Hawaii (1978 to 1987).  During his tenure his teams placed in the “top 20” at the NCAA “Division I” Championships, and in the “top 10” at the USS Senior Indoor Championships.  He was the coach for Sri Lanka in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul.  

He was a member of the United States Paralympic Swimming coaching staff at the 1992 Paralympic Games, the 1994 World Paralympic Games, and worked with the United States Armed Services Wounded Warrior Program.  He was on the coaching staff of the United States Team at the inaugural “Invictus Games,” held in London, U.K. (2014).

Academics & Research

Jan Prins is currently a member of the Faculty at the University of Hawaii, and is the Founder and Director of the Aquatic Research Laboratory, and teaches Sports Biomechanics.  

He is also the Director of Swimming Biomechanics, Inc., a private company, whose focus is the dissemination of research related to swimming stroke mechanics.  

For the past 18 years, he has been involved with unique research, using multiple high-speed video cameras and motion-capture software to analyze the stroke mechanics of elite swimmers. 

Data has been collected from a wide range of competitive swimmers, including Olympic Gold Medalists, FINA World Swimming Champions, and former World Record Holders. He has presented his research at National and International Biomechanics and Swimming Conferences, including the ASCA World Swim Coaches’ Clinics.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Swimming Research, a publication sponsored by the American Swimming Coaches’ Association.