Paul Merritt recently completed his 20th season working with the Black Knight wrestling program, and his fourth as Director of Operations.
A 1982 graduate and former wrestler at West Point, Merritt has been working with the Army wrestling team since he returned to his alma mater in 1990 as a member of the USMA faculty. Following his teaching tour at West Point, he accepted a position with the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) at West Point and became a volunteer coach for the team.
In his duties as Director of Operations, Merritt serves as the director for home tournaments and oversees the team sponsorship program. He also takes many of the younger team members to additional wrestling competitions while the varsity squad is competing elsewhere.
Merritt was a project manager for DPW at West Point from 1993-2006. He managed many of the major renovation and new construction projects completed over the past 10 years, including the home of Army wrestling, the Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center. He is currently the engineer for West Point's Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) program and oversees the maintenance, renovation and construction of housing at West Point.
Merritt is a Colonel in the Army Reserves and is assigned to West Point Admissions. He assists the Military Academy Liaison Officer (MALO) conference and the Summer Leaders Seminar (SLS) each year.
Merritt and his wife, Beth, reside in Cornwall, N.Y.