University of Louisville Magazine

SUM 2018

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32 UOFLMAGAZINE.COM UOFLMAGAZINE.COM L ouisville has long been synonymous with basketball thanks to players like Wes Unseld, Darrell Griffith and Pervis Ellison. One could even make the argument that UofL is a football school, boasting legends including Johnny Unitas, Teddy Bridgewater and Lamar Jackson. While UofL swimming may not have the same deep his- tory, the program's trajectory is indeed on a similar path. In the past four years alone, UofL has crowned three NCAA champions in the pool — Joao De Lucca, Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford. The team also features young up-and-comers, like Nick Albiero, son of head coach Arthur Albiero. Much like UofL's team, the father-son duo are making waves in the ACC and around the world. This past year, Nick represented the USA World Junior Team, where he earned a silver medal. His dad was selected to lead the U.S. as head coach at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in August in Tokyo. The rise of UofL swimming can be traced back to about 15 years ago, when Arthur Albiero moved his young family to Louisville, a city he had not stepped foot in prior. Arthur him- self was a college swimmer, winning the Division II NCAA title in the 200 individual medley for Oakland University, where he met his wife, Amy, who also swam. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Albieros catch the attention of the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships Arthur and Nick Albiero at the Ralph R. Wright Natatorium. Nick Albiero in the pool. C hris Mack, whose teams have participated in the NCAA Tournament in eight of his nine seasons as a head coach, is the latest head coach of the University of Louisville men's basketball team. Mack will be just the fourth head coach to guide the Cardinals in the last 48 years, following Denny Crum (1971-2001), Rick Pitino (2001-17) and David Padgett (2017-18). Mack is the 21st head coach in Louisville's 104- year history and the seventh in the past 73 years. In nine seasons as the head coach at Xavier University, Mack guided the Musketeers to a 215-97 record and eight NCAA Tournament appearances (the last five straight years), including reaching the Sweet 16 on four occasions and the Elite Eight in 2017. His teams won or shared three conference regular season championships while compiling a 105-49 league record over nine seasons in the Big East and Atlantic 10. His 2017-18 squad achieved a 29-6 record, won Xavier's first Big East Conference regular season championship and earned the school's first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Mack was honored as the 2018 Big East Coach of the Year, NABC District 5 Coach of the Year, and he became the all-time coaching wins leader for the Musketeers. Xavier finished third in the final Associated Press poll — its highest ever ranking — and this year's team was one short of the school record for victories. Among active coaches, Mack's .689 winning percentage as a head coach ranks him 19th in the nation and his 215 victories are tied for the 11th most amassed by a coach in their first nine seasons. Mack, 48, is a 1992 Xavier graduate with a degree in communication arts. He was a two-time team captain as a player at Xavier. He and his wife, Christi, have two daughters, Lainee (12) and Hailee (11), and a son, Brayden (3). The couple created the Mack Family Foundation in 2016, a family-centered foundation whose mission is to serve, inspire and aid less fortunate children. PHOTOS BY JEFF REINKING/LOUISVILLE ATHLETICS Mack takes the helm PHOTO BY JEFF REINKING/LOUISVILLE ATHLETICS

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