University of Louisville Magazine

SUM 2018

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33 SUMMER 2018 SUMMER 2018 33 33 SUMMER 2018 After college, the Albieros headed to Kenyon College in Ohio, where Arthur was hired as a graduate assistant under swimming giant Jim Steen. Under Steen, Kenyon College won 31 consecu- tive NCAA DIII national championships. No other program in any sport or divi- sion has come close to this feat. "I called it the Jim Steen accelerated learning program. At that time, I wasn't sure if coaching would be a career, but I knew I invested a lot of time and energy into the sport and it would be silly to put it in a box and put it away," Arthur said. He spent three years learning the ins and outs of Steen's program before moving on as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama. "I knew if I was going to coach, I wanted to coach DI. That's where the best of the best are. The biggest shock was for me to go from Kenyon to Ala- bama. There's something powerful to be said about a winning culture. You can't quantify it, but you can see it and you can feel it and you certainly know if you don't have it. Alabama did not have it," Arthur said. By his fourth year in Tuscaloosa, the culture started to change. Three swim- mers went onto the Olympics. After that fourth year, an opportunity to coach at Louisville came up. At the time, UofL's program had less than four full scholarships on the men's side (the limit is 14), one assistant coach and the six-lane, dated Crawford Pool. Arthur was excited about the idea of building something from the ground up. With Arthur Albiero at the helm, UofL has gone from the bottom of Con- ference USA to the top of the Big East to the top of the ACC. This year, both the men's and women's teams finished in the top 10 in the country. Arthur was named ACC Coach of the Year. Nick was named ACC Freshman of the Year. "I did not see that coming. I knew he was going to get better and I knew he was going to have a great expe- rience based on his personality. He delivered exactly what we talked about," Arthur said. Nick, who followed big brother Este- fan's footsteps to swim for UofL, said he also was surprised. Though he likes to keep his swimming goals private, he said his main focus is to keep getting a little bit better every day. "My focus is simply enjoying the pro- cess, having fun, working hard, and whatever happens in the future hap- pens," Nick said.

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