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Thursday, August 3, 2023

Getting to Know the Coaches: Swim and Dive -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Getting to Know the Coaches: Swim and Dive

We're back in action with getting to know the coaching staffs of our various Louisville women's teams. The fall only sports are gone but a few sports run through multiple seasons, such as the swimming and diving season, which begins late in the fall and runs through early March.

Arthur Albiero, head coach

Arthur Albiero has overseen the Louisville swim and dive program for 20 years. He helped the program rise to prominence with several top 10 finishes and a handful of individual national championships such as Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Mallory Comerford. He has also served as the head coach for the Brazilian National Team during this stint.

During his early days as head coach, Albiero played a crucial role in the design and construction of the Ralph Wright Natatorium. The Natatorium continues to be one of the premiere swim facilities in the country for college athletics.

Before coming to Louisville, Albiero was an assistant at Alabama for four years. Before his days with the Crimson Tide, he had a decorated four-year career at Oakland.

Stephanie Juncker, associate head coach

Stephanie Juncker has been with Louisville since 2014 when she was hired as an assistant coach and was promoted to associate head coach in 2011. She has been with the Cards every step of the way in the ACC and has been the women's recruiting coordinator.

Juncker was an assistant coach at Arkansas for one season prior to Louisville and one year at Fresno State before that. She is a Louisville alum, swimming her entire collegiate career under Albiero and earning multiple Big East championships.

Nick Zorn, assistant coach

Nick Zorn is one of the newer faces on the coaching staff, joining Louisville in 2021 during the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic. He came to Louisville from Florida State, where he was an assistant coach for three years.

Zorn was a volunteer assistant at Alabama two years before that. He came to Alabama straight out of college after building a strong resume in his four years as a swimmer at Delta State.

Ryan Rougeux, diving coach

Ryan Rougeux came to Louisville in 2017 as an interim diving coach and was promoted to head diving coach in 2018. Since joining the Cards, the Louisville student-athlete divers have set numerous school records.

He was the head coach at Wright State for three seasons before coming to Louisville. He earned Horizon League honors during that time. Before his time at Wright State, Rougeux was a four-year diver for Centre College in Danville, KY. He also earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Dayton School of Law in 2016.

We've been fortunate to get out to the Natatorium in the past to witness Louisville swimming and diving events and hope to get back out there again this season.

Happy Thursday and Go Cards!

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