Cardinal swimming and diving has the perfect combination of visionary and architect in head coach Arthur Albiero. Since August of 2003, he has served as head swimming coach at the University of Louisville, Albiero has engineered the emergence of the Cards’ into both the national and international spotlight. A Brazilian by birth and holding dual American citizenship, Albiero was named to the USA National Team’s coach staff for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
In 2017-18, Albiero carried momentum into another stellar year that saw him being named a FINA World Championships Assistant Women's Coach and Team USA's head coaches at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships for the American women where they won seven gold medals and 22 overall.
Stephanie Juncker has been on the Cardinal staff as an assistant coach and women’s recruiting coordinator for the University of Louisville swimming and diving team since May of 2014.
Juncker, a former captain of the UofL swimming and diving team from 2008-12, returned to Louisville after spending a year at the University of Arkansas as the swimming and diving team's graduate assistant director of operations.
"We were thrilled to welcome Stephanie back home to the Cardinal Swimming and Diving Family. I believe she is the perfect fit for our staff," said Albiero. "She experienced tremendous success as a student-athlete and team leader during her career as an UofL student-athlete. She was elected Senior Co-Captain by her peers, and she graduated from our program as one of the most respected individuals I have worked with in my 18 years of college coaching experience. She is the definition of Cardinal Pride and as a product of our program, she is a great representation of what UofL Swimming and Diving is about: passion, hard work, and the constant quest for improvement."
Assistant Coach, Men's Recruiting Coordinator
Vladislav Polyakov, a former three-time Olympian, World Champion and NCAA Champion,has been a member of the University of Louisville swimming and diving staff and men’s recruiting coordinator since September of 2012..
“Vlad fit everything we were looking for in a new coach for our program. He brought tremendous energy to our program,” said Albiero. “His experiences as world-class athlete adds to our already experienced coaching staff. His resume speaks for itself, but more importantly, he is a humble guy with a fantastic work ethic. I had the privilege to coach him at the beginning of his collegiate career, and I am excited to work with him again. He is well respected in swimming circles in the US and worldwide, and his drive to pursue high level excellence fits in perfectly with our program philosophy. He will connect well with all of our student-athletes.”
Chris Lindauer, a three-time University of Louisville All-American, has been with the Cardinals as an assistant coach for the U of L swim team since August of 2009.
“As we went through the process of finding the right person to add to our coaching staff, it was very clear to me we needed a person who would cherish and value team pride more than ever. Someone who would be `hungry’ to make a difference. Our search led us to Chris,” said Arthur Albiero, UofL head coach.“Chris is Cardinal Pride personified. He learned much during his time as a student-athlete at U of L and his passion for high level performance had a significant impact on the team’s success. During the interview process, he stated `there is college swimming...and then there is Louisville Swimming’.”
Former Cardinal and four-time All-American Kameron Chastain has been an assistant swim coach for his alma mater since May of 2015.
"After an extensive national search, I am thrilled Kameron Chastain has joined our staff. He is a perfect fit for our program and coaching staff, said Albiero. “As a UofL grad and former team captain, he brings his passion for the sport and his Cardinal Pride to our program. As a volunteer coach on our staff this past season, he learned valuable experience and in many ways, this was a natural move. He understand ‘the UofL way’ of doing things. As good of a coach I believe he is, he is a better man.”
Ryan Rougeux was named as head diving coach at the University of Louisville in June of 2018 after acting as interim coach for the 2017-18 season.
“I am thrilled to have Ryan Rougeux lead our diving program to continued new levels,” said Arthur Albiero, UofL head swim coach. “Ryan is obviously no stranger to our program, as he did a remarkable job of stepping into the role of Interim Diving Coach. Ryan’s work ethic was impactful right away, and his ability to elevate expectations daily within our diving program was clearly noticed by staff and administration. Passion and Cardinal Pride have been a huge catalysts for our growth and improvement as a program in the past 15 years and Ryan clearly brings both of those attributes to our program. I am excited to work closely with Ryan as we continue to strive for the highest level of excellence for UofL Swimming and UofL Diving.”
Stefan Lackner in on his first season as a member of the coaching staff at the University of Louisville. He acts as Volunteer Coach for the Cardinals and as the Event Coordinator for the Derby Pro Swim Meet.
He spent the last three years as recruiting coordinator for Delta State University swimming and diving after previously being a member of the team. During his time at Delta State, he was a three time NCAA finalist and was a three time All- American. As a coach, he helped the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen to win three conference trophies. He also coached 35 athletes over the last two seasons to Division II nationals for the best finish for the Lady Statesmen in program history. The women finished ninth last year 9th and the men were 11th at the Division II NCAA in Indianapolis, Ind. Overall, there were 40 school, conference and pool records broken in the past two years.
Volunteer Diving Coach