Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Amy Albiero Head Coach

Amy Albiero, a member of the Oakland University Athletic Hall of Fame after a stellar collegiate swimming career at Oakland University, is co-owner and co-head coach of Cardinal Aquatics.

One of the most outstanding female swimmers in the history of the Oakland University program, Albiero is among the elite nationwide in her sport. While at OU, she earned 27 all-American honors, was a 12-time national champion, the 1992 NCAA Division II Swimmer of the Year and was an NCAA record holder in three events.

Albiero was a member of four NCAA Championship teams during her four-year career at Oakland -- 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994. Individually she was a five-time champion, winning three titles in the 100-yard backstroke and one each in the 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley.

The Bellville, Ohio native set the NCAA Division II record in the 100-yard backstroke (55.49),which still stands to this day, and was a part of the record setting 200-yard medley and freestyle relays. Albiero also holds the school records in the 100-yard backstroke (55.49), the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.26) and the 200 individual medley (2:05.99). She was also a part of the school record setting 200 and 400-yard medley relays and 200-yard freestyle relay.

A psychology (exercise science) major, Albiero graduated from Oakland University in 1995 with a bachelors degree in Arts and Sciences. Albiero is married to University of Louisville's head swimming and diving coach Arthur Albiero. They have three children: Estefan, Nicolas and Gabriela.

Arthur Albiero Volunteer Coach

Arthur Albiero, current Head Coach of the University of Louisville, is also one of our Volunteer Coaches. He is married to current Cardinal Aquatics Head Coach Amy Albiero and has had three children grow up through the program: Estefan, Nicolas, and Gabriela.

Coach Arthur's success at the collegiate level has recently named him one of the Top 100 coaches in the past 100 years by the CSCAA.

Colin Faris Senior/National Coach

Coach Colin comes to Cardinal Aquatics from Excel Aquatics in Brentwood, TN. He left the program as their Associate Head Coach, working primarily with their High Performance & Senior groups. Prior to Excel, Colin coached in KY with the Lexington Dolphins and High School with Henry Clay and Madison Central.

While in TN, Coach Colin coached multiple Top 20 Nationally ranked swimmers, USA Junior National finalists, USA Futures finalists, NCSA Jr qualifiers and finalists, ESSZ Age Group Sectional qualifiers and champions, and Southeastern qualifiers and champions. At the LSC level, Colin coached multiple Age Group Zone teams as well as served as the Camps Chair and Secretary. At the Zone level, Colin was an assistant coach/manager for the 2017 Southern Zone Select Camp held at the University of Louisville.

Colin is a graduate from the University of Kentucky where he swam and was an NCAA All American Honorable Mention on the 200 Free Relay. He also qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 50m Freestyle.

Will Baumgardner Assistant Coach

Coach Will returns to Cardinal Aquatics after a brief hiatus in the corporate world. Will works primarily with our Senior/National group as well as Age Group Elite. Will is Cardinal Aquatics' dryland coordinator, working with SwimStrong Dryland. A graduate of the University of Louisville, Will swam as an age grouper for Wildcat Aquatics (now Kentucky Aquatics) as well as Lexington Dolphins.

Coach Will's best stroke is breaststroke and enjoys seeing swimmers set big goals and watching them crush it after months of hard work. His favorite advice is "Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world." - David McCullough Jr

Nathan Covello Pre Senior Coach

Coach Nathan leads the Pre Senior group after recently finishing swimming for Cardinal Aquatics. A native of Tucson, AZ, Nathan is a recent graduate of the University of Louisville and pursuing medical school in the fall! His hobbies include working out and taking care of his dog Willow.

Coach Nathan also is a Senior/National assistant.

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