Louisville Head Coach Arthur Albiero Gets New Contract with $50,000 Raise

The University of Louisville Athletic Association Board of Directors approved new contract terms for head swimming coach Arthur Albiero last week. The new contract, which takes effect July 1, 2019, is a 7-year rolling deal that includes a $50,000 raise for Albiero on his base salary. According to public records, his prior base salary was $200,000 per year, which lifts his new annual salary to $250,000.

This is in addition to bonus tied to top 5/10/25 finishes at the NCAA Championships, ACC Championships and Coach of the Year honors, APR excellence among other possible accomplishments.

“Arthur has built an incredible program, taking the program from not-so-great to having consistent success, including coaching the women to a fourth place finish in the NCAA and the men to a fifth place for another great team finish last year. It was another way to look at his contract so that he hopefully will end his career here at Louisville.  We extended it and time-framed it. He and I talked about if a year ago, about how to get it done. This contract lets him know we want for him for the rest of his career.”

Albiero has been the program’s head coach for 17 years and has built Louisville into a national powerhouse. In 2019, they became the first ACC program in history to have both its men’s and women’s teams finish among the top 5 in the team standings. That included a program-best 4th-place finish by the women including 2 NCAA event titles for then-senior Mallory Comerford. For the Louisville women, their 4th-place finish was a 5th-straight top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships, while the Louisville men have been in the top 15 at NCAAs for each of the last 8 seasons.

In his time, the team has won 4 men’s and 8 women’s NCAA event championships. Comerford won 4, Kelsi Worrell won 4 (including NCAA Record-setting swims in the 100 and 200 yard fly), Joao de Lucca won the 200 free in 2013 and the 100 and 200 free in 2014, and Carlos Almeida won the 200 breast in 2013.

Albiero’s son Nicolas is a junior on the Louisville team, while his daughter Gabi will be a freshman in the fall of 2020.

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1 year ago

Well deserved!

1 year ago

So very deserved.

1 year ago

Fantastic! Congrats!

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Pay da man.

1 year ago

I like to see a swim coach make decent money. Depressing when a college coach makes 36k a year! Arthur deserves this too. He has had a lot of success building that program and making good swimmers great.

1 year ago

Best coach and coaching staff in the country

Reply to  CardsFan
1 year ago

one of the best programs ….

Texas swims in a short pool
Reply to  CardsFan
1 year ago

other teams would strongly disagree!

ACC fan
1 year ago

I understand Swimming is a non revenue sport but these top performing coaches covering combined programs deserve 500k and up a year. They lead double the swimmers and staff and are over worked. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe I read Carol Capitani at Texas, coaching a single program makes, a base of 264k. Compared to what basketball and football (even assistants) make 250k is a too little. Glad Authur got a raise, he’s a great coach and an even better person. How about a more flattering picture of him Braden? 😉

Texas swims In a short pool
Reply to  ACC fan
1 year ago

Unfortunately that’s about as flattering of a photo as you can find

1 year ago

Great coach and true gentleman. Well deserved.

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