Karin Olmsted is in her ninth season as assistant coach to the University of Louisville swimming and diving team.
"Karin has a wealth of experience in the highest levels of competition. She has coached a number of NCAA All-Americans and NCAA Champions," said Albiero, . "Among her strengths are her personality, her work ethic and her attention to detail which fits in perfectly with my philosophy."
Under Albiero's concept of a team coaching approach, she is involved in many facets of the program which entails many of the administrative and oversight duties for both the men's and women's teams, as well as coaching the distance group and helping out with recruiting and summer camps. In 2009, she accompanied swimmers Amanda Henleben and Shane Lichtenberg to the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships. In the summer of 2010, she went with Riley Martin, this time as a staff member. She was recently named as team manager for the USA Open Water Pan American Games Team.
After graduating from Gettysburg College in 2000, with a degree in both history and management, Olmsted, a native of Denver, Colo., spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Kenyon College. While on staff at Kenyon, the Lords and Ladies won every North Coast Athletic Conference championship contested and two consecutive NCAA titles for both the men and the women in Division III. In all, she has been involved on a coaching staff that has produced a combination of 12 individual NCAA Champions, 19 NCAA Relay Titles and more than 30 All-Americans in her two years coaching at Kenyon College.
Prior to her arrival, Olmsted already had ties to the University of Louisville. She grew up swimming for the same high school and club team as US Olympian Amy VanDyken, who competed under U of L athletic director Tom Jurich during his tenure at Colorado State. In addition, Olmsted's previous coaching experience was similar to Albiero's in that both have coached at the perennial Division III powerhouse.
During her own collegiate swimming career, Olmsted posted 16 NCAA Division III Centennial Conference individual and relay championship titles. She was named an All-American and team captain her senior year. Olmsted was a member of four conference and three NCAA teams for Gettysburg.
"I joined this staff and this team because I truly believe that there is something special here at Louisville," said Olmsted. "Life is full of opportunities and I just couldn't pass this one by."