Meet the Coach - Amy Albiero
♦ College(s) Attended: Oakland University
♦ Sports: NCAA Div II Swimmer of Year 1992 Best stroke: Backstroke
♦ Church: Southeast Christian Church
♦ Occupation: Owner & Head Coach Cardinal Aquatics
♦ Family: Husband, Arthur; Children; Estefan, Nicolas,
How did you come to CAL? My husband has been the head swim coach at UL for nine years. All of our kids are swimmers. I love CAL and what it has provided for our kids. I thought how can I use the gifts God has given me? Swimming is one of those gifts that I can use as a ministry. Plus, it allows me time to be a part of all three of my kids’ lives.
How do you use swimming to disciple your team? I work with about 200 swimmers at Cardinal Aquatics. That allows me to be a servant and positive influence in our community. At CAL, the fact that I can actually speak in Jesus’ name to these kids is pretty powerful. Swimming is not for wimps. It takes dedication, time management, and commitment. Swimming is a sport, but it is also like life. It’s easy for kids to get discouraged. Swimming has highs that are high and lows that are low. We try to take a Godly perspective about swimming and who we are in Christ and glorify Him in great times and in bad times.
How has God used swimming in your life to draw you closer to Him? When I was younger, I didn’t really swim for God, but more for my own glory. I had put my trust in my accomplishments and those aren’t the things that will hold up in storms. I try to teach my swimmers that swimming doesn’t define them, it is who they are in Christ that does.
Is there a particular verse or book of the Bible you draw from most? Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I also like the book of Proverbs.
What’s your favorite thing about being a swim coach? The kids. The chance to be a positive influence on them. There’s no price you can put on that.
When was the last time you laughed out loud? At the middle school orchestra in chapel the other day. I was looking around and saw some of my swimmers with Santa hats and ornament sweaters on.