Salo has coached Olympic medalists such as former Trojans Lenny Krayzelburg and Gabe Woodward, Aaron Peirsol, Amada Beard, Staciana Stitts, Colleen Lanne and Jason Lezak and Ous Mellouli, comes to USC after serving as head coach of the Irvine Novaquatics from 1990 to 2006.
Salo guided the Novas to numerous Junior National and U.S. National team titles as well as several age group championships. He was tabbed 2002 U.S. Swimming Coach of the Year after leading the Novas to U.S. Spring and Summer national titles and is a 2012 USA Olympic Swim Team coach. He has also coached world-class open water swimmers like 2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim silver medalist Haley Anderson and gold medalist Oussama Mellouli.