Dave Salo is right where he belongs.
Right now, it's Japan, and later this week it'll be Shanghai, China for the 2011 FINA World Swimming Championships.
In a couple weeks when the world championships are over, he'll be back home in Southern California, ready to return to coaching the men's and women's swimming teams at USC after recently receiving a five-year contract extension from the school, continuing his tenure there that began in 2007.
Salo has been in Japan with eight members from the Trojan Swim Club, of which he is the director, for training camp in preparation for the world championships. The swimming competition (the meet includes water polo, diving, open-water swimming and synchronized swimming) begins next Sunday.
For Salo, 51, it's par for the course in a career that has placed him at swimming pools across the world. He has coached at all levels and was recognized last year with induction to the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.