Coach Travis Sandifer comes to us with 20+ years of swim coaching experience, and is an ASCA level 4 coach. He has spent most of his coaching career in the GULF with USA Swimming Clubs, 17 years with KATY Aquatics as both Head Age Group and Head Coach. He has also coached at Aquastar and Pearland Aquatics. During his coaching tenure, Coach Travis has developed swimmers that have competed and excelled at many levels ranging from local age group meets, TAGS Champions, Junior National and US Open Finalist to competing at Canadian and USA Swimming Olympic Trials.
- As the Head Coach of KATY Aquatics, his team placed in the top 100 out of 2400+ USA Swimming Club teams in the Virtual Club Championship rankings for 8 straight seasons from LC 2004 to SC 2006/07.
- His swimmers have placed in USA Swimming’s National rankings (Top-16) over 60 times.
- He has coached swimmers that received 47 USA Scholastic All-American Awards.
- He has been awarded Gulf Swimming Coach of the year award 4 times, twice as Age Group Coach of the Year (1996 and 1997) and twice as the Senior Coach of the Year (2001 and 2005).
Coach Travis has stayed actively involved in swimming governance holding various positions on USA Swimming Committee’s and the Gulf LSC Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Gulf board as Safe Sport Coordinator and Safety Chairman.
- Gulf Swimming Safety Chairman (2016-present)
- Gulf Swimming Safe Sport Coordinator (2013-present)
- Gulf Swimming Board of Directors (1998-2007 and 2010-present)
- Gulf Swimming Open Water Coordinator (2003-2007)
- USA Swimming Domestic Open Water Committee (2003-2006)
- Gulf Swimming - Senior Vice-Chairman (2000-2002)
- Gulf Swimming Age Group Vice-Chairman (1998-2000)
Coach Travis has a degree in Economics from the University of Houston. He enjoys fishing, kayaking and camping in his spare time. He has a daughter Paige, who is a attending Texas A&M University.
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00AM-5:00PM
Director of Competitive Swimming
Tim has been coaching for over 30 years, 24 of
those at TWST. During his coaching tenure, he
has accomplished the following:
- 2010 NCSA Head Men's Coach for the Japan All Star
- USA Swimming Board of Directors from 2011 – present
- Currently the Technical VP
- TSA Board of Directors from 2011 - 2013
- Selected 2008 USA National Junior Team Assistant
Men’s Coach (Melbourne Australia)
- Named 2006 Head Coach of the USA National Select Camp
- Named 2005 Gulf Senior Coach of the year
- Voted three time Texas Age Group Coach of the Year
- Developed numerous Olympian and Olympic trial qualifiers,
Senior National Finalists and Junior National Champions
- Achieved American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA)
Level 5 – the highest level – for both senior and age
- Achieved ASCA Silver Award and Level 5 Coach
His coaching style is one of positive stroke technique
and believes in balancing hard work with fun, while achieving
goals. Coach Timchallenges his swimmers during
practice…having them finish something they thought was
Swimming has been a part of Tim’s life for as long as he
can remember. He swam for 12 years with Glendale Arizona
Gauchos with his dad as his first swim coach. He then
swam for the University of Western Illinois and competed in the
Olympic Trials in 1984. He’s married to a former TWST
swimmer, Maxine, and has a daughter, Madison, who swims on TWST and
who may be the next Olympic champ.
In his spare time, Tim enjoys a competitive game of golf.
Angela began coaching
in 1995 as an Assistant Coach for the Cimarron Swim Team for three
years, and then continued as their Head Coach for five more years.
While attending the University of Houston, Angela coached at Katy
Aquatics and Alief Aquatics in the late 90's. In 2010, Angela
returned to Katy Aquatics as a competitive Coach. Then in 2013, she
began a new chapter with Katy Aquatics as their Team
Angela grew up in the
Katy area where she participated on the Cimarron Swim Team for 13
years. She was also a member of the Katy High School Swim
Team where she gained the love for swimming with all of the
challenges and excellence of being an athlete. She has enjoyed
watching the growth of swimming in the Katy area, and looks forward
to the future with Katy Aquatics.
Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Assistant Coach - ASCA 2
Valerie began her coaching career in San Antonio in 1990, for the
Alamo Area Aquatics Association under the former Head Coach, George
Block. In 1996 she moved to Houston and started coaching with
for the Cy-Fair Swim Club for eight years. During this time Valerie
coached the Cy-Falls and Cy-Creek High Schools. She then began with
Sienna Plantation Aquatics before joining the Katy Aquatics Swim
Team. Valerie has been coaching as an Assistant Coach with Katy
Aquatics since 2010.
Valerie was raised in San
Antonio, where she swam and played water polo for Tom C. Clark High
School. Each year during her high school career she qualified for
State. She then went on to be a collegiate swimmer for two years at
Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Valerie was on the
Women’s US Water Polo Nation Team for six years, and played
in the 1984 Olympics.
Coach Bailey has been coaching in the Gulf for over 25 years. He has served as both Head Age Group and Head Coach for several of the teams in the area and received the honor of Gulf Age Group Coach of the year in 2003 & 2004. Coach Bailey began his swimming career in 1984 with First Colony Swim Team, qualifying and finaling at Junior Nationals. He went on to swim at Henderson State University. He has two boys ages 8 and 12.
Christian began his coaching career with TXLA and has been a
swimmer and coach in Texas since the early 90s. He joins the KATY
staff from Austin Swim Club (a Gold Medal Club) where he worked
with 11-13 year olds and high school level swimmers. Coach
Christian’s swimmers have achieved cuts at the TAGS,
Sectional, Futures and Junior level. Most importantly, Coach
Christian wants those he coaches to improve while enjoying their
Prior to joining the coaching world, Coach Christian earned All
American honors swimming for the University of Texas and
represented Mexico at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
While earning a degree in Kinesiology at UT, Christian competed in
the World University Games in 2003 and the Pan American Games in
2007. As a professional swimmer, Coach Christian competed in
both the 2012 and 2013 World Championships.
By the time Ken was 5 he knew what his
destiny was going to be and it had to be in the water. Ken started
swimming at the age of 5 (in Puerto Rico) and soon realized that
swimming was his sport. Ken swam with the likes of Jessie Vasallo
and his brothers and soon found his way from Puerto Rico to
Southern California and soon became a member of the well know
Mission Viejo Nadadores. As an athlete Ken’s passion
for swimming lead him to the State Championships in Texas and was
the 100 Fly Champion in 1980. His swimming allowed him to earn a
scholarship to the University of Kansas where he was
Freshman/Varsity record holder in the 200 Fly (1:49.86). From
Swimming (team captain) to coaching, Ken began as a grad assistant
at KU and soon became Head coach of the Wichita Y Neptunes. From
there, Ken followed his path back to California to become the Head
Age Group Coach of the Mission Viejo Nadadores where he served his
position well for 9 years. From there, Ken went to CSA in Simi
Valley then to The Woodlands from 97-99 as Head Age Group Coach.
From here, Ken found his way back to California first as Head age
group coach, then Head Coach of the Buenavenura Swim Club. After a
5 year stint in Ventura Ken made his way back to Southern
California as one of the three Head Age Group coaches of the Irvine
Novaquatics for 5 years. The time was right to come back to Texas
as a Senior Assistant and age group coach at The Woodlands Swim
Team for a 6 year stay.
As a coach, Ken has coached several
swimmers to National Ranking, 3 to elite status as National Age
Group record holders as well as getting the first 50+ year old
swimmer to break 10 minutes in the 1000! Ken was selected as one of
the Age Group Coach of the year recipients in Southern California
by ASCA. Ken has served on 9 Zone teams, 4 as age group assistant
and 5 as the Head Coach. Ken was also the first Head Coach to win
the Olympic Festival on record in Southern California. While at
TWST, Ken coached several swimmers to Junior and Senior Nationals
as well as Olympic Trials.
Ken’s passion as a coach is to not
only find ways to improve the mechanics of the stroke in the water
but to also find ways to be better underwater! “ The lessons
learned as a swimmer should carry well beyond their years in the
pool, but throughout their life!” Ken continues to stay
in touch with his former athletes as well as old team mates from
his “younger” years.
Ken was born in Caripito Venezuela and
remains fluent in Spanish. Ken enjoys cooking and an occasional
two-step with his wife Bobbie. Ken has 5 children and is Papa to 4
Hours: Mon - Thurs 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Coach Jake swam for Katy Aquatics from 2002-2010. He started
coaching with Swim America in 2008. In 2010, Coach Jake
started coaching with Delta Aquatic Club in Mississippi. There he
coached many MS state qualifiers as a Head Age Group Coach.
While coaching in Mississippi, he attended and swam for Delta State
University. He was on the All-Conference Team and
All-Academic Team. Coach Jake graduated with a BS in Exercise
Science and a MS in Sports and Human Performance.
He joined Katy Aquatics in December of 2016. Coach
Jake loves working with 12&Unders. He looks forward to
continuing the development of young athletes in and out of the
water. He is excited to work with your athletes while
continuing to make a positive impact on the community of Katy,
Coach Lauren moved to the Katy area in August 2016 from San
Antonio, Texas. She started swimming at the age of six and
went on to swim for Churchill High School and Marymount University.
After 12 years of swimming for the San Antonio WAVE, she was hired
to coach for them. She coached all ages and levels for the WAVE for
over ten years before making the switch to Katy Aquatics. This is
her third-year coaching with Katy Aquatics. While at KATY, Lauren
has coached both Intro and Age Group 1 classes. She is married with
4 dogs and a newborn son, Daniel. She is also in her
13th year teaching middle school.
Assistant Coach - ASCA 1
Coach Mike recently returned to Katy, TX and KATY Aquatics after
leaving 26 years ago. Mike swam competitively for Katy High School
and KATY Aquatics before heading to Annapolis for four years to
earn his B.S. in Computer Science and a commission in the Navy. He
retired in 2016, having completed a 20-year career, including 8
years of instructor duty and earning an M.B.A. along the way.
Though not directly involved in competitive swimming, Mike has
always remained connected to the water (or frozen water) and
water/snow sports, participating or competing in water polo,
competitive rowing (Navy crew coxswain), sailing, windsurfing,
wakeboarding, snowboarding, kayaking, SUP, and scuba diving. He has
been a certified scuba instructor since 2012, and remains an active
Mike is excited to return to his home town and KATY Aquatics and
give back to a sport and team that helped put him on a path to
success. He is the coach for Senior I and Age Group II Black.
Jenny grew up in Houston and began swimming competitively at
age 6. She fell in love with the sport and swam for Blue Tide
Aquatics through high school. She swam in college for John Brown
University and qualified for NAIA Nationals all 4 years. After
college Jenny continued to swim and began competing in triathlons
and open water swimming. She taught outdoor education for seven
years and then began coaching for Tyler Rose Aquatic Club in Tyler,
TX. In 2018, she moved back to Houston to begin coaching with Katy
Aquatics. She has coached a variety of age groups from 10 and
unders to Masters; and she loves having the opportunity to teach,
encourage, and support others as they work towards their
- USS Swim Coach
- ASCA Member
-US Masters Coach Level 2
-Adult Learn to Swim Certified
-ACE Personal Trainer - Youth Specialist
This is my first year with Katy Aquatics, and 39th year of
coaching the sport I dearly love; which includes High School, Club,
and Summer League.
I am a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee and hold BA and M Ed.
degrees from the University of Tennessee (GO VOLS).
I swam for 13 years, at all levels, High School, Summer
League, and AAU (yes, I am that old). My favorite and best events
were; 100 Fly, 100 Back, 200 IM, and 200 Free. Also, I was captain
of the Football and Soccer teams, at Notre Dame High School, where
I lettered in five sports.
I just retired from teaching High School after 26 years, with
the last 20 years with Fort Bend ISD. Away from swimming, I
like to spend time working out, traveling, reading, attending
concerts and sporting events. Still involved with Masters Swimming
and loving it. Please feel free to contact me with any
I am looking forward to coaching the Age Group I program and
watching them improve during the course of the swim season.
Amira grew up in Katy, Texas and began swimming at the age of 4.
She was a former Katy Aquatics swimmer and swam for the Cinco Ranch
High School Swim Team. She placed 8th in the 500 freestyle and 1st
in the 4x100 freestyle relay. She is finishing her senior
year in Cinco Ranch High School and plans to go to college next
year. In college, she plans to study Nursing and become a Neonatal
Nurse Practitioner. Though she does not swim today due to a
shoulder injury, she is still very passionate about the sport and
watching swimmers grow in time and strength wise. This is her
second season with the team and is excited to grow as a coach and
help kids grow as swimmers.