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Staff

Katy Aquatics is very proud of its coaching staff.  Please see the list and biographies of the current Katy Aquatics Coaching staff.

 

Katy Aquatics Coaching Staff  

Travis Sandifer

Executive Director

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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 General Chairman. 

  • Gulf Swimming Safety Chairman (2016-2017)
  • Gulf Swimming Safe Sport Coordinator (2013-2017) 
  • 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 recently graduated from Texas A&M University.

Office Hours:  Mon - Fri 9:00AM-5:00PM


 

 

Angela Golightly

Team Administrator

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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 Administrator.

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.

Office Hours:  Mon - Fri  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 


Bill Bailey

Head Coach

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Coach Bailey has been coaching in the Gulf for over 30 years. He has served as Head Coach and Head Age Group Coach for various teams in the area. In 2003 and 2004 he was honored as Gulf Age Group Coach of the year.


He began his swimming career in 1984 with First Colony Swim Team, finaling at Junior Nationals. At Henderson State University, he achieved NAIA All-American. He is certified ASCA Level 4, Age Group and High School.

Coach Bailey’s coaching philosophy is centered on developing the athlete as a whole. He believes long-term achievement is accomplished through individual swimmer-created goals of commitment, perseverance, and self-discipline. Focusing on these core values encourages athletes to excel in all aspects of sport and life, instilling these life-long virtues as an integral part of their character.

Having spent several years working in education and special education has helped Coach Bailey understand the diversity of abilities on a whole different level. A one-size-fits-all approach does not apply to coaching any more than it does to education.

He is married with three children. As an active member of the peer-led workout network F3 Nation, he enjoys both leading and participating in the challenging pre-dawn workouts.


Christian Schurr

Assistant Coach

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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 swimming experience!

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.  

 

 

Michael Chenoweth

Assistant Coach - ASCA 2

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Coach Mike returned to Katy, TX and KATY Aquatics in the Fall of 2018. 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 of flying, planning and teaching that took him around the world, visiting exotic ports such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, landing on aircraft carriers, managing the 2nd most remote airfield in the world, and earning an M.B.A. along the way.

Though not directly involved in competitive swimming while in the Navy, Coach Mike always remained connected to the water (or frozen water) and water/snow sports, participating or competing in water polo, competitive rowing (Navy crew coxswain with a collegiate gold medal), sailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, kayaking, SUP, and scuba diving.

Coach Mike is currently the lead coach for the Senior I group.

 


 

Jenny Brown

Assistant Coach

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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 goals. 
 

Qualifications

-US Masters Coach Level 2 
-Adult Learn to Swim Certified
-ACE Personal Trainer - Youth Specialist