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
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
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 Team
- 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 groups
- 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 impossible!
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 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
Assistant Coach -
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 Clayton Cagle 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 three children, ages 11, 12, and 15.
Coach Bailey is working with High Performance and Gold groups.
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.
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 grandbabies!!
Office Hours: Mon - Thurs 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Assistant Coach -
Coach Jake started coaching with Swim America in 2008. He swam for Katy Aquatics from 2002-2010. In 2010 Coach Jake started coaching with Delta Aquatic Club in Mississippi. There he coached many MS state qualifiers as a hed age to coach. While coaching in Mississippi, he attended Delta State University from 2010 to 2016. He graduated with a BS in Exercise Science and a MS in Sports and Human Performance.
He joined Katy in December 2016. Coach Jake looks forward to using his degree to aid young swimmers to develop into great athletes in and out of the water. He is excited to work with Katy and continue to make a positive impact on the community of Katy, Texas.
Coach Lauren moved to the Katy area in August 2016 from San Antonio, Texas. She started swimming at the age of 6 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 second year coaching with Katy Aquatics. She was also head coach for several summer teams in the San Antonio area for over 10 years. She is married with 4 dogs and is in her 12th year teaching middle school.
Coach Paulie, a former Katy Aquatics swimmer, is excited to be returning to educate the new swimmers. He also swam competitively for Morton Ranch High School and graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelors Degree. Paulie has been teaching swimming since 2011 at Mary Jo Peckham Park. He is excited to be with the competitive coaching staff leading the Novice groups at Tompkins High School.
Assistant Coach - ASCA 2
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 instructor.
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 goals.
-US Masters Coach Level 2
-Adult Learn to Swim Certified
-ACE Personal Trainer - Youth Specialist