Hi, My name is Travis Allain. I am a fourth generation native of Santa Barbara, California. I graduated in 2003 from San Marcos High School, an All-American, All-CIF varsity water polo player and varsity swimmer with a letter in Theater Arts. In 2007 I graduated from the University of Redlands in Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English: Creative Writing. I was a three time, Southern California Interscholastic Conference (SCIAC) Water Polo Champion, and two term Editor-in-Chief of my college newspaper, the Bulldog Weekly.
I started teaching swimming at La Cumbre Country Club when I was 16 years old, it was my first job and an establishment where I am still employed today. 13 years later, I am now the Aquatics Director for the Santa Barbara Tennis Club, where I am the Head Swim Instructor, giving over 500 swim lessons a year and Head Swim Coach to their novice swim team, the Stingrays! Currently I am also an Instructor for the Exercise and Sports Studies program at UC Santa Barbara, teaching college classes for students learning how to swim and play water polo. During the summer I also supervise lifeguarding at Hope Ranch Beach.
Since age 18 I have enjoyed coaching water polo. I first started during the summer months for my alma mater, San Marcos High School, then assisting the then Santa Barbara Water Polo Club as Goalie Coach and after graduating college I went to work as the Assistant Men’s Water Polo and Swim Coach for Dos Pueblos High School. During this time I was also an Assist Coach for the USA Water Polo Coastal Zone 16u ODP Team. Currently I am the Head Coach and Advisor for the UC Santa Barbara Men’s Water Polo Club, a student run water polo club competing in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA), in the Pacific Coast division.
As a coach I believe in upholding good sportsmanship at all times. I am not there to yell and make a scene, I am there to educate and lead. It is important to communicate with athletes, especially young adults, not to just shout orders, but to teach and to listen. I believe in honesty and hard work to achieve one’s goals. A better athlete is an educated athlete. I feel I am quite lucky to have found a passion, as I have, for swimming and water polo. It has given me so much already and I only want the opportunity to pass that education along.