Travis Anderson
Travis Anderson
Title: Assistant Coach- Sprints/Jumps
Phone: 893-3746
Year: Fourth Season
Previous College: Oregon

Travis Anderson recently completed his fifth season as an Assistant Coach with the Gauchos. Responsible for the sprints, hurdles, relays, pole vault and horizontal jumps, Anderson’s athletes have helped revitalize the sprints and jumps at UCSB since his arrival. 

In five seasons, Anderson's athletes have produced 16 Big West medals in the sprints, hurdles and relays inlcuding six Big West Champions and two different NCAA Qualifers in the women's 400m. His athletes have combined to set six UCSB school records. 

In 2017, Sike Azu-Irondi broke one of UCSB's oldest standing records, the men's 100m. Azu-Irondi ran 10.55 to eclipse the previous record set back in 1987. He also added a season best of 21.31 in the 200m and was a Big West finalist in both events. 

Anderson guided Myles McDonald to a new school record in the 400m hurdles at the 2016 Aztec Invite. McDonald ran 51.55 to break a 37 year old UCSB record. 

Two of Anderson's other athletes nearly broke records in their respective events on their way to NCAA First Round performances. Alivia Schlueter added three feet to her high school best in the triple jump, sailing out to 41'0.5 to earn the Big West Silver in the event. Sierra Emrick vaulted 13'3.5 to become the second woman in UCSB history over 13 feet. Both Emrick and Schlueter rank #2 All-Time at UCSB in their events. 

In 2015, Anderson helped Gaucho senior Jessica Johnson lower her 400m best to 52.50- a time she ran in the final of the Big West Championships to claim conference Gold. Johnson would advance to the NCAA Championships after a 52.93 performance at the NCAA West Regional. 

At the 2015 Big West Championship, Anderson helped guide two UCSB pole vaulters into the conference scoring column for the first time in UCSB history as Parker Curry and Clint Gallivan each cleared 16'0.75 for the Gauchos. Oscar Pearson went from walk-on to Big West runner-up in the long jump and recorded a season best leap of 23'11. 

In 2014, Anderson helped guide Johnson and Evan Walker to the NCAA West Regional. Johnson captured bronze at the Big West Championships and finished the year with a best time of 53.77 in the 400m. Johnson had five races under 55 seconds in 2014. Evan Walker ran a best time of 10.50 in the 100m. After running track for only one year in high school before attending UCSB, Hallie Brauner found a spot in the Big West final in the 400m hurdles- there she ran a lifetime best of 1:01.54, moving into fourth all-time at UCSB.  

2013 was anything but ordinary for the Gaucho sprint squad. 5 school records, 5 Big West Event Titles, 11 NCAA Regional Qualifiers, one NCAA Championship Qualifier and one IAAF World Championships competitor.

Anderson’s athletes experienced rapid improvement under his guidance and after only one season he has established a common theme amongst his sprint/hurdles and jumps groups: Development.

Anderson’s athlete’s improvement in 2013

Athlete                                                  PR Entering 2013                                    2013 PR

Jennifer Carey **

57.06  400m, 24.97    200m

52.29 400m,  23.69 200m

Amanda Rodriguez *

61.91  400mH, 56.77  400m

58.39   400mH,   54.98 400m

Jordan Scott *

47.54  400m

46.44   400m

Evan Walker

10.87  100m

10.58   100m

Winton Nguyen

48.87  400m

47.85   400m

Sean Johnson

14.55  110HH

14.28   110HH

Shannon Trumbull 1:04.93 400h (2013) 59.87 (2017)
  • 2013 Big West Champion

Jennifer Carey led a talented Gaucho sprint squad by setting 4 new school records in the 200m, 400m, 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays. She won the 400m Big West Title in 52.29. She would go on to qualify for the NCAA Championships as well as represent Ireland in the World Championships. Her 200m Big West runner up finish of 23.69 was also a new school record.  One of her most impressive moments came in the second leg of the women’s 4 x 400m relay in Austin, TX at the NCAA West Regional where she dropped a 51.5 split to help the Gaucho women reset the school record with a time of 3:38.86.

Amanda Rodriguez would also go on to the NCAA West Regional after setting a new 400m hurdle record in 58.32 while claiming her first Big West title. Also a key component to the relay effort, Rodriguez would set a new personal best in the open 400m at 54.98, cutting almost 2 seconds off her previous PR.

Jordan Scott led the Gaucho men with his PR Big West win in the 400m at 46.44. Scott also helped the Gauchos qualify for the NCAA West Regional in the 4 x 400m while winning the Big West Championship in 3:09.84.

Anderson's attention to technical relay coaching led the Gaucho men to their first Big West podium appearance in the 4 x 100m relay and their first Big West title in the 4 x 400m relay. He helped guide the Gaucho women to school records in the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays during his first season at the helm. 

At UW-Milwaukee Anderson put together impressive event groups which accounted for a total of 24 school records –  seven of which established new Horizon League records. In 2012, he guided Durrell Busby to an NCAA All America finish and a new school record in the 110 high hurdles at 13.67. Busby would go on to finish second in the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Trials. He also ran an indoor conference record in the 60h at 7.79. One of Anderson’s other star pupils, Samia Taylor, achieved All-American honors in the triple jump in 2011 and established a new UW-Milwaukee school record at 42’4 ¼.

In 2012, Anderson guided Dexter Schleis to the men’s 400 hurdle school record at 51.72 and Ben Crogan to the school record in the men’s indoor pole vault with a mark of 17’3/4. On the women’s side, Simbi Laaro set the women’s indoor 60 meter record with a time of 7.52 and Laura Hamel set the women’s outdoor high jump record with a mark of 5’8 ½.

Anderson coached 17 NCAA Regional Qualifiers and 2 NCAA Championship Qualifiers at UW-Milwaukee- Both athletes went on to become All Americans. (Busby- 110HH, Samia Taylor- Triple Jump) At UW-Milwaukee, he coached a total of 62 Horizon League champions.

Anderson helped UW-Milwaukee claim 16 team championships (10 men, 6 women) during his 5 years with the program. He also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Panthers track and field, cross country, tennis and swimming and diving programs.  He has a USA Weight Lifting Certificate and is a certified Sprints, Hurdles and Relays Specialist and Jumping Event Specialist through the USTFCCCA.

Anderson graduated from the University of Oregon where he was a three-time All-American in the 4 x 400m relay, running on four of the Ducks current top-10 relays, including their #2 AT 3:03.27 where he ran lead off. 

Anderson By the Numbers

* 6 Big West Champions
* 34 NCAA West Regional Qualifiers
* 4 NCAA Championship Qualifiers  
* 6 UCSB School Records
* 62 Horizon League Champions (Prior to UCSB)