SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After a successful five-year run at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Travis Anderson has been named assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara, head coach Pete Dolan announced. Anderson, a former three-time All American sprinter at the University of Oregon will be responsible for the sprints, hurdles, horizontal jumps and pole vault.
At UW-Milwaukee Anderson put together some 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 has coached 17 NCAA Regional Qualifiers and 2 NCAA Championship Qualifiers- 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 and Hurdles and Relays Specialist through the USTFCCCA.
UCSB is coming off a historic year with the men's team winning their first ever Big West team championship. Ryan Martin (800m- 4th) and Barbara Nwaba (Heptathlon-5th) each placed top 5 in the US Olympic Trials. Martin would finish his career with the Gauchos with a personal best of 1:44.77 in the 800m which ranks him as the 9th fastest runner in NCAA Division-1 history. After scoring a historic 40 ½ points at the 2012 Big West Outdoor Championships, Nwaba went on to capture second place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon. Head Coach Pete Dolan was voted by his coaching peers as the NCAA West Region Head Coach of the year.