Entering his seventh season as Assistant Coach for the men's water polo program, Ryan McMillen has a rich history with the sport.
Ryan’s love of the game led him to coaching in the Bay Area after college. He was the Menlo High School Water Polo JV coach 1997-1999 (undefeated), the Menlo High School Assistant Varsity Coach 1997-1999 (2nd CCS 1998), and the San Jose State Asst. Women’s Water Polo Coach 1997, 1998. He returned to Santa Barbara in 1999 and began volunteer coaching with the Dos Pueblos High School Boys Water Polo team from 1999-2013. Began coaching with UCSB in 2013 as the Assistant Women's Coach along side Wolf and transitioned into a dual role on both the Men's side and Women's side for three years. Currently focusing on the Men's program and development of age group water polo players in the local area through his club.
Ryan was the Santa Barbara Water Polo Club Assistant coach for 16 & 18 under boys 2012-2014, Director in 2015 and the Santa Barbara Water Polo Club Assistant Goalie coach (boys and girls - all age groups 14,16,18 & under). 2016 Ryan Co-Found a NEW water polo club, "Santa Barbara Premier Water Polo Club" where he is the Executive Director and Assistant coach of all 13 teams, 24 employees, 260 athletes and families.
His numerous awards and honors include: High School All-American Goalie 1990, Junior Olympic Silver Medalist 16 & under 1989; All PAL Team 1989 & 1990, PAL MVP 1989, 1990; CCS MVP 1990; Don Dryfus Award – 1990; Captain Fresno State Water Polo 1993; Captain UCSB Water Polo 1995; National B Team 1991, Olympic Festival Silver Medalist (east) 1991; 2nd Team All Big West 1991; San Mateo High School Hall of Fame – inducted in 2003; 3-time Masters Nationals Champion; 9-time Masters Nationals runner-up; Winterfest Runner-up 2012; Fisher Cup Champion 2013 – NYAC; USA Water Polo Masters All-American 17 years as a field player (20’s, 30’s, 40’s).
When not on the pool deck Ryan enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Shanti, traveling, going to the beach, surfing or just relaxing.