Ken Fittro, the founding
and Head Coach of Seaside Aquatic Club, is a Native Californian;
born in Fairfield to an Air Force family (Travis AFB). It is with a
little irony that the birth of the team coincides with the arrival
of his son James (November 23, 1993). You’ll have to ask him
to tell you the story some day, replete with some humor and
The father of two children; Molly (a junior Varsity Swimmer at Union College of Kentucky) and James, a junior at Seaside High School, and husband to Nancy, a City of Seaside employee; Coach Ken has been a fulltime Special Education Teacher for the past twenty years in California, and is currently employed At Alisal High School.
After a lackluster career in Southern California in the more traditional sports: high school football, wrestling, and track and field, Coach Ken started his aquatics career as a J.V. Water Polo Goalie at Cypress High School under the tutelage of Gary Drent and Steve Shaw (brother to Tim Shaw, Water Polo and Swimming Olympian). By his senior year in high school, Coach Ken was starting Varsity Goalie at Fairfield high school under Coach Ro Davis. Coach Davis is one of the most successful high school water polo and swimming coaches in Northern California and Nevada in the last forty years; winning multiple CIF sectional championships at two different Northern California High Schools (Fairfield High School and Palo Alto High School), not to mention the numerous State Swimming and Diving Championships won in Nevada, Tennessee, and Hawaii. Finishing his collegiate careers in water polo and swimming, Coach Ken received his B.A. in Psychology from Point Loma College in San Diego, CA. While in San Diego, he volunteered to work with a small YMCA swim team, “to keep himself near the water”, and swam numerous open water swims and also learned to surf on boards he borrowed from “the surfing gang” at Point Loma.
Coach Ken started his coaching career with his mentor, Coach Davis, at Solano Aquatic Club as a 17 year-old high school senior, responsible for the developmental pre-competitive swim program. In the last 33 years he has been on deck as a coach for 25 years (taking time off to complete two Master’s degrees in Education and begin a family with wife Nancy); taking positions as a Volunteer Water Polo coach at his High School Alma Mater (placing 3rd at the 1978 Sac-Joaquin Sectional tournament), Head Women’s and Men’s Water Polo Coach with Washoe County School District, Head Coaching Positions at Bishop Manogue High School, Reno, NV (2nd place women’s state championships 1982), and Assistant Coaching Positions at Solano Aquatic Club, Reno Aquatic Club, and Seaside High School. Coach Ken is proud to be the current Head Swimming Coach at Seaside High School and Seaside Aquatic Club. “My greatest reward as a coach, to this day, is watching our student-athletes thrive in the pool and at school; it is awesome to witness the rewards and the skills borrowed from swimming and ‘paid forward’ to the degree that they have an effect on the future of our community and the lives of others.”
Coach Ken developed a keen eye for stroke correction through self-evaluation and correction, asking all of the right questions, and an innate connection he feels with the water. He has continued his coaching education through a career-long affiliation with the American Swim Coaches Association and relationships he has developed with other coaches. Coach Ken credits his patience, use of long-term goal setting, and diligence to detail to his classroom experiences. “I have learned more about life from my students than they will ever learn from me.”