As community leaders, the Parrishes have led the fundraising efforts as well as donated to help build new pools at all of our area high schools in support of all aquatic programs. Co-founders of the Santa Barbara High School Aquatics Booster Club, the Parrishes designed and coordinated the tile wall at the new SBHS pool. They have sat on multiple boards for the Santa Barbara Swim Club, directed and worked the desk at hundreds of swim meets at Los Banos and pools across Southern California, directed and coached in the AYSO program, and Kristi has served as “team mom” on countless high school swim and water polo teams.
Bill and Kristi share five children who have all grown up in Santa Barbara attending a variety of our local public and private schools. They all participated in AYSO, Junior Lifeguards, water polo and swimming in Santa Barbara and in college. Additionally, they have four grandchildren, the oldest of whom plays water polo for Dos Pueblos.
Bill grew up on Coronado and attended UCSB where he swam and played water polo. He studied biochemistry and electrical engineering and earned his PhD in electrical engineering. Bill was the founder of Amber Engineering (now Raytheon) and Indigo Systems (now FLIR).
Kristi grew up in Hawaii and attended UCSB playing on the women’s soccer team. She earned her degree in environmental sciences.
The Parrishes have participated in local sports including soccer, outrigger canoe paddling, master swimming, Nite Moves, area triathlons, the Santa Barbara half marathon and the “Are You Tough Enough” 60-mile running relay.