“Wrestling is one of those things that I grew up with,” Rau said. “Since I grew up in Napoleon. I’ve been wrestling since elementary school.”
After competing at the University of Mary, Travis decided to give back to the sport through coaching.
“I have been coaching wrestling for — this is actually my 20th season,” Rau said.
All have been at Century. A couple of years after he graduated from U-Mary and was settled, he got the itch to coach.
“There was a vacant assistant position up here,” Rau said. “I talked to the right people and landed this spot.”
The only thing Travis has done longer is his work at the Bismarck Police Department as a Police Youth Worker.
“So I’m in a civilian position,” Rau said. “So I’m not an officer.”
Travis works with at-risk youth.
“You have contact with kids for a lot of different reasons,” Rau said. “Not always kids are in trouble. Sometimes they just need some direction.”
During the wrestling season, Travis is in the office at 7 a.m. then he is off to Century for practice at 3:30 p.m. and then he spends time with his family.
“I still got two little boys and a wife at home,” Rau said. “I know they are the ones that kind of sacrifice with me being gone a lot.”
Travis experiences joy when his athletes perform well, but that is not why he is a coach.
“I want to see them succeed there too,” Rau said. “I think more so I want to see them succeed in life. If I can help, great.”
Travis Rau goes beyond the sidelines.
Travis says kids face more challenges than he did when we was growing up and he is happy to help.