Tristan began coaching high school and juniors club volleyball in Northern California while in graduate school. Upon completion of his degree, he took a position as an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and continued to coach at the collegiate and club levels. Under his direction, the 2006 Navy men's club team finished in the gold bracket at the NIRSA Division I Sport Club Championship. Later that year, he was the assistant coach for the Morgan State University women's team, helping to lead the team to the finals of the MEAC Volleyball Championship. He spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the men's team at UC San Diego before returning to the Bay Area where he currently coaches at Bay To Bay Volleyball Club
While Tristan enjoys all aspects of coaching, he specializes in the application of physics and mathematics to the game of volleyball. He earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1996, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1997 and 2003.
Does Momentum Exist in Competitive Volleyball?
By Mark F. Schilling
A site for advanced statistical and scientific analysis of volleyball
By Alan Reifman
A Comprehensive Statistics System for Volleyball Match Analysis
By Tristan Burton
A linear model for estimating optimal service error fraction in volleyball
By Tristan Burton and Scott Powers