Johnson comes to Arkansas State after spending the last two seasons as a student assistant at the University of Alabama, where he earned his bachelor's degree in marketing. His duties as a coach included assisting with drills, pregame warm-up, and scouting with the stat program. Additionally, he spent part of this past summer as an intern with the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams. His main responsibilities included practice video coordination for both squads.
“I'm very excited to add Tristan to our staff,” Rehr said. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience with him from Alabama, and I've worked with him before when I was at Blinn so there is a familiarity level there that will make the transition easier for him.”
Before going to Alabama, Johnson was a student assistant at Blinn College under Rehr and had a number of responsibilities including being the technology coordinator, handling stats, scouting, recruiting, and practice duties. He was part of the staff when Blinn registered a 38-0 record and National Junior College Athletic Association Division I National Championship in 2011. He served as the interim head coach at Blinn early in 2012 when he ran the offseason program and recruited.
“I'm honored to join the staff at Arkansas State and work with Coach Rehr again,” Johnson said. “He's a great coach and I'm just excited to be a part of what we're building here. I'm definitely ready to get the season started and get to work with fall camp.”
In addition to his college experience, Johnson was the head coach of the Xcel Volleyball Club 13s in 2011 and Xcel Volleyball Club 18s in 2012. He has worked in several college camps, including ones at Alabama, Texas A&M and Arkansas State.