Florida State University, Information Technology (IT) and Communications
Competed on national and international stages in gymnastics and cheerleading
Meet Coach Tristan
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”
What is your greatest achievement?
I won my first state championship in gymnastics after 5 years of practicing 3-5 days a week. I went on to win 2 more gymnastics state championships and got a perfect 10 at an international competition, but I ended up loving cheerleading more, and ended up pursuing cheerleading as my main sport. In cheerleading, I began practicing every weekday and saturdays and ended up winning 2 state championships in high school. I cheered for Florida State University and competed at the National Championship 2 years in a row. By my final national championship I had trained 4-6 days a week for 15 years. All of these years taught me that with hard work and ambitious goals, really anything is possible.
“All of these years taught me that with hard work and ambitious goals, really anything is possible.”
How has hard work and dedication made you who you are today?
I grew up in Orlando, Fl with 2 brothers and a lot of competitions. We competed in everything from sports competitions in the back yard to who could win the most state titles. I have won multiple state championships in multiple sports. As I grew older, I turned my focus towards academic and professional success. Throughout my life I have overcome injuries, not making teams and not getting jobs. The older I get the more I’ve realized how much more I could have accomplished in certain situations with a different mindset, with the right attitude, and putting in the work. I believe anyone can do anything they set their mind to and continuously work towards, and kids even more so. Kids aren’t afraid to dream big and I love that as a remote coach I get to help them make their dreams a reality, whether that is acing the next test, getting into a top school, or becoming a CEO.
“Kids aren’t afraid to dream big and I love that as a remote coach I get to help them make their dreams a reality, whether that is acing the next test, getting into a top school, or becoming a CEO.”
What is a challenge that has made you who you are today?
My freshman year of cheer in college, I was not picked to be on Florida State’s competition team. I still went to every competition practice and extra gym times. I made sure I was fully prepared to go in if there was an opportunity. Two weeks before nationals, I got switched into the routine during practice for a girl that had missed and hit everything I needed to. They kept me in and I ended up hitting everything at nationals too! Overcoming this challenge taught me that when other people count you out, use that as motivation to work even harder and prove them wrong.
What do you love about coaching students?
I love working with kids and have been a Coach and mentor to kids since high school. I’ve also always been interested in personal development. Coaching kids on personal goals combines the two, and makes me feel like I’m working for a bigger purpose.
What do you do when not coaching at gt.school?
I’m very social and love hanging out with my friends and family. I also love to travel and eat good food! I enjoy being outside and active. However, I also love reading and a good netflix show every once in a while!
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from a coach?
I learned from my gymnastics conditioning coach that hard work and deliberate practice very directly relates to our outcomes. It’s easy to show up, but working at your best every day will always show in the end.