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Tristan Coles

Tristan completed a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science as an undergraduate and then went on to complete an MSc in Strength and Conditioning. As well as the University of Cambridge he has worked in California as a ‘soccer’ coach, at Green’s Health and Fitness and Norwich City Football Club as a Strength and Conditioning Coach.

For over 10 years he has been the lead Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cambridge, using his knowledge and experience of training principles to enhance the performance and recovery of the individuals and teams he has worked with. Tristan has worked with a wide range of clients including professional footballers at Norwich City and international level athletes from a wide range of sporting disciplines including athletics, shooting, triathlon, hockey, fencing, rugby, water skiing, orienteering and sailing.  Specifically through his work on TASS (Talented Athletic Scholarship Scheme) he trained a Paralympic Gold Medalist (Beijing Olympics) as well as Commonwealth Games athletes.

He was part of the design team on the West Site Sports Centre project where his focus was specifically on the Fitness Suite and the Strength and Conditioning room design and layout. He followed this up by designing the Team Training Room, where amongst others the University Sports clubs train, which opened in October 2015.  On a day to day basis he oversees the smooth running of the Strength & Conditioning provision within the Sports Centre and is involved wellbeing initiatives for the sports service and across the University.

Tristan has undertaken various qualifications over the years to complement his understanding and to make sure his knowledge of the field stays up to date. His master’s dissertation was an EMG project which focussed on Gluteus Medius activation during a variety of unilateral and bilateral lower body exercises which examined axial vs. anteroposterior and contralateral vs. ipsilateral loading. While his current areas of interest include heart rate (HR) variability, HR based conditioning protocols and golf specific fitness training.

A keen sportsman himself, he played football at Cambridge United and Leyton Orient Centres of Excellence and trained with England U18s in his youth.  Now he is more likely to be found on the golf course than the football pitch.

Professional Memberships

Accredited member of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UK)

Accredited member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (USA)


MSc Strength and Conditioning
BSc (Hons) Sports Science
UKSCA ASCC (Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach)
NSCA CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)
NSCA-CPT (Certified Personal Trainer)
Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 1 Certified (Golf)
NASM GFS (Golf Fitness Specialist)
NASM CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist)
NASM Cardiorespiratory Training for Fitness
NASM Cardiorespiratory Training for Sports Performance
Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Level 1 Certified
BWLA (British Weight Lifters Association) Leaders Award
BWLA Weightlifting for Sport Instructor Part I
Preliminary Award in Speed, Agility and Quickness: SAQ®
YMCA Fitness Trainer/Assessor Award
YMCA Professional Gym Instructor
YMCA Training in Different Environments
YMCA Circuits Instructor
YMCA Core Stability Instructor
YMCA Exercise and Disability
First Aid at Work (St John Ambulance)
Automated External Defibrillation (St John Ambulance)
Level 5 Award in Business Management

About Tristan Coles

Job Title

  • Fitness, Strength & Conditioning Manager

Where Do I Work?

Sports Centre