Born overseas in Singapore, Tristan fell in love with basketball after moving to Peoria, Illinois; latching on to the great Bulls teams of the mid 90’s. After moving to Reno in 1997, he dedicated himself to the Ballers program at the Boys and Girls Club. Deeply passionate and driven, Tristan would often go to Pine Middle School ninety minutes beforehand to work on his game as early as 7th grade. Tristan grew up watching the star-studded Galena teams of the late 90’s and was extremely proud to make the Varsity as a freshman. Tristan was eternally grateful for the opportunity to learn from former Galena coach Tom Maurer, whose endless basketball knowledge and love of teaching played huge roles in providing his players with an out-of-this-world high school basketball experience.
Over the years, Tristan developed a strong feel for the game and always had a deadly jump shot. Although Tristan didn’t see a lot of playing time as a sophomore playing behind local legend Derek Lorenzen, he made a big impact during the 4th quarter of the regional championship game when he helped the Grizzlies come from behind to beat a talented, more experienced, and Reno Baller-heavy Bishop Manogue Team. His senior year, Galena squeaked past the Hug Hawks and Douglas Tigers to become regional champions and shortly after went to Las Vegas and won the 4A State Championship. Tristan received first team all-conference and all-region honors, and after moderate recruiting interest from D2 and D3 schools and a lack of strong financial offers, he chose to follow close friend and Reno High standout Roman Van Allen to Delta College in Stockton, CA. Playing under legendary coach Brian Katz (recently named the top mid-major coach of the year at Sacramento State) for one season, the Delta Mustangs won the Big 8 Conference both years and made it to the Final 4 of the prestigious state tournament in 2009.
Tristan finished his playing career at Missouri Valley College under Head Coach Chad Lance, and in his junior season, the Vikings achieved the first 20 win season in recent school history. He also led the traditionally sharpshooting Heart of America Conference in 3 point% for the majority of the season. After a disappointing senior season, Tristan spent his summer in Reno learning cutting-edge training methods from elite player-development and strength coach Mike Atkinson, currently with the Westchester Knicks, a D-league affiliate of the New York Knicks. His fifth and final year of college Tristan supported the coaching staff as a student-assistant and got his first taste of real-world coaching experience. After graduation, he accepted a position with Sierra Nevada Corporation in Reno, NV and coached a 6th grade AAU team at the Boys and Girls Club for over a year.
In 2015 Tristan felt compelled to give back to the community that raised him, in particular the Boys and Girls Club. That summer he held the Northern Nevada Blue Chip Basketball Camp to raise money for the Reno Ballers. In the fall he was back in the world of basketball working for the Westchester Knicks with his friend Mike. The second Blue Chip Basketball Camp took place the summer of 2016.
Tristan had fallen in love with the world of craft cocktails in his many travels and brief sojourns in other cities. In the fall of 2016, Stamp Social Club, a craft cocktail bar and live music venue, was born in the basement of the old post office building in Reno. He was truly in his element, surrounded by family, live music, and his passion for learning all he could about the cocktail world.
Over the last several years, Eda Ozmen had gone from being a good friend to the woman that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Tristan proposed to Eda on the shores of Lake Annecy in France in June, 2015. They moved to New York City in the fall of 2017 to pursue new business interests.
On March 11, 2018, Tristan was on a helicopter which crashed into the East River in NYC killing all the passengers on board. To honor Tristan’s memory, family and friends have chosen to continue hosting the basketball camp which he had started in 2015. It is now called the Tristan Hill Blue Chip Basketball Camp.