Tori Ristau is in her sixth year as the assistant coach for the Rochester Community and Technical College volleyball team. A Preston, Minnesota, native, Tori brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Yellowjacket bench. She has previous experience coaching Fillmore Central and Kenyon-Wanamingo Junior Olympic volleyball teams. As well, she has coached for the Rochester Youth Volleyball Association’s Southern Minnesota Volleyball program. She has previous experience as a RYVA board member and helps with the VolleyTot and Miniball programs. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota.
Tori was previously a Yellowjacket volleyball player, where she helped lead the Yellowjackets to a 48-12 record over her two-year career. Throughout her Rochester Community and Technical College coaching career, she has helped Coach Zitzow lead the Yellowjackets to a 115-42 record. During the 2014 Season, the Yellowjackets held the No. 1 national ranking, were MCAC Conference Co-Champions, NJCAA Region XIIIA Champions, and placed third at the NJCAA National Tournament. It was the first time the team returned to the National Tournament in 14 years. In 2015, Tori and Zitzow continued their success by holding the No. 1 national ranking numerous times, were MCAC Conference Champions, NJCAA Region XIIIA Champions and NJCAA DIII National Champions. This was the first National Championship for the Yellowjacket Volleyball Program. Coach Ristau has helped produce numerous MCAC Players of the Week, several MCAC All-Division athletes, All-MCAC Conference athletes, MCAC Southern Conference Player of the Year, MCAC All-Academic athletes, NJCAA National Players of the Week, NJCAA All-Americans and AVCA All-Americans.
“Not only do I enjoy teaching the skills and strategies of volleyball, but I enjoy being a mentor for the young ladies as they begin or continue on their collegiate journey. It is great to be a part of the winning legacy of Yellowjacket volleyball, and I continuously look forward to helping our athletes with the goals and obstacles of being elite collegiate athletes.”