Dr. Brister is originally from Searcy, AR. He was an honor student at Crowley Ridge College in Paragould, where he played both baseball and basketball. After finishing his Associate of Arts degree, he transferred to Harding University in Searcy to play baseball.
Dr. Brister was an Academic All-American all four years of playing collegiate sports. He graduated Magna Cum Laude at Harding University in 1996 with a major in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology.
In 2001, he completed his Master of Science Education at Harding University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 2004. After turning down offers to play at the professional level, Brister answered the call to ministry. He became a youth minister and worship leader for seven years before becoming a collegiate head baseball coach and Associate Professor of Kinesiology.
Dr. Brister still serves as a licensed minister of the gospel and led worship at a local church in Georgia. He has a heart for ministry to his players and to the world. He is highly involved in yearly mission work in the States and abroad.
Dr. Brister is married to Billie Jean Brister of Paragould and they have three children, Eden Jewell, Lily Grace and Isaiah Scott.