Russ Buller enters his fourth season as the strength and conditioning coach at Tulane but begins his first campaign as the Wave's Director of Strength and Conditioning (Olympic Sports). Buller will head up the strength and conditioning efforts for baseball, men's and women's tennis and golf.
Buller has seen the strength and conditioning efforts from the perspective of an athlete and trainer, competing in track and field while an undergraduate at LSU while earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Physiology.
The Westlake, La. native enjoyed a very successful career, starting with his time at LSU and finishing in 2008 with a fourth place showing at the USA Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. From 2000-08, Buller was ranked among the top-10 pole vaulters in the USA, reaching the #3 ranking in 2006. That season, he won the USA Outdoor championship with a vault of 5.80-meters, defeating reigning Olympic silver medalist Toby Stevenson for the title.
Twice an Olympic Trials finalist, Buller was an alternate on the 2008 USA Olympic Team. He competed at such international competitions as the Track and Field World Cup, the Pan-American Games, the World University Games and the World Championships. Buller's best international finish came at the 2003 Pan American Games where he took the silver medal.
While a collegiate at LSU, Buller won a pair of Penn Relay Championships - becoming just the second man to clear 18-feet at the prestigious event - and claimed All-American honors five times in the event. He left LSU as the Indoor (5.80m) and Outdoor (5.71m) school record holder and claimed a pair of SEC Indoor titles and four SEC Outdoor championships. A two-time All-American sprinter, as well, Buller ran the lead leg on a pair of NCAA bronze medal 4x100-meter relay squads. In the classroom, he was an LSU Dean's List and Directors Cup Award winner, while also earning a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll during his time in the Purple and Gold.
His professional career has included stops as the Head Track and Field coach at McNeese State University and a resident athlete/volunteer strength, speed and conditioning coach at the USA Olympic Training Center in San Diego. Buller also spent time as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the San Diego Padres Organization. He has also worked as the director of fitness, nutrition and wellness for "Cooking Light Magazine's" Lifestyle Cruises publication that is produced by Time, Inc.
Buller received his Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from LSU. Buller resides in New Orleans with his wife, Dana Ellis-Buller, a former Olympic pole vaulter, who is in her second year of residency in Dermatology at Tulane, and their daughter, Zoë Blayze Buller, who was born Feb 2, 2013.