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The in­ter­na­tional pop­u­lar­ity of vol­ley­ball has con­trib­uted in­di­rectly to the Farm­ing­ton High School pro­gram. Both for­mer coach Mar­shall Ward and first-year head coach Mike Howard picked up finer points of learn­ing and teach­ing skills es­sen­tial to ex­cel at the game un­der the tute­lage of a pair of for­mer Arkansas univer­sity in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

Ju­liana Todes­can grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil and moved to the United States in 2003. She earned NAIA honor­able men­tion All-Amer­i­can hon­ors in 2004 and 2005 while com­plet­ing her un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies at John Brown Univer­sity. She earned her Master’s in Span­ish Lit­er­a­ture at the Univer­sity of Arkansas, then went on to pur­sue a Ph.D. at the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico in Al­bu­querque, New Mex­ico.

Lithua­nia na­tive Giedre Tar­nauskaite came to Amer­ica in 2001 to play out­side hit­ter at Jef­fer­son Col­lege in Mis­souri, trans­fer­ring after two years to Arkansas State. She led the Red Wolves to 46 wins in two years, earn­ing sec­ond-team All-Sun Belt hon­ors in 2003 and Sun Belt Player of the Year ac­co­lades as a se­nior in 2004 after lead­ing ASU to a share of the Sun Belt’s East Divi­sion cham­pi­onship. She was also named AVCA honor­able men­tion all-re­gion and aca­demic all-dis­trict as a se­nior.

Tar­nauskaite earned a de­gree in in­ter­na­tional busi­ness from Arkansas State in 2005, spent six years after grad­u­a­tion work­ing in Fayet­teville, as a le­gal as­sis­tant for a prose­cu­tor and coach­ing in the Ozark Vol­ley­ball Club. She is now in her third year as as­sis­tant coach with the Univer­sity of Mon­tana vol­ley­ball pro­gram and serves as re­cruit­ing co­or­di­na­tor for the Griz­zlies.

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