INTERNATIONAL TIES RUN THROUGH FARMINGTON
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.