Haussler set to lead Lady Stampede lacrosse squad |

Haussler set to lead Lady Stampede lacrosse squad

Last season the Gold Country Stampede fell on hard times, going 1-14 while being outscored 209-69.

This season, they have turned to former player Tarney Haussler to lead them back to the competitive team they were just a short time ago.

In 2010, Haussler’s last year as a player, the Lady Stampede finished the season 4-4-2 and outscored their opponents 80-65, according to

“It is a passion for me,” she said of lacrosse. “When I go to a four-year university, I will play again, but for now, I will coach.”

Haussler, 19, was first introduced to lacrosse when she was a sophomore at Nevada Union. The basketball player and track athlete took to the game, quickly helping the Gold Country Lady Stampede girls varsity team rise in its division.

“I eventually chose lacrosse over the others,” Haussler said in an email, “ … for a majority of reasons, the most prominent being that lacrosse is a sport when you can run like a cheetah hunting her prey.”

Haussler has been running camps over the summer and doing demonstrations at middle school to help generate popularity for the sport.

Haussler said she is the type of coach who emphasizes discipline and conditioning.

“I’m going to be doing the things that I wish we would have done when I was a player,” she said, “like more conditioning and a more strict approach to practice.”

She said she also wants the girls to have fun with practice and is toying with the idea of field trip practices that would include nature hikes and camping to help get the girls conditioned for the season.

Now that her playing stint with the Lady Stampede is over, Haussler attends Sierra College and hopes to eventually transfer to a four-year college to pursue one of three careers in neuroscience, physical/forensic anthropology or as a pilot in the coast guard.

Registration is currently open for athletes interested in lacrosse. For information, visit or contact Haussler at

To contact Sports Writer Walter Ford, call (530) 477-4232 or email him at

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