Coach Stolba Returns for 2017

Hannah+Stolba+14pxdXX09V4m Stolba playing for Otago (credit: Getty Images)

Hannah Stolba will join the Stanford Rugby coaching staff for the winter and spring quarters in 2017. Stolba coached on a short term contract during 2016 and the Cardinal players are looking forward to her influence and guidance during the upcoming fifteens season. A native of Montana, Stolba joins Stanford after completing the Women’s Premier League season with the Glendale Raptors.
Stolba started playing rugby University of Northern Iowa before transferring to Minnesota State University – Mankato to play basketball. While at Mankato, she continued to pursue dual sporting goals attaining selection for the Minnesota selects, Midwest selects and USA Under 23s. After college she joined the Minnesota Valkeries and continued to pursue representative honors. Her first cap for the USA Eagles was in 2009 and she was selected the United States at the Women’s Rugby World Cups in 2010 & 2014.
Forever in search of different opportunities, Stolba has plied her trade in California, Colorado and most recently in New Zealand. The experience she has gained as a player at collegiate, club and international level will bring valuable insights to the players at Stanford.
Away from the field, Stolba enjoys long distancing hiking. In 2015, she completed the Appalachian Trail in four and a half months. While on the west coast, she is planning her next long walk along Te Araroa in New Zealand.

Stanford Rugby Unveils New Look

IMG_0524Stanford Rugby unveiled their new strip for the upcoming winter season. The strip mixes the traditions of rugby with the heritage of Stanford. The jersey shifts the block S to center of the chest and is the only adornment on the the front of the jersey. The jersey acknowledges the legacy of its alumni with the traditional shield on the left shoulder. Both cardinal and white strips will be completed with classic white shorts and socks.

Stanford Women’s Alumni

SWR Alumni Match 2016 SWR Alumni and Undergrads after the match: Credit: Emma Coleman

The Stanford Women’s alumni returned to The Farm ready to celebrate the achievements of Vix Folayan ’06 at Rio 2016. The alumni taught a lesson to the undergrads as they showed they had too much fire power for the inexperienced team. The match was played in great spirits as the undergrads kept looking for opportunities during the course of the four quarters but the alumni ran out victors.

 

Through the eyes of our undergrad – Emma Coleman:

 

It was a clear and sunny day when the rugbaes took to the field. The wind whipped the smell of burgers from the grill out onto the pitch in a taunting manner. The sun swooped its way through the sky to beat down on the ladies in White as Richard rallied the troops, stating, “yes, these alumnae are good, but they’re old! They don’t have the stamina to keep up with you!” Ohoho Richard. Funny joke indeed, you tricky minx.

For though the ladies in White pushed valiantly on against the beating tide led by their former comrades, the day resulted in a loss. 54 to 5 to be exact. The most stinging betrayals were scored by Chelsea in the eighth minute of the game, and Maya in the sixteenth. Those traitors pretended to be on our side a few mere months ago, learning our ways and plays, only to stab us in the back, or in the appendix, as TayTay experienced. Shameless apostates.

Vix Folayan Returns to Steuber StadiumTo conclude the game, Josh delivered unto Vix a plaque commemorating her achievements as a rugby goddess, and she was then ascended into heaven on a chariot of angels singing the SWR fight song in perfect vibrato.

Reviews of the match are as follows:

“I feel like I was assaulted with a baseball bat EOM” –Hooker Kathryn Treder

“I never want to be hit by an Olympian again. I hate everything.” –Number 8, Michaela Derby

“Where is my appendix.” –Number 9, Olivia Tayback

A joyous day for all, truly. We thank the alumnae for their continued presence to keep us humble and full of aspiration to one day be as good as them.