Coach of the Month: Hannah Stolba

Where do you live?

This is by far the most complicated question. This week, I am at my house in Minneapolis, but in a few days I will leave for four months in New Zealand. I have been living in Oakland, California for the last five months while I was coaching the All Blues.


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Tell us a little about your playing days? What positions did you play?

I was playing basketball in college and got talked into going to a rugby practice in the spring of my freshman year. I started as a lock in 2001 at Northern Iowa and then transferred to Minnesota State Mankato where I ended up playing back row for a couple of spring seasons. I played for the Minnesota U-23s and Midwest U-23s as a lock/backrower for a few years before the Minnesota Valkyries coach, Barb Fugate, saw me kick. From there, I quickly found the #10 jersey. I went to New Zealand as a flyhalf with the US U-23s before my senior year of basketball and then played flyhalf for most of my career after that. I also spent some time at fullback and have played a bit at center as well. Over the course of my career, I played with the Valks for six years, spent a season with the All Blues, and then spent eight years in Denver with the different iterations of Glendale. I was on two World Cup Squads (2010 and 2014). I also spent two years (2016 & 2019) playing in New Zealand for Otago in the FPC, and my last season was 2019-2020 in Spain with El Salvador in the División de Honor.