GIEDRE TARNAUSKAITE | ASSISTANT COACH
The 2017 season is Giedre Tarnauskaite’s second year as an assistant coach with the Montana volleyball program. She serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
Tarnauskaite, of Kaunas, Lithuania, previously spent two years as the lead assistant at Pacific (Ore.) University, following one season as a volunteer assistant at the University of Portland.
Tarnauskaite, who competed as an outside hitter, left her home country in 2001 to play in the U.S. at Jefferson (Mo.) College. After two years she transferred 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, who earned a degree in international business from Arkansas State in 2005, spent six years after graduation working in Fayetteville, Ark., as a legal assistant for a prosecutor and coaching in the Ozark Volleyball Club before moving to the Pacific Northwest to pursue coaching as a profession.
In addition to her college coaching experiences, she also worked for the Athena Volleyball Academy in Portland.
Tarnauskaite won multiple Lithuanian national championships with her junior club team and played for two years on the country’s junior national team. She was chosen at the age of 16 to play for Kaunas’s women’s club team, which gave her the opportunity to play at tournaments throughout Europe.
In 2000, she and Raimonda Strielkauskaite finished seventh at the European Junior Beach Volleyball Championships in Germany.
DANA CRANSTON | ASSISTANT COACH
The 2017 season is Dana Cranston’s first year as an assistant coach with the Montana volleyball program.
Cranston was hired in February 2017 after spending one season as a volunteer assistant at her alma mater, Colorado State. The Rams won 21 matches and advanced to their 22nd consecutive NCAA tournament in 2016.
A native of Fort St. John, B.C., Cranston, who competed for CSU as an outside hitter from 2009-12, developed into one of the top players in Colorado State history.
She earned All-Mountain West Conference honors as a junior and senior, and in 2012 was named the league’s Player of the Year. Cranston was voted a Capital One Academic All-American as a senior, a third-team all-American and team MVP.
The Rams went 96-25 in four years with Cranston on the roster. They won three outright Mountain West championships, shared another and advanced to the NCAA tournament four times, where they picked up wins over Cal State Fullerton, Middle Tennessee State, Oregon and Washington.
Cranston spent five years in the Team Canada system, much of it alongside former Griz standout Jaimie Thibeault. They were teammates on Canada’s national team that represented its country for three summers of international competitions.
During that time, Cranston also played professionally in both France and Germany.
Cranston, who earned a degree in business administration from Colorado State in 2013, is married to Nic Hallisey.