Those familiar with Marshfield athletics certainly recognize the special talents of standout athlete Tiffany Stargardt. But this story goes way beyond her game.
One of Marshfield’s greatest volleyball players ever, Stargardt is now second only to present Tigers record holder Dani Carlson in both digs and kills with more than 1,000 each. Unanimous first team All-Wisconsin Valley Conference honors the past two seasons are just a few of the many awards the talented athlete has accrued.
Coupled with her basketball career, it’s understandable why she’s so highly regarded in the community. Yet as marvelously as she’s performed athletically, those who know her best say that’s only frosting on a career that’s been so exemplary in so many other ways.
“As great a player as Tiffany is, she’s an even greater person,” Marshfield volleyball coach Dawn Sadowska said. “I know it’s cliche but she truly is. She’s worked passionately with our young underclassmen to get and keep them involved in our program while imparting to them the importance of offseason work and cohesiveness which makes her largely responsible for the very special ‘togetherness’ this years team had.”
Tigers basketball coach Heidi Michaelis echoed those sentiments.
“Tiffany is an outstanding team leader who is usually always assigned to guard their team’s best offensive player with no real concern for any individual recognition,” Michaelis said. “A tireless worker with a motor that never quits who almost never leaves the court. Tiff is one of those exceptional athletes who could excel in any number of sports, who is also one special person.”
Those words clearly ring true when taking note of Stargardt’s many off-court endeavors, such as involvements with Marshfield’s Rotary Winter Wonderland, the National Honor Society and numerous local sports camps. With such an ultra-busy lifestyle, it’s logical her outside interests would be somewhat curtailed.
“I don’t watch much TV, just too busy,” she said. “I do enjoy singing and playing guitar and when time allows. I love being outside, playing sports, working out or just hanging with friends. In the summer, I like going to my cabin to ski, wakeboard and tube.”
Daughter of Jerry and Sandy Stargardt, she has an older brother Tyler who is a licensed pilot.
“I’ve flown with him several times and during this holiday season he’s doing some flights over the awesome Rotary Wonderland which I’m really looking forward to,” she said excitedly.
Tiffany’s dad is a custodian at Marshfield High School and her mom is a hairstylist.
“I should never have a bad hair day, right? But if someone suggests I do, I have the luxury of saying, ‘Blame my mom. It’s gotta be her fault,'” she joked, smiling from ear-to-ear. “I see my dad often at school, which is really neat because that gives us more opportunities to talk than we might otherwise have.”
Stargardt, whose favorite subject is math and favorite sports teams are the Penn State volleyball squad and Green Bay Packers, plans on enrolling at Viterbo University this fall where she will continue her volleyball career as a V-Hawk. With a major not yet fully decided, she hinted her long range plans might include eventually becoming an elementary school teacher. And who of us would be surprised if a coaching position was also in the works for this dedicated student of the game?