Douglas grad back home to coach soccer
Terran (Hadlock) Newell couldn’t be happier about her new role as assistant coach for the Douglas High girls soccer team.
After all, she is returning to the same field where she enjoyed so many highlights as a three-year varsity letter winner, including Northern Nevada Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2002, when the Tigers reigned as Nevada 4A champions.
Terran, who just turned 30 in May, went on to play four seasons at the University of Nevada, capped by a championship run through the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in 2006.
On Monday during the Tigers’ annual alumni scrimmage, it didn’t appear as though she has lost a step on the field.
“My husband and I met playing coed soccer and we still play a couple of tournaments a year,” she said, smiling.
Terran and David Newell, along with their three children recently moved to Carson Valley. David Newell, a former soccer player at Reed High School, will be joining an existing dental practice in Minden in the next couple of weeks and Terran works as an independent consultant for Arbonne.
“We just wanted to raise our children in a small town,” she said of the decision to move to Carson Valley.
And Monday turned out to be a happy homecoming.
“It was fun for us; we had a blast,” Terran said. “Some of us have played together for a long time … Brit (Christen) and Andrea Bryant, we started playing together when we were 5.”
Soccer opened a door at the University of Nevada, although the Wolf Pack struggled to a 4-28 record through two seasons before turning around under new coach Teri Patraw in 2005 and ’06. As a senior in 2006, Terran’s mental and physical toughness were key for a Wolf Pack defense that allowed only 12 goals during the regular season.
Nevada swept to the WAC Tournament championship with a 4-2 win over top-seeded Fresno State at Mackay Stadium in Reno. Terran, a co-captain and midfielder for the Wolf Pack, scored a goal that put Nevada on top 3-1 in that game.
“She really leads by example,” Patraw said in a 2006 interview with the Nevada Appeal. “Terran and I are a lot alike. She can get on players when they need it. She’s a great leader that way. We’re both Type A and a little hard-headed. We say what’s on our minds. Those qualities make for a great captain.”
Added Terran before the 2006 WAC Tournament: “I’ve always taken pride in what I do. You don’t want to leave anything on the field. The big key is to have respect in each other and trust each other.”
Now, she is looking to apply those same qualities back to the Douglas program.
“I coached at Nevada (as an assistant) and Stanford (summer ID camp) and I coached an ODP team, but this is the first time I’ve coached at the high school level,” Terran said. “I’m definitely excited to be back. This is definitely a strong program with a lot of girls who know how to play soccer. This is going to be a young squad, but it’s going to be a very talented squad.”