Aug. 11, 2009
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force track and field head coach Ralph Lindeman announced the hiring of Julie Stackhouse and Maj Jason Zarb-Cousin, to the Falcons' coaching staff. Stackhouse will coach the sprints and horizontal jumps, while Zarb-Cousin will assist head cross country coach, Juli Benson, with the distance runners and serve as an assistant coach for the Air Force cross country.
Stackhouse joins the Academy staff after spending four years at the University of North Florida, where she oversaw the sprints, hurdles, jumps and combined event athletes. Stackhouse became the Osprey's first full-time assistant coach in 2005, as the program began its transition from Division II to Division I. In 2006, she guided UNF's Emily Kohler to the A-Sun Female Field Event Athlete of the Year.
Prior to joining North Florida's staff, Stackhouse spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Furman, her alma mater. While an athlete for the Paladins, she was a two-time Southern Conference champion in the 800-meter run. As a senior, she set school records in the heptathlon, 800-meter run and as a member of the 4x800-meter relay, while competing in six additional events.
A native of Hayesville, N.C., Stackhouse collected five All-Southern Conference selections and was a member of the Furman cross country team that won the 2000 Southern Conference championship title. Stackhouse graduated from Furman in 2001 with a degree in health and exercise science, before earning a master's degree in the same field from Furman in 2002.
"We're really excited to add Julie to our coaching staff," Lindeman said. "She brings a terrific enthusiasm and will have a significant impact on the success of our entire program. She's very versatile and we're looking forward to her fresh ideas for coaching and training athletes in the sprints and horizontal jumps."
Zarb-Cousin, a 1999 graduate of the Air Force Academy, returns to his alma mater after spending the past four seasons as an assistant track and cross country coach at Loyola Marymount University, while stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base.
Prior to his stint at LMU, he assisted the cross country and track teams at Fort Collins High School in Fort Collins, Colo., including the nationally ranked boys' cross country team that won the 2004 5A state title.
A native of Colorado Springs, Zarb-Cousin was a letterwinner for the Falcons' track team as middle distance runner. He graduated from the Academy with a degree in basic sciences and earned a master's in physical education/kinesiology from Northern Colorado.
"We've had our eye on Jason for several years and have been anxious to bring him back to USAFA," Lindeman said. "He fills a unique niche in our program, as an Air Force officer and one with coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level."
Stackhouse and Zarb-Cousin will join an Air Force coaching staff that includes Lindeman (combined events), Scott Irving (throws), Scott Steffan (vertical jumps) and Benson (distance).