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2015 Volleyball

Lorayne Chandler

Volleyball - Head Coach

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Coach Lorayne Chandler begins her first year as the head coach at Arizona Western College after serving on Jason Smith’s staff last season. Chandler also was the head coach at Gila Ridge High School for the past two seasons. Coach Chandler grew up in Tuleta, Texas and graduated from Pettus High School in 2005 before going on to attend Richland College in Dallas, Texas, where she played volleyball for two years. Coach Chandler transferred to Texas A&M, where she graduated in 2009. In 2010, Coach Chandler attended Texas Christian University, where she gained experience as an administrative assistant for the TCU Volleyball team. Chandler is NFHS Certified and USA Volleyball Impact certified.


Kelsey Hull

Volleyball - Assistant Coach

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After an outstanding collegiate career, Kelsey Hull has jumped straight into coaching. Hull played for Sonoma State University and helped the team to regional appearances all four years she played. She was an All-American three times, All-Conference four times, the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Female Athlete of the Year, the CCAA's Conference Most Valuable Player, Sonoma State's Female Athlete of the Year and made the All-Tournament team at the National Tournament. This past winter, she played volleyball in Europe and will bring that experience to Arizona Western College. Hull coached club volleyball while playing at Sonoma State, and she helped coach the spring season at Dickinson State University in North Dakota.


Amy Jensen

Volleyball - Assistant Coach

With a passion for volleyball and a love of the community, Amy Jensen is excited to play an active role as an assistant coach to the Lady Matador Volleyball program this season. Born and raised in Yuma, Amy played as a right-side hitter at Cibola High School graduating in 2003. Following graduation Jensen went on to play on a 3rd level national team in Wavre/Limal, Belgium while she was there as an Rotary International exchange student. Following her study abroad, Jensen was recruited by then coach James Finley, playing for the Lady Matadors in the 2004 and 2005 seasons as a defensive specialist and right side hitter respectively. Though her playing career ended there, Jensen went on to graduate from Northern Arizona University with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and currently works full-time as a Realtor in the Yuma area, but she still finds the time to get on the court whenever possible.

Jennifer Tagaban

Jennifer Tagaban

Volleyball - Assistant Coach

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Tagaban begins Year #8 on the Matador Volleyball coaching staff, and her tenth year as a Matador overall.  What’s amazing is that Tagaban has never been part of a Matador Volleyball team that didn’t at least reach the Region I Finals.  Her Matador career started in 2002 as a student-athlete, when the Pomona, California, native signed with the Mats after becoming a dominating starting setter for two years at Cibola High School, earning All-Southwest Region honors as a senior.  As a Lady Matador, Tagaban showed then-Lady Matadors’ Head Volleyball Coach James Finley what a quick study she was, and went from the Lady Matadors’ bench to his starting lineup as a sophomore, earning All-ACCAC Honorable Mention honors her second year.  Tagaban’s teams as a Matador player were carbon copies of each other, since the ’02 & ’03 Lady Mats each won a Region I title, earned an NJCAA Tournament berth and finished 7th in the nation.  That was the end of Tagaban’s playing career, since she focused solely on academics (after getting her Associate’s degree from AWC) at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2006.  It wasn’t long after she received her diploma that her college coaching career began, thanks to the offer she took from Jason Smith to return home to Yuma and become his assistant.  Besides her two years playing at AWC, Tagaban also knows the volleyball floor at ‘The House’ well from her three years of playing club volleyball for Club Salsa under Finley and former Lady Matadors’ Head Volleyball Coach Kerry Messersmith on the same court.  In addition to her volleyball duties at AWC, Tagaban begins her 4th year as the school’s Coordinator of Residential Life. 

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