Volleyball - Assistant Coach
E-Mail: Jennifer Tagaban
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.