Coach Lorayne Chandler begins her second season as the head coach at Arizona Western College after serving as the lead assistant to Jason Smith in 2014-15. Chandler also was the head coach at Gila Ridge High School for a pair of 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.
Roberto Madrigal joins Lorayne Chandler's staff this season as an assistant, but he has been a part of volleyball all of his life. He was born and raised in Sonora, Mexico and has always been motivated by sports. In college, Roberto earned a place on the Baja California University men's team where he played for two years. He studied Physical Education and Sports at Baja California University, and he graduated with honors in 2013. After graduation, Roberto played left side hitter for his state in Sonora. He is happily married to Glenda Madrigal, and the couple welcomed their first son, Gael, into the world last year.
Tagaban begins Year #9 on the Matador Volleyball coaching staff, and her 11th year as a Matador overall. 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 fifth year as the school’s Coordinator of Residential Life.