Varsity Head Coach Jessica Barden:
Jessica was a captain and All-American Lacrosse Player at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She started playing the sport for the first time as a freshman in college but quickly learned that her basketball skills transitioned easily into the game of lacrosse and she has never looked back.
Barden boasts a lengthy list of accomplishments and honors. Since 2002, she has held the head coach position of the four-time state champions, Chaparral Varsity Girls Lacrosse Club. In 2004, she founded and still manages AZ Girls Lacrosse, LLC, a league for girls in grades K-9. In addition to starting a program for the youth in 2004, she also founded Arizona Storm, Arizona's first and only post-collegiate team. She co-founded Desert Heat, a competitive traveling team to help girls be exposed to more opportunities outside of Arizona and Pink Empowered a non-profit to help support players who need more assistance to play the game.
She has received other formal recognition, including the Women’s Sports Association Community Leader of the Year Award and the YWCA Tribute to Women Sports Leader Award. From 2004 to 2008, she was on the Executive Committee of the AGLA. She has served on the US Lacrosse Board of Directors and continues to serve on several on-going committees with USL. She also served on the Arizona Chapter US Lacrosse Board of Directors.
US Lacrosse recognized her with the 2010 Excellence in Growing the Game award. This award is for an individual who supports the US Lacrosse mission and vision, working effectively and tirelessly to develop lacrosse in a particular geographic area. She was also recently on the cover of the US Lacrosse Magazine in 2012 as "One of the Top 10 People Changing Youth Lacrosse Now."
"Knowing and working with Jessica reminds us why we do what we do at US Lacrosse," said Mary Cate Slay, US Lacrosse manager of youth development. "She embodies the spirit, honor and growth of this game for young women and is a natural leader for all who are lucky enough to work directly or indirectly with her. She has volunteered countless hours at the local and national levels and we are proud to add her name to the past decade of Youth Award recipients."
"I am continually amazed at her enthusiasm and commitment to growing the sport in Arizona," said Marie Baca, US Lacrosse Arizona (former) chapter president. "While Jessica’s love and commitment to the game is evidenced on paper, nothing beats seeing the amazing interaction she has with players, parents and fellow lacrosse coaches."
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D2 Varsity Head Coach, Tucker Quayle
Coach Tucker has been coaching lacrosse for five seasons. He was the D2 head coach in 2022 and continues to coach women's lacrosse. Growing up in the DC metro area, He was a Center midi and has always had a passion for the game. Coach Tucker has two daughters in the Chaparral lacrosse program and a 2-year-old daughter who hopefully follows suit. Coach Tucker is a Level 3 certified coach by USA Lacrosse.
JV Head Coach, Arnie Zucker
Coach Arnie has been coaching lacrosse since 2011, starting first with boys when his son Ben started playing and then in 2012 with girls when his daughters Claire and Sarah started playing. The family loved the sport and all have stayed involved, including 2 playing collegiate club lacrosse and having a blast. Arnie coached in Cincinnati, Ohio until moving to Phoenix in 2015. He coached in the Desert Stix organization from 2016 to 2020 and coached many of the girls who are now coming to Chaparral. Arnie has coached the JV team at Chaparral since the 2021 season. Arnie’s goal is to create a fun and supportive team learning environment where the girls learn to love the sport while developing both lacrosse and personal skills as well as friendships that will last outside of lacrosse. Coach Arnie is a Level 1 certified coach by USA Lacrosse.
JV Assistant Coach, Josh Longbottom
Josh Longbottom started playing lacrosse in Vienna Virginia when he was 12 years old and has been involved in the sport ever since. Josh was a captain for both his teams at James Madison High School and Arizona State University. Josh has been coaching in the valley since 2009 and is a member of the Scottsdale United Lacrosse Board of Directors. He has coached every group in the boy's program from ages 6-14. Josh started his girl's lacrosse coaching with Chaparral in 2022 as an assistant with the JV team. Coach Josh is a Level 2 certified coach by USA Lacrosse.