Coach Jessica Barden
Varsity Head Coach:
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 for 2006-2007 and the YWCA Tribute to Women Sports Leader Award in 2007. 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."
D2 Varsity Coach:
Celine grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. She began playing lacrosse when she was 8 years old with Jess’s Desert Stix program. In junior high she played for Desert Heat’s club teams. As an eighth grader, she pulled double duty, also playing and serving as captain for Horizon High School’s Junior Varsity squad.
As a freshman, Celine made the Varsity team at Horizon. Her prep career was full of honors, including opportunities to compete against some of the nation’s top high school players in major tournaments while competing on the ‘X-Team,’ an organization that handpicked players from across the country.
Celine was recognized as the defensive all-state player of the year in 2014. As well as being selected to represent Arizona at the 2014 US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament. She was heavily recruited to play on Colorado Mesa’s D-II women’s lacrosse team, but ultimately chose to attend the University of Arizona to further her academic career. As a freshman in Tucson, Celine capped off her lacrosse playing career as a starting midfielder on the Lady Lax Cats club team.
She graduated from the UA in May 2019 with a bachelors degree in Public Health. Celine now works full-time for Clinical Research FastTrack, while additionally pursuing her masters degree in public health with an emphasis on epidemiology from Benedictine University.
Strength & Conditioning Coach Jamie
Jamie is a Certified Personal Trainer, Behavior Change Coach, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist, she understands Fitness is more than a workout and Health is more than a goal---it is a lifestyle. As a military spouse, 2nd Grade Teacher, and a mother of three, she also recognize that life gets in the way sometimes. No one will take better care of yourself than you, but you have to prioritize. She has experience with clients of all ages and believes in life-long learning by keeping up with the latest fitness concepts and trends.
Jamie also has two pet chickens---Kodak and Baby. She is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan----when you are born in Pittsburgh, you don’t have a choice :). To learn more about Jamie and her company, JB Fitness, click here for her website
Performance & Therapy Coach Courtney from Efficient Movement
Efficient Movement was started in Scottsdale, Arizona 2009 with the purpose to share the team's immense passion of giving youth and adolescent athletes the opportunity to develop their athleticism drastically and decrease non-contact sports injuries substantially. They are committed to continually growing their knowledge of the movement patterns in sports by attending advanced continuing education courses every year. Her hands-on innovative methods of sports performance training and sports injury care gets superior athletic results! Visit Efficient Movement today to learn more.