Arizona Western’s success on the Volleyball court has been a long tradition, now extended for five seasons under Head Coach Lorayne Chandler. Under Chandler’s guidance, the Lady Matadors have appeared in three Region I Championship Matches, winning two, and earning one appearance in the NJCAA Tournament with a District Championship. The Lady Mats have yet to have a losing season under Chandler while simultaneously excelling in the classroom by earning NJCAA All-Academic distiction as a team four times.
That continued level of success garnered Chandler a spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 30 Under 30 coaches in 2017. She has coached an NJCAA First Team All-American and the ACCAC Player of the Year in Mafe Sandoval in 2016 and ACCAC Libero of the Year Neylishian Roman Concepcion in 2018. Chandler also established a standard for helping players continue their collegiate careers after AWC by helping an impressive seven players signed with four-year schools in 2016. In 2018-19, that number jumps to all eight sophomores moving onto four-year schools to play volleyball.
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.