Jessica Livingston Bardenwas an All-American Lacrosse Player at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Her passion and love for the game, combined with good coaching and some natural skills, led her to start AZGL. We know her at AZGL and Desert Heat as the founder of this organization. We also know she is the head coach of the Chaparral Varsity Girls Lacrosse Club in Scottsdale and has lead them to three state titles. In her quest to grow lacrosse at a national level, she has served on the US Lacrosse Board of Directors and many other committees in the past. Today she serves on the US Lacrosse Youth Subcommittee, Coaches Education Committee, and Sport and Development Committee. She is also a Level 1 certified trainer in the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program. In 2010, she received the Excellence in Growing the Game award from US Lacrosse.
Tyna Murphy is originally from South Portland, Maine. She moved west and played college lacrosse at Arizona State University where she was team captain and a 1st Team all star for the WWLL her junior and senior year. She then continued as Head Coach of the Sun Devils for 5 years. During her time with the Sun Devils the team made their first appearance in the US Lacrosse WCLA National Championship Tournament where they received the Team Sportsmanship award. Tyna is also a founder of Desert heat, a Nationally rated Official, the current Local Board Chair for the AWLUA, sits on the National Umpire Committee (WGOSC) and US Lacrosse's Sport Development Committee. Tyna is also a Desert Stix coach and professionally, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach/ Personal Trainer with FasTraX Performance Training.
Coach Tracy Gallihugh played 12 years of competitive lacrosse in Michigan including four years at the NCAA D3 Level at Alma College. She was a four year center midfield starter for Alma's Women's lacrosse team. During those four years she was named 1st team all conference twice, second team all-conference once, received multiple offensive and defensive player of the week awards, was nominated for Alma College's Female Athlete of the Year twice, was nationally ranked in multiple categories (including first in the nation for goals in a season, 2014), and currently still holds four MIAA conference records. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor's in Science by dual-majoring in Integrated Physiology & Health Science and Psychology. She then moved down to Arizona where she continued her passion for lacrosse by coaching year-round at all levels across the Phoenix area. She is currently entering her second year as Head Coach at Grand Canyon University and at Horizon High School. During her first year as head coach at GCU she took the team to the WCLA National Tournament where they finished 3rd. She is looking forward to continuing to help grow the sport in Arizona. She works hard to help shape successful athletes and outstanding young adults.
Kerrilynn Gallagher Kerrilynn is originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania and she fell in love with the sport of lacrosse when she was 11 years old. She played lacrosse throughout middle school and high school as a midfielder. Despite numerous offers to play at the NCAA Division One level, she chose to continue her education at Arizona State University an played on their club team. She was a captain and two-time WWLL 1st team all-star. She was also the club president and ASU's club sports board member. In 2005 she lead ASU to the National Tournament where they were honored with the sportsmanship award. She has served on the AGLA board in Arizona and also coaches at Chaparral. You will here the girls joke about the way she says "go get some water."
Caitlin Bebout Caitlin started her lacrosse career in 2003 and attended Arizona State University where she became captain, WWLL All American and competed in the WCLA National Tournament. After graduation, she began coaching at Xavier College Preparatory, helping lead the team to two Division II State Championship titles. In 2012, Caitlin was named Coach of the Year. That same summer she was voted Assistant Coach for the WNT Team, helping represent Team Arizona at the National Tournament. In 2014, she was voted Head Coach for Team Arizona at the National Tournament.
Whitney Leavitt is originally from Hockessin, DE and found her way to St. Charles, MO to pursue her love of Field Hockey and Lacrosse where she played competitively at Lindenwood University. As a freshman, Whitney was selected as the Lions Lacrosse Team Captain and regained that honor as a Sophomore. Whitney was also awarded as Lindewood’s Most Valuable Player and earned various conference awards as well. Whitney moved to Fayetteville, AR to finish out her degree at the University of Arkansas where she created the first women’s collegiate lacrosse club in the state. Arkansas made their first appearance to the CPWLL playoffs just 7 months after evolving as a sport at the U of A. Whitney finished off her playing career at Arkansas by being selected as a US Lacrosse/IWLCA All-American Midfielder, CPWLL’s Most Valuable Midfielder, CPWLL’s First Team All-League, CPWLL’s First Team All-Conference and Arkansas’s Most Valuable Offender and Midfielder. Whitney served as the Head Coach at the University of Arkansas for two more years until she accepted the Head Coach position at Thiel College (DIII) in Greenville, PA. After a year at Thiel, Whitney moved to the eastern side of the state to pursue her career in business which then lead to taking a job in Arizona. Upon arrival in Arizona, Whitney pursued her love of the game by accepting the position of Head Coach at Gilbert High School. Whitney coached Gilbert for 3 seasons and recently stepped away to focus her efforts on the youth level. She continues to serve as a coach for Desert Heat and Desert Stix and is loving every minute of it!
Allison Hilderbrandt is originally from Pennington, NJand has recently moved to Arizona. She played Division 1 lacrosse at George Mason University in Virginia where she was a four year starter playing midfield and attack. She earned All conference honors for the CAA during her senior year and was also named to the All-CAA rookie team as a freshman. She was the leading scorer for GMU and also led the team in draw controls her senior year. She won three consecutive NJ state sectional championship titles in High School where she excelled as a midfielder. Allie has also coached numerous leagues and camps in both VA and NJ through the George Mason youth lacrosse, Trio lacrosse and Campbell lacrosse programs. Allie is currently an Assistant Coach at Desert Mountain High School and she also works full time for Yelp in Scottsdale. She is very excited to be part of women's lacrosse in Arizona.
Caitlyn O’Brien grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and played for the Desert Mountain girl’s lacrosse team. A love for the sport and the influence of great coaches allowed her to travel to tournaments with the Desert Heat team and XTeam. She was named All-American and Academic All-American, and went on to play D1 lacrosse for the George Washington University, where she majored in Business Economics and Public Policy. During her time at GW she was named to the Atlantic 10 Second Team All-Conference team as a defender and to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll. Caitlyn is an assistant coach for Desert Heat, Desert Stix, and Desert Mountain, and works full-time for Deloitte Consulting.
Lindsay Gasser was a first-team US Lacrosse/IWLCA West Region All-American and scholar-athlete at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. She finished her collegiate lacrosse career with 85 goals and 151 assists, and led the nation in assists per game for NCAA Division III in 2007. After college, Lindsay assisted with coaching the club lacrosse teams at the University of Southern California and at Arizona State University. A 2013 Oregon Law grad, she now works inathletic communications forASU.
Madi Hicks started playing lacrosse in high school at Pinnacle High School in Arizona. She also participated in Desert Heat throughout her highschool career. She was on the Woman's National Team for Team Arizona and was seclected as an all-state player. She was nominated for the Arizona all-star team from the year she started playing until graduation. After looking at schools to play lacrosse, she picked Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. She is currently playing for the Lindenwood Lions, a nationally ranked team who went to the Final Four at the NCAA II level her first year playing.
Kali is from Scottsdale, Arizona and began playing lacrosse her sophomore year of high school. She started her lacrosse career as an attack player for Notre Dame Preparatory. During her senior year, she was named AGLA All-State and was awarded Attack Player of the Year. She also played for coach Jessica Barden and coach Tyna Murphy on the Arizona Heat team during high school.
Her passion and love for the game made her decision easy to bring lacrosse to Northern Arizona University, where she studied exercise science. In 2009 she founded the NAU Women’s Lacrosse program. As a player-coach Kali discovered her passion for coaching, and committed to coaching the team full time during her last season at NAU.
Kali has been coaching for Desert Heat for three years as well as the youth program Desert StiX here in the valley. Kali was named Head Coach for the Arizona Women's National Team in 2017, and 2016 named Assistant Coach.
She is thankful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing coaching staff here at Desert Heat. She enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and fly-fishing. Her favorite sport to watch is hockey and her favorite team is the Detroit Red Wings!
Mary is a Desert Heat Alumnae and has been playing lacrosse for 9 years. She played with Desert Heat for 3 years, 4 years at Xavier and 1 year at ASU. Mary coached for Desert Heat the summer after she graduated from high school before moving on to college. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology from Barrett, The Honors College at ASU in December and her Master’s in Biology from ASU in 2017. Mary also recently completed her training and testing to become a Certified EMT. She is studying for the MCAT in January to become a neurosurgeon for the Air Force with later aspirations to become a pediatric neurosurgeon. She loves lacrosse because of how much the sport and people she met helped her grow which is why she decided to come back to coaching now that her busy schedule has calmed down.
Jo Bauswein is originally from Cleveland, OH where she started playing lacrosse at Kenston High School; and was the first female to receive a lacrosse scholarship to play in college. Jo started as a defender for three years and draw specialist for one year at Notre Dame College in Cleveland. She has coached for Laurel School in Shaker Heights, OH, The University of Utah, True Lacrosse as well as individual clinics and private lessons. Jo continues to play whenever possible and loves passing on her passion of lacrosse to others.