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Men's Basketball Coaches Profiles  

Henry Viveros, Head Coach

(760) 773-2591
Coach Viveros began his first year as head coach after assisting the 2004/2005 year's elite eight playoff team.  Coach joined COD after 10 years as head coach at Indio High School.  Coach Viveros led the Rajahs to two Desert Valley Conference titles and 7 CIF play-off appearances during his tenure.  Henry was named Desert Valley League Coach of the Year three times, including the 2002-2003 season.  An Indio native, Coach Viveros played at both Indio High School and College of the Desert before earning his degree at Long Beach State University.

Jerry Carmona, Assistant Coach
(760) 773-2591
Coach "JC" is entering his fourth season here at College of the Desert.  Since his arrival Jerry has been instrumental in reestablishing College of the Desert's high school "Summer Leagues."  The 'Desert' now hosts a high school boy's and girl's high school "Summer League" featuring 13 different schools from the surrounding area.  Jerry also works closely in the background coordinating basketball camps and our annual "Tip Off" Frank Garcia Men's Basketball Tournament. In the early 1980's, under Head Coach Frank Garcia, Jerry assisted the COD's Women's Basketball team to the Southern California State Championship game.  Also, while attending Long Beach State, Jerry worked for legendary coach Tex Winter.  A COD graduate, Jerry has a BA in Political Science and a Level II Clear Special Education Teaching Credential teaching children with severe disabilities.

Skip Parry , Assistant Coach
Coach Skip is entering his first year as assistant coach for the men's basketball team.  Born in Salt Lake City, Skip spent much of his youth moving between states, living in California, Arizona, Texas, Tennessee and then Arizona again before settling in Washington state in the late 60’s.
After high school, he served in the U. S. Army for six years with distinction earning a Meritorious Service Medal. He began his post-military years by attending Leeward community college in Hawaii before moving back to Washington state and attending Walla Walla Community College. He went on to earn a degree in Drama with an Acting emphasis from the University of Washington. Over the course of 10 years he pursued a career as an actor both in Seattle and Los Angeles, and Boise Idaho where he performed in the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. He was a member of the Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theater Company located in Burbank before returning to his true passion, basketball, in 1994.
He has coached at several high schools in the San Gabriel Valley including Cantwell- Sacred Heart of Mary, La Salle, West Covina, and most recently, South Pasadena where he guided the Tigers to a 13-15 record, a San Gabriel High School Tournament championship and a CIF playoff appearance. In between West Covina and South Pasadena Skip coached at Chaffey College where he assisted Gary Plunkett with the Lady Panthers Basketball team. The Panthers won 20 or more games for three consecutive seasons, had numerous tournament championships over the course of those three years, as well as three consecutive playoff appearances.
After earning his degree from UW, Skip has continued his education, attending Cal State L.A., where he earned a teaching credential in P.E. He is currently working towards completing his Masters in P.E.
Skip would like to thank the following three coaches: Coach Art Wilmore, Coach Steve Goldstein, and Coach Gary Plunkett. Each coach has been instrumental in his development as a person and as a coach. He would particularly like to extend his deepest thanks to the Women’s Coach at Chaffey College, Gary Plunkett, for giving him the opportunity to be a part of the Chaffey Athletic Family and introducing him to coaching at the collegiate level.
Ken Simonds, Assistant Coach
(760) 408-4651
Ken Simonds is beginning his first year as an assistant for the Roadrunner’s basketball program.  He has had the opportunity to work with many top high school coaches throughout the Southern California area during his 13-year coaching career.
Ken’s most recent position was a nine-year stint as head coach for Marywood-Palm Valley High School. During his tenure with the Firebirds, he won four league championships and three times was named the Majestic League coach of the year;  while guiding them to eight playoff appearances and reaching the quarter finals twice.
Ken has worked with all levels of basketball in the Coachella Valley for the past 11 years.  Prior to being at MWPV, Ken worked with the girls’ team at Palm Desert High School.  He has also organized and assisted many camps throughout the valley, and facilitated youth leagues within the Family YMCA of the Desert.
Ken and his wife, Morraika have been married for 11 years.  He as a step-daughter, Natalie, 19 and sonKainan, 10 and daughter Samantha, 9.  He is looking forward to working with Coach Viveros and his staff this year.
Julius Lang, Assistant Coach
Julius Lang enters his first year season of coaching for College of the Desert.  As an alumni player for two years he comes to us from Kansas City, Missouri, where he played for Hogan Prep Academy High School as All State and All Conference.
He is two time MVP for College of the Desert.  Julius was First Team All Foothill Conference and member of a College of the Desert Conference Championship team.  Julius then went on to play for Bluefield State College of West Virginia under scholarship.
He enjoys giving back to the community and continues to pass on his knowledge and skills of the game to the next wave of basketball players for the future.  Julius has three beautiful children; Julissa Lang, 9; Ju'elz Lang, 4; and Josiah, 1 year old.
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David Garcia, Statistician
David Garcia is the Men's Basketball Statistician. David has worked under Coach Viveros the past 15 years.  David started at Indio High School and moved over to College of the Desert with Coach Viveros. David hails from Brawley, CA, then moved to the Coachella Valley in 1983.v David has assisted with summer leagues and travels with the team during the season.  David has also coached Varsity Baseball in the past.  David has one son, two daughters, five grandchildren with another grandchild on the way.  David currently resides in Bermuda Dunes and works for Vintage Association as a Resource Supervisor.

Bill Grotenrath, Strength Coach - ACSM, NSCA
Bill began at College of the Desert as a volunteer in the fall of 2000 and has been acting as our Strength Coach since 2001.  He has been involved in weight training for over 40 years, he competed in Olympic lifting, Powerlifting and was a State and National champion in the Masters Division besides also officiating in ADFPA, AAU, and USAPL events for many years.  Bill also works with individual students, men and women, on enhancing their general physical fitness and specific strength goals.