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Women's Golf Coaches

Joe Simonds, Head Coach

Dave Melton, Assistant Coach 

Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Bethesda, Maryland.  Graduated from Bethesda Chevey-Chase High School in 1955.  Attended the University of Maryland when education was interrupted by a stint in the United States Navy.  Stationed in Jacksonville, Fla.  Served aboard the two aircraft carriers the USS Intripid and the USS Forrestal.

After honorable discharge, returned to University of Maryland where I was recruited by Riggs National Bank for the Senior Management Program.  Came to California in 1965 to join United California Bank to set up Installment Loan Program.  While there, graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle, Washington.  Spent 40 years in the banking industry before retiring in 2000.

Moved to Palm Desert and began teaching golf at the Simonds Golf Academy, Junior Golf Academy of the Desert and the Woodhaven Golf Academy.  Coached the Palm Desert Middle golf team for two years.  For the past 4 years have been the assistant coach for the COD Women's golf team.

Community service includes 25 years as a life member of the Rotary Club of Westlake Village, Calif., currently a member of the Outreach program with St. Margaret's Episcopal Church FIND (Food in Need of Distribution).  For the past 10 years I have volunteered at James Carter Elementary School teaching Math and Reading in the 3rd grade.

Looking forward to continuing to build a strong Women's golf program at COD.