Women's Basketball Roster
Players and Bios
Head Women's Basketball Coach
Ken Simonds joins CMC with 20 years of coaching experience. He spent the last five seasons as the men’s assistant coach at College of the Desert under head coach Henry Viveros. Coach Simonds implemented his fast break in conjunction with Viveros offenses that led the Roadrunners to a playoff appearance in the 14-15 season. The up tempo helped them become one of the highest scoring teams in the state.
Prior to his position at COD, Ken was the head coach at Palm Valley High School in Rancho Mirage for boys’ basketball for nine seasons. Under his guidance, the Firebirds reached the playoffs in eight of his nine seasons. The school of less than one hundred became a force in their division, being a perennial top ten team almost every year. Coach Simonds was named Majestic League Coach of the Year three times in his tenure at the school and also saw many of his players all named to CIF teams.
Coach Simonds has been a resident of the Coachella Valley since 1995, and knows the low and high desert basketball culture. He looks forward to providing an opportunity for local student athletes to meet their academic goals and continue with their basketball careers in a university. Ken intends to find a blend of local talent as well as bring some talent from the outside to experience CMC and the Morongo Basin Community. Simonds is married to wife Morraika and they have four children; Natalie (24), Kainan (15), Samantha (14), and Jaxon (4).
Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
Johnette Brown was born and raised in Twentynine Palms, CA. After a successful high school career in both volleyball and basketball, she graduated in 2013 and went on to play junior college basketball at Mt. San Jacinto College in Hemet, CA. She was very successful her freshman year academically and athletically earning First Team All-Conference, and was part of the PCAC Championship team. Brown also earned many honors her sophomore year at MSJC and some of those honors included First Team All-Conference, Female Athlete of the Year, and was named a CCCAA All State Player. After graduating from MSJC in 2015 Brown was able to continue her collegiate basketball career at NCAA D2 Adams State on a full-ride scholarship. Brown graduated in 2017 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in HPPE.
She now joins the Fighting Cacti and Coach Simonds with the intention of laying a foundation for the women’s basketball program. She has a high basketball IQ and wants to help the women’s team become successful on and off the court. Her goal is to bring dedicated and hardworking girls in while we get our previous players out to continue their collegiate basketball careers. She looks forward to helping the Fighting Cacti become a successful program while also learning from the experienced coaches around her, so that one day she can become a successful college basketball coach.