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David DeSimone

Athletics

Head Tennis Coach

David DeSimone Athletics

Head Tennis Coach

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Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa
Alma Mater: Kalamazoo College

David DeSimone was officially announced as Concordia University's head men's and women's tennis coach in February 2019. He also serves in an athletic fund development role.

DeSimone jumped into the fire during the 2019 season and helped lead the Bulldog women to a 15-6 overall mark (program record for wins in a season) and a GPAC tournament runner up finish. As a result, DeSimone earned GPAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year honors. Meanwhile, the men's team went 10-10 overall and reached the conference postseason semifinals. A total of 13 Bulldogs collected some form of All-GPAC recognition in 2019 and the men's team shared the national lead for number of NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Before the 2020 season was shut down, Concordia had posted records of 6-3 on the women's side and 6-4 on the men's side.

The 2020-21 campaign was a thrilling one for Bulldog Tennis as both the men and women jumped out to 5-0 GPAC records. While going 6-1 in the GPAC and tying for first place, the Concordia women claimed a GPAC championship for the first time in program history. Meanwhile, the men placed second in the conference and advanced to the GPAC championship match.

Since finishing his undergrad at Kalamazoo College (Mich.) in 2015, DeSimone has held several tennis coaching positions. He has served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division III Augustana College (Ill.) and worked as a Junior Development Pathway Director at Quad City Tennis Club. As a student-athlete, DeSimone also served as an assistant at the USTA Boys’ 18 and 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo. During his season with Augustana, DeSimone helped tutor a pair of all-conference players while collaborating on bringing in a highly rated class of recruits.

From June 2018 up until assuming his current position at Concordia, DeSimone worked to build up the Huskers Athletic Fund, whose membership had increased by over 900 members since August 2018. DeSimone’s tasks within athletic fund development had been varied to include managing seat and hospitality areas at sporting events and strategic communications with donors and potential donors.

DeSimone successfully balanced his commitments as a student-athlete at Kalamazoo. He played throughout the lineup during his career while garnering numerous honors, including recognition as a two-time team MVP, four-time ITA Scholar-Athlete, two-time first team all-conference member and as a team captain his senior season. DeSimone also collected many academic honors such as the Hornet Award for exceptional athletic performance, academic performance and leadership.

A native of Bettendorf, Iowa, David is married to Maddy, who works as an elementary teacher in Seward. They have a son Luca.

Bulldogs Under Coach DeSimone


MEN

2019: 10-10 Overall, 3-3 GPAC

2020: 6-4 Overall, 0-0 GPAC

2021: 10-6 Overall, 5-1 GPAC

Total:  26-20 Overall, 8-4 GPAC (3 years)

 

WOMEN

2019: 15-6 Overall, 5-2 GPAC

2020: 6-3 Overall, 0-0 GPAC

2021: 10-7 Overall, 6-1 GPAC

Total:  31-16 Overall, 11-3 GPAC (3 years)