Corona Del Mar girls lacrosse coach Aly Simons will resign at the end of this lacrosse season. The announcement was made on Tuesday after the Sea Queens’ game against Beckman.
“I love being part of the CdM community and I feel like by being their coach they’ve invited me into their worlds. I’m going to miss the girls of course. I’m going to miss an excuse to be outside every day. Mostly the girls and the coaching staff,” Simons said.
Simons, who is in her 10th year as the Sea Queens’ coach, has led the Sea Queens into the playoffs each season and has compiled a record of 120-58 as their head coach. She was named Orange County girls lacrosse coach of the year in 2012, the same year she guided the Sea Queens to the county championship finals. Simons has also coached at UC Irvine and was an assistant coach at Chapman.
“I think my favorite moment across the board is when I get to interact with the alumni who have graduated through the program and just stay connected with them. Two days ago Audrey Dowd came to the field and I got an invitation in the mail to go to her bridal shower. Things like that to me are the biggest memories,” Simons said.
Simons has two young kids at home – a two-year-old daughter Cooper and a six-month-old son Clark. Simons said she decided this was going to be her final one last summer, but told the team on Tuesday.
Beckman girls lacrosse coach Tim Duchene said after Tuesday’s game between Beckman and CdM that he has the utmost respect for Simons.
Mater Dei coach Cressita Bowman, who coached Team OC with Simons, is just one more of the many who will miss her.
“Aly’s awesome. She’s done a great job with the CdM program. That’s unfortunate that she’s leaving, but I wish her the best and she’s got her growing family, so good for her,” Bowman said after Friday’s game.
Simons said that the program is in good hands with assistant coaches Jackie Grabowski, Jessica Murray and John Stuart.