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#199 Ritchie Lafrate, Class of 1992-93
(Liberal Arts and Advertising and Marketing classes)

I attended College of the Desert during my senior year at Palm Desert High School and played football for the College during the fall of '91 & '92. We had a great season my sophomore year. I am currently finishing my elementary education degree through University of Phoenix, and still to this day know that some of the professors at the College provided me the best education of all. The athletics program gave me a foundation from which my future students will benefit. I am a football coach for both high school and youth programs and can attest that Coach Dean Dowty is the best coach I have ever known, played for and worked with! Student athletes who have the privilege to play for the Roadrunners are truly blessed to learn from the best in the business. I learned important life and education lessons from Coach Dowty. The experience at this school is second to none. I am proud to know that it lives in my home town of Palm Desert, California.