Salvador Munoz was a three-year starting quarterback for Bloomington High School whose teams he admits, lost a great deal more they won. During that time, Munoz was a three-year team captain who won team MVP honors on both offense and defense. In track and field, he ran the 400 meter, 400×4, and threw the discus. Munoz’ achievements earned him the 2016 school winner of the Ken Hubbs Award along with being named Athlete of the Year at Bloomington as well. He was a starter on the freshman basketball team and averaged eight points and five rebounds a game, but only played that one year.
Munoz says he will no longer compete in athletics, instead will concentrate on his studies this fall at Cal State San Bernardino on academic scholarship. He will take business courses with the goal of starting his own company. “I am done with sports. I had my fun in high school and now it’s time to get to work. I want to finish college as fast as I can.” Munoz said his family wanted him to keep playing football but he didn’t like the prospects. “I could have played at junior college or at a couple Division 3 schools in Kansas or Virginia but I would had to pay to play. I was not offered an athletic scholarship.”
Talking while on break from his job at McDonald’s, Munoz said he will always look back at the good memories of his Bloomington High School family. He recalled the day when a football coach from a local high school tried to lure him away from Bloomington. “The coach said he’d pay for my bus ticket back and forth to his school. I was already humbled from playing on a struggling team and that humbled me even more. I didn’t want to leave our school. I always want to be a Bruin.”
Munoz said he was aware of Bloomington’s great football history when it set national scoring records years ago on its way to winning three CIF football championships in four years. He said as quarterback, he was also needed as a full-time linebacker and safety. “I think it was the highlight of my high school career that I was able to play any position except on the line.” He led the team in total yards gained, kickoff return yardage, and led the Sunkist League in passing yards.
At 6-0, 175 pounds, Munoz also led the team in tackles. In Bloomington’s 35-14 win against Colton, he had seven tackles, passed for 189 yards and ran for another 181, with two touchdowns. In the Bruins’ 23-13 win over Pacific, he totaled 194 yards with a touchdown and had 13 tackles and an interception.
“He had all the qualities that mirrored what it takes to get the Ken Hubbs nomination,” said Bloomington HS Athletic Director Chris Brickley. “As you know our football program has been down for a few years but Salvador always brought his best effort. It doesn’t surprise me that he stayed at Bloomington when he had a chance to leave because that’s the kind of guy he is.”
Munoz began mapping his future in the 7th grade when he enrolled in Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). During his high school years he was a youth group volunteer at St. Charles Church, where he worked on the food drives. He was a assistant coach at Bloomington Little League. Like many athletes who win their school’s Hubbs Award nomination, he did not know of its impact until he arrived at the ceremonial banquet. “I felt honored to be there and it was good to learn about Ken Hubbs.”