May 31, 2013

Muñoz Named Alverno Volleyball Coach

MILWAUKEE -- The Alverno College Department of Athletics has announced that Jimmy Muñoz has been hired as the Inferno's new women's volleyball head coach.

Muñoz spent last season as an assistant coach at Division I Bradley University, and was head coach at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., prior to his stint with the Braves. While at Bradley, he was primarily in charge of the Braves' defense and middles and guided the team to its best digs and blocks per set averages in five years.

"In a really deep and talented candidate pool, Jimmy really stood out," Director of Athletics Brad Duckworth said. "His passion for coaching and his competitive spirit will be a huge asset for our program. I am confident under Jimmy's leadership our volleyball program will head in the right direction in the very near future."

In 2011, his only season at Umpqua, Muñoz led the Riverhawks to a 19-25 finish after inheriting a program that went 7-33 in '10. His '11 Riverhawks qualified for the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges postseason for the first time in program history with a 3-7 conference record -- good for more league wins that season than the previous five seasons combined (2).

"I am truly honored to be named the next women's volleyball head coach at Alverno College," Muñoz said. "Throughout the interview process, I was very impressed with the family environment everyone on campus portrayed. The amount of support Brad and the rest of the athletic department have for every sport is unbelievable and wonderful. I am looking forward to working for Alverno College and becoming part of the Inferno family."

A California native, Muñoz coached at the high school level for eight years in his home state. He served as head girls' volleyball coach at Mater Dei High School from '07-10 and concurrently coached the boys' team for his final two years at his alma mater.

As the '09 conference coach of the year, he led the boys' squad to the California Division 2 State title and a 46-22 record in two seasons. At the helm of the girls' program, he helped the Monarchs to a California State quarterfinal appearance in his first season with the team.

Muñoz spent the four previous seasons at Los Alamitos High School. After he served a year as an assistant coach, he was then promoted to head coach for his final three seasons and led the program to a 95-14 record in that span. A three-time coach of the year selection, Muñoz led the Griffins to a pair of back-to-back Division 1 state titles in '05 and '06.

Muñoz is a '05 graduate of California State University Long Beach, and recently earned his master's degree in education from National University in '11. He resides with his wife Pam and daughter Gianna in Fox Lake, Ill.

"With the season around the corner, I am looking to instill an intense work ethic with the emphasis of improving every day. Pride, Commitment and Discipline will be the focus of the Inferno volleyball program," Muñoz said.

Muñoz inherits an Inferno program that finished last season 3-25 overall, and 0-12 in the Northern Athletics Conference.

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