Vince Alvarado / 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame


VINCE ALVARADO: The basketball
was put into my hands at an early young age. Growing up with
two older brothers, I had a healthy sibling rivalry. My dad, coaches,
they helped me become who I am, who I became
on the basketball court. I grew up in
Victorville, California. I played at Silverado
High School. I had a really good senior year
of basketball, good academics, honor roll student. I was all-CIF first team,
all-San Bernardino County, Desert Sky League
player of the year, all-region by the LA Times,
male athlete of the year. So I thought I was going to go
somewhere out of high school and get a scholarship. But it ended up not working out. I just started working. I didn’t know where
my future was going. I didn’t know what to do. So I pretty much had quit
basketball, quit school. Out of nowhere, Coach Klein
gave me a call a couple weeks before Christmas. So I came out that
January and started practicing with the team. Chaffey College is
like a second chance that gives you the opportunity
to continue what you almost left behind. Some of my accomplishments
here at Chaffey, several all-tournament teams. I was also a team captain
my sophomore year. I was also a two-time
all-conference. Besides the athletic awards,
I also averaged a 3.4 GPA. Outside of school I earned
my associate’s degree. I was also a staffer here at
some of the basketball camps that Coach Klein ran, as well
as my high school coaches ran in the high desert, just showing
the kids the basic fundamentals of basketball and basic
fundamentals of life, really. After Chaffey I had a few
offers from different states. But I chose Hawaii
because there’s nothing like a degree in paradise. I was on a full
basketball scholarship. I was all-conference my senior
year, as well as team captain. And I earned my bachelor’s
degree in sociology. After I graduated from
the University of Hawaii I played basketball one
season in South America. It was a lot of fun. I made a lot of friends. I’m currently working
at BNSF Railway. I’m a conductor. It’s pretty cool to be
doing 70 miles per hour on a two-mile long train. So being able to do
that, moving America, is pretty cool to be a part of. Helping out the
economy, and it gives me a little bit of satisfaction. I feel like I’m doing
something for this country. One day I hope to coach my
son, as well as my daughters. I mean, my daughters might
be in gymnastics or dance, but I’m going to have to
spend some time on YouTube learning how to dance
and do gymnastics just so I can be involved. But I’ll put in the time
and work if it includes being involved with my kids.

One thought on “Vince Alvarado / 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame

  • May 16, 2019 at 5:22 am
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    So cool cousin

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