Allan Lockridge, a long time resident of Los Alamos, who taught at Pojoaque Public Schools and has continued to coach Cross Country long past his retirement has been named Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year for New Mexico.
With a nickname like “The Legend,” Coach Lockridge has been inspiring his cross country team for many years and through many individual and team state titles. At the state meet in 2000 when Coach Lockridge’s house burned in the Cerro Grande Fire, he pushed through for his team, exclaiming “we have races to win!”
Through teaching the importance of community on his teams, Coach Lockridge inspires success, improvement and happiness in his athletes.
“I learned from a very successful coach and great person to try to be with every athlete some time during every practice. I try to figuratively touch at every practice,” he has said. “I speak with them as they arrive to our site or as they come back from a long run. I try to say something upbeat as they work out. I want to know how they are doing every day; it affects their workout and it affects their emotional state. If I understand how they feel at the moment then I can try to give them give them the uplift they need.“