The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has announced the advancement of Los Alamos resident Allan Lockridge, a coach at Pojoaque Valley High School, as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s National Coach of the Year in the sport of Boys Cross Country.
Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention June 18 at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA National Coach of the Year in 19 recognized sports categories.
Coach Lockridge was selected for this national honor by New Mexico’s High School Coaches’ Association. This selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years and winning parentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using a sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category.
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing National Coaches of the Year since 1978.
Lockridge has lived in Los Alamos for more than 32 years and coached track and cross country at Pojoaque for 32 years, with 28 years as the head coach for the boys and girls cross country teams.