LAHS’s Kathy and Rob Hipwood Selected ‘National Coach of the Year’ in Girls’ Cross Country!

National Coach of the Year Kathy Hipwood


It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association recognizes Kathy and Rob Hipwood of Los Alamos High School as the National Coach of the Year in the sport of Girls’ Cross Country.

Eight finalists from across the nation were honored during the National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet at the NHSACA’s national convention held June 18 at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The highlight of the banquet was the naming of the NHSACA National Coach of the Year in 19 recognized sports categories.

National Coach of the Year Rob Hipwood

The New Mexico High School Coaches Association nominated Kathy and Rob Hipwood for this national honor.  All nominees and eight finalists were evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using a sport-specific rubric to assign points in the categories of longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years and winning percentage.  

In addition to serving on various state committees for their sport, the Hipwoods have been co-head coaches for 20 years, have a 95 percent win-loss record, and have won 15 state titles in girls’ cross country. 

The NHSACA is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.

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