Coach Allan Lockridge
The New Mexico High School Coaches Association has announced that Allan Lockridge, a long time Los Alamos resident and coach at Pojoaque High School, is a 2015 Hall
Lockridge was born in 1943. His father was a military man thus Allan and his family moved frequently. Prior to moving to Albuquerque in 1949, Lockridge lived in Germany for two and half years following WWII.
When his family moved to Albuquerque in 1949, they settled in the South Valley. After graduating from Rio Grande High School in 1961, Lockridge enrolled and attended the University of New Mexico starting in the fall of 1961.
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November of 1963, and President Kennedy’s death affected Lockridge to the point that he was motivated to join the United States Peace Corps in the summer of 1964. He was assigned as a Rural Health & Community Development volunteer in Panama. It was in the remote and rural villages of Panama only accessible by horseback that Lockridge developed his life’s credo: “You do it because you are supposed to, and you are supposed to because you can!”
In 1966, Lockridge returned to the United States, and he joined the United States Army serving three years, including two years in Germany. In 1969, he returned to New Mexico and enrolled at New Mexico Highlands University. Lockridge graduated from Highlands in 1972 and started a 30 plus year career as an educator and a 43 year career as a coach.
Lockridge’s first job was in Maxwell, N.M. It was in Maxwell that he focused on living up to the standard of his creed. “You do it because you are supposed to, and you are supposed to because you can.” While in Maxwell, Lockridge was the social studies teacher, Spanish teacher, librarian and the head teacher. He also drove the activity bus to all events, served as the cheerleader sponsor and as the district chairman. His roles outside of school were village councilman, volunteer fireman, certified EMT, search & rescue certified coordinator for the state police, and a volleyball official.
In 1982, Lockridge went to work for Pojoaque Schools as a teacher and coach. As a coach in New Mexico for 43 years, Lockridge accomplished the following:
- five state championships in Boys Cross Country with six individual state champions;
- three state championships in Girls Cross Country with five individual state champions;
- thirteen 2nd & 3rd place finishes,
- recognized as the NMTCCCA Coach of the Year multiple times, along with the NMHSCA Coach of the Year in both boys and girls track;
- one of 10 finalists for the Brooks “Coaches that Inspire” Award; and
- one of six finalists for the NHSACA National High School Coach of the Year Award.
Coach Lockridge has been a member of the NMHSCA Board of Directors since 2006 and will be the president of the organization during the 2015/2016 school year.
Coach Lockridge still enjoys driving the activity buses for Pojoaque. He still enjoys keeping the score book at basketball games, and he still enjoys officiating sports. Coach Lockridge also still enjoys being with fellow coaches and parents; and most of all, Coach Lockridge still enjoys being with the kids! Why does he do it? “He is supposed to, and he is supposed to because he can!”