Pojoaque Coach Lockridge Inducted to NMHSCA Hall Of Honor
This July, Pojoaque Valley School’s Coach Allan Lockridge will recieve the state’s highest award recoginition, the Hall of Honor, from The New Mexico High School Coaches Association. In order to be chosen as a NMHSCA Hall of Honor Inductee, the coach must have reached the pinnacle of coaching in New Mexico and was a member of the NMHSCA for a minimum of 20 years.
About Coach Allan Lockridge
Allan Lockridge was born in 1943. His father was a military man thus they moved frequently. When Lockridge’s 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. After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Lockridge 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, that were 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 joined the United States Army serving three years, including two years in Germany. In 1969, Lockridge returned to New Mexico and enrolled at New Mexico Highlands University. Lockridge graduated from NM Highlands in 1972 starting a thirty plus year career as an educator and a forty-three year career as a coach.
Lockridge’ s first job was in Maxwell, New Mexico. It was in Maxwell that Mr. Lockridge 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, the Spanish teacher, the librarian, & 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 forty-three years, Lockridge has 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, and recognized as the NMTCCCA Coach of the Year multiple times, along with the NMHSCA Coach of the Year in both boys and girls track. In 2013, Lockridge was one of ten finalists for the Brooks “Coaches that Inspire” Award, and he was 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.