First Ever EVHS Grad Named To NM Sports Hall Of Fame

by Staff Reporter / Dec 19, 2016 / 0 comments

First Ever EVHS Grad Named To NM Sports Hall Of Fame

Staff Report

An Espanola Valley High School alumni was named as one of seven inductees to the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame at an announcement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Class of 2016 will include 1983 EVHS graduate Adam Kedge, who played various sports for the Sundevils and was named the EVHS Athlete of the Year in 1983.

Kedge is currently the Head Cross Country Coach for boys and girls and the Head Coach of the Boy’s Track and Field at the Albuquerque Academy. Kedge has coached the Boys’ Cross Country team for 20 years; he has coached the Girls Cross Country team for the last 4 years and Boys Track & Field team for 15 years. Kedge’s teams in 20 years have won 25 New Mexico State Titles, which is the second most in titles in any sports. In 2007, the Boy’s Cross Country team was ranked #1 in the country. Adam was honored in 2011 year as the National Cross Country Coach of the Year.

After graduating from EVHS in 1983, Kedge went on to run collegiately at the University of New Mexico for 4 years. He was the Cross Country’s team captain in 1985 and 1986, plus the track team captain in 1986 and 1987. He was an Academic All-Western Athletic Conference athlete in 1985-1986 and 1986-1987. Two time runner-up Western Athletic Conference’s 3000 meter steeplechase. He started coaching as an assistant coach at Capital High School in 1989 while going to graduate school or one track and field season.

In 1991 Kedge became the Eldorado High School Track and Field head coach. He coached the Eagles for 5 years. He was named the New Mexico Track & Cross-Country Coaches Association’s Cross-Country Coach of the Year in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2009. He also named the New Mexico Track & Cross-Country Coaches Association: Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009, & 2015. He was also named the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Boy’s CrossCountry Coach of the Year in 2001, 2003-, 2009.

Kedge was President of New Mexico Track & Cross Country Coaches Association from 2002 to 2004. Many of his athletes have gone on to be successful in college. He has also being the co-Principal for the successful Albuquerque Academy’s Summer Program.

A total of seven inductees were named into the hall of fame Saturday. Other inductees include Charmayne James- Garritano, Frank Castillo, Jim Johns, Danny Granger, Marv Levy and Cody Ross. This is the second largest class ever equaling the Class of 2014. Last year, the Class of 2015 had the largest number of inductees with eight.

 

Hall of Fame Nomination Criteria

A person is to have been born and/or lived in New Mexico, and must meet at least one of the following criteria to be considered for the nomination as an inductee:

  • Must have participates in club, high school or college athletics and proceeded to a successful professional career in athletics and/or coaching or achieved Olympic success.
  • Must rank among the leaders in their respective sport in wins and/or state titles in New Mexico if under consideration for coaching high school athletics
  • Must achieve international, national or statewide fame for athletic accomplishments in their career
  • Must have significantly impacted athletics in New Mexico for a long period of time in an area including, but not limited to, coach, administrator, sportscaster, sports journalist, referee or business owner.