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Hipwoods Named Top Girls XC Coaches In the Country

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Cross Country > Duo has earned 15 state titles in 20 years with LAHS

By Mike Cote

There aren’t many programs out there that have been a lot more successful than the girls cross country program at Los Alamos High School.
A big part of that has been the coaching of Rob and Kathy Hipwood.
And now, the two coaches have the hardware to prove it.
The husband-and-wife duo were named the 2014 National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coaches of the Year in girls cross country. The Hipwoods were honored in a ceremony last week in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
In 20 years of leading Los Alamos’ girls and boys programs, they have garnered 15 state girls titles. Since 2000, Los Alamos has won 11 titles, including five consecutive titles not once but twice.
While winning titles is certainly the icing on the cake, that’s hardly why the Hipwoods do what they do.
“It feels really good, getting an award for what we’ve dedicated our lives to for the past 20 years,” Kathy Hipwood said.
The Hipwoods were among eight coaches nominated nationally.
Coaches from New Mexico did very well this year, grabbing 11 total nominations. In boys cross country, Allan Lockridge of Pojoaque Valley earned a nomination, as did his boss, athletic director Matt Martinez, who was up for AD of the Year.


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