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Nelms to step down as LAHS athletic director

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Education > She has accepted a similar job in Oregon

By The Staff

Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms has stepped down from her post to accept another post, according to a report this morning.
Nelms, who has been with LAHS since 2007, is accepting a job in Oregon with a school district near Portland. Nelms, who came to Los Alamos from Vanderbilt, Texas, will move on to take over the athletic department in Clackamas, Ore.
According to Nelms’ Facebook page, she will be moving to Oregon in mid June.
Clackamas High School, located about approximately 12 miles from Portland, consists of 2,300 students, more than twice the current population of Los Alamos High School.
Nelms is a veteran coach and administrator, having nearly 35 years of experience at both the prep and collegiate levels. She took over the department from Robert Abney in the summer of 2007.
Since joining Los Alamos, Nelms’ department has been a busy one. Los Alamos has gone through coaching changes in nearly every sport, including three so far in 2014.
Also along the way, Nelms was involved with the removal of the natural field surface at Sullivan Field, which was replaced with artificial surface in the summer of 2011, and a redesign of the façade at Griffith Gymnasium.
The Sullivan Field sod sale, held at the tail end of the 2010-11 academic year, netted the athletic department close to $20,000.
She has received several awards for her work as athletic director. She was named the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s honor of Athletic Direct of the Year in late 2013, and was the top AD in the state in 2011, according to the state’s Athletic Directors Association.
Nelms earned her bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University and a master’s degree from Texas Women’s University.