ASHCRAFT & KEDGE NAMED NATIONAL COACHES OF THE YEAR
Two New Mexico high school coaches pulled in some national honors this week. La Cueva High School’s Amber Ashcraft was named the 2018 Girls Soccer Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. Albuquerque Academy’s Adam Kedge earned the Boys Track & Field Coach of the Year Award.
Ashcraft spent the past 20 seasons in charge of the Bears. Her overall head coaching record is 386-68 with 9 state soccer championships on the resume, including last season’s 6A championship. Her Bears were also runner-up 6 times.
“Winning was really exciting,” said Ashcraft after earning the honor Wednesday night. “Being nominated with all the other amazing coaches is such a privilege. It’s nice to represent La Cueva and the state of New Mexico.”
Kedge has been in charge of the Chargers’ boys track program since 2000, he’s been the boys head cross country coach since 1996. Kedge won 13 state track titles, including the last four.
“It’s been an amazing past couple of seasons,” said Kedge. “Our team accomplishments are due to the boys that enjoy the company of their teammates. Our group has been so willing to buy into the program and serve one another. The honor is on the backs of great kids and loyal, dedicated assistant coaches.”