When students commit to a sport, they invest time and energy into that team. We honor that by surrounding them with outstanding coaches. Our 90-plus coaches are experts in their sports, passionate about working with athletes, and know that their main job is to teach life-lessons such as respect, responsibility, accountability, humility, and pride. Our coaches regularly win district, state, and national awards for their work with our athletes.
Meet Our Varsity Coaches
- Taryn Bachis - Girls Basketball
- Amy Badger - Girls Tennis
- Dave Barney - Swimming
- Sheryl Clemmer - Girls Track
- Maribeth Dvorak - Volleyball
- Shaun Gehres - Football
- Peter Glidden - Girls Soccer
- Raymond Jaramillo - Boys Tennis
- Adam Kedge - Cross Country and Track
- Lalania Kolek - Boys Soccer
- David Michel - Golf
- Troy Rodgers - Wrestling
Taryn has been working at the Academy since 1984 and has coached volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, and track. Currently, she serves as the Athletic Director and Girls Varsity Basketball Coach. Prior to Academy, Taryn coached the Moriarty High School volleyball team to a state championship. She is the Past-President of the New Mexico Athletic Directors Association and was inducted into the NMAA Hall of Fame in 2012. She attended Kansas State University where she played basketball an softball. In high school, Taryn was selected to the high school Parade All-American Basketball team her senior year. Taryn has also been inducted into the Albuquerque baseball/softball Hall of Honor and has been selected as a Coach of the Year in both Volleyball and Basketball.
Amy played #1 for the UNM Women’s Tennis team. She is in her 18th year as head coach of the varsity girl’s tennis program. Amy is also head coach of Academy¹s middle school tennis program, which boasts approximately 75 6th and 7th grade students each fall. Under Amy, varsity teams hold 17 district and 3 State Championship titles. She achieved professional certification with the USPTA in 2000, is a member of the Southwest USPTA board and recently received the 2016 USPTA Southwest High School Coach of the Year. Amy serves on the USTA southwest tennis coaches commission and is actively involved in the development of 12 and under tennis athletes in the southwest section. She is a longtime volunteer board member of the local Coleman Vision Tennis Championships, the USTA’s longest running Women’s Pro Circuit tennis event. Amy is a Senior Assistant Professional at the Tennis Club of Albuquerque where she teaches adults and youth of all ages and ability as well as coaches USTA league teams. Daughter Ava is a student at the Academy.
Coach Barney has coached varsity athletics at Albuquerque Academy since 1967, and boys and girls swimming since 1974. His swim teams have won 40 New Mexico high school state championships. He has been inducted into six halls of fame, including the University of New Mexico’s Athletic Hall of Honor, the National Federation of High School Athletics Hall of Fame, the State of New Mexico’s Sports Hall of Fame, and the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Hall of Fame. In 2006, he became one of the first coaches named as a David H. Robertson National Honor Coach. In 2018, he received NISCA’s most prestigious award, the Collegiate-Scholastic Coaches Award. He is a member of the International Hall of Fame’s nominating and selection committee. Locally, he is perhaps better known as the founder of the Sundance Aquatic Association, the state’s largest single swimming body. He serves the profession of architecture as an aquatic design consultant for several architectural firms. In that regard, the most precious of his designs was his part in the aquatic design of the Academy’s nationally regarded natatorium. He is a writer and frequent lecturer on all matters pertaining to sports history. He grew up in various parts of the world competing in football, ice hockey, and baseball; in college, he was a three-sport athlete. Never, during that time, did he ever give any thought to becoming a swim coach.
Coach Clemmer first started coaching at Albuquerque Academy in 1985. Her girls cross country team won the 1993 State title before she left coaching due to family health issues. She has stayed the coach of the varsity girls’ track and field team since 1985. Coach Clemmer’s track and field teams have won six State Championships and currently holds six state records. Sheryl attended New Mexcio State University, where she played volleyball, basketball, softball and ran track and her senior year she was awarded the Female Athlete of the Year. After participating at the national level for several years in cross country, track, and softball, her passion turned to coaching and giving back to young athletes. She has coached girls V Volleyball, V Cross Country, V Basketball and V Track & Field. Outside of school activities her hobbies include working with her horses.
Maribeth Dvorak has taught physical education/health at Amy Biehl Charter High School in Downtown Albuquerque since 2012 and coached volleyball since 2002. Maribeth was the JV assistant coach at Highland High School in 2002 and from 2004-16, she served as the assistant varsity volleyball coach at the Academy. She has also coached middle school club volleyball with the Albuquerque Volleyball Club, which focuses on the development of play for young girls, and at Duke City Volleyball Academy since 2017. Maribeth graduated from Hope Christian in 1998, where she was a four-year varsity letterman (three-time state champion, one year runner-up). She went on to play college volleyball, her first year at Fort Lewis College in Durango, and then three years at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where her team finished third in the NAIA National Championships two years in a row. After her college career, she continued her passion for volleyball by playing in the Lobo League at UNM and coaching club and high school athletes. Volleyball is her passion, and she hopes to instill the same love of volleyball into the girls she coaches.
Shaun was an All-Central Virginia punter, a state wrestling champion, and a four-year varsity tennis letterman at in high school at Blue Ridge School. He continued his football career at Rhodes College (Tenn.) where he was a four-year starter, a two-time All-Conference punter, and the #4 punter in the nation his senior year. From there, he began his teaching and coaching careers at Memphis University School. At MUS from 2002-2009, Shaun was a member of the varsity football staff, which won three state championships and finished in the national top 20 for MaxPreps football rankings, and he served as the head wrestling coach for five years. In 2009, Shaun and his family moved to Albuquerque, and he taught history and coached golf and wrestling at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. Shaun joined Albuquerque Academy in 2011. He teaches history in the 8-9 division, serves as the 9th grade dean, and coaches football, basketball, and track. Shaun and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Kellan ’23 and Kai.
Peter has been with the girls soccer program since 2015. He has led the girls varsity soccer teams to state championships in each of his first three years as head coach. In 2018, Peter was named New Mexico Girls Soccer Coach of the Year (4A) for the second time and selected as West Region Coach of the Year by United Soccer Coaches. Before coaching at the Academy, he was the head coach at the Greenwich Country Day School (CT, 2007-09) before leaving the states to work for Grassroot Soccer in southern Africa. Peter worked in Africa for five years with Grassroot Soccer, coaching and educating youth about the dangers of HIV/AIDS through life-skill programs, soccer clinics, and camps. He also played professionally in the local soccer leagues. As a student-athlete at the Academy, Peter won three state championships in soccer (1999-2001). He was also a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams and went on to play collegiate soccer at Wesleyan University (CT). He earned All-NESCAC and All-New England honors while captaining teams to two NCAA tournaments and the school’s first-ever NESCAC Championship in any sport (2005). In addition to coaching soccer at the Academy, Peter is a member of the visual arts faculty.
Originally from Belen, NM, Ray won the singles state championship in 1994 and 1995 for Belen High School. He played tennis for UNM from 1996-1999 and started coaching boys tennis at Academy in 2008. He spent three years as the assistant coach before taking over the head coach position. Ray is married to Rokeya Jaramillo, and their daughter Isabella Jaramillo ’20 attends the Academy.
Adam Kedge enters his 22nd year as a coach at Albuquerque Academy. During his tenure he has served as both an assistant and a head coach in three different sports. His current role is as the Boys and Girls Head Coach of Cross Country and the Head Boys Track and Field Coach. Over his tenure Coach Kedge’s teams have been recognized for success at both the state and national level. Coach Kedge is a 2016 inductee of the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame.
With six seasons at the Albuquerque Academy under her belt, Laney Kolek’s 2016 season was her second most successful season at the helm of the program.
In the six years she has been with the Chargers, Kolek has developed the Academy Boys Soccer program into one of the premier programs in the state of New Mexico. According to a USA Today NSCAA soccer poll, Academy started the 2016 season ranked 8th in the nation.
Under Kolek’s leadership the Chargers have compiled a 95-14-5 record in six seasons. She has guided the team to six state tournament appearances for each of her six years at the Academy; earning five district titles in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The team has also earned three Academy invitational titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She led the chargers to a pair of 5-A state titles, winning back-to-back state championships in 2015 and 2016 and state runner-up honors in 2013 and 2014. Kolek was District Coach of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She was awarded Regional Coach of the Year in 2015 through the National Soccer Coaching Association of America. Kolek was also named New Mexico’s 5-A Boys Soccer Coach of the Year in 2016.
Kolek brings extensive experience at the high school and Olympic developmental ranks. She currently holds a United States Soccer Federation “B” national coaching license.
Kolek has proudly coached players with numerous academic awards including, 5 National Merit Scholars, 5 National Hispanic Scholars, 1 National Achievement Scholar, 9 AP Scholars, 7 AP Scholars with Honor, and 6 AP scholars with Distinction. In addition to academic achievements, Kolek has also coached an All-American and Gatorade Player of the Year.
Kolek is an Albuquerque transplant who graduated and played soccer for Cibola High School. She proudly served in the United States Navy, where she was an All Navy Team selectee. Kolek has spent time in the WPSL and W league playing for teams such as the UCSD Comets, Albuquerque Crush and the Albuquerque Asylum.
David “Coach Mike” took over the boys and girls golf program in 2012 after serving as an assistant coach in 2011-2012. Dave began coaching at Albuquerque Academy in February 1993 as a boy’s assistant track and field coach coaching shotput, discus and javelin throwers from 1993 until 2002. In 2000, Dave took over the boy’s sprints coach on the varsity level, and the junior varsity boy’s track team as head coach. Since 1993, Dave has coached Football 1996 to 2004, Boys Basketball 2001 to present, and Cross country 2004-2011. Over that time, Coach Mike coached and assisted in many individual and team state championships. After taking over the golf program, Dave’s teams have won 3 state championships (boys 2014, 2015, and Girls 2015), and two Albuquerque Metro Championships (Boy’s and Girl’s 2015). During that time, the Academy Golf program also produced two, two-time state Champions Ben Albin ’15 and Katie Allen. Dave also serves as a physical education teacher and 7th grade family head which he has been doing since August 2000. In the summers and some weekends during the school year Dave works as an Assistant Golf Professional at Twin Warriors Golf Club on the Santa Ana Pueblo. Dave Graduated from Cibola High School in 1982 and the University of New Mexico B.S. Physical Education 1994 after serving in the United States Naval Reserve from 1984-1992.
Dr. Rodgers is a police and criminal psychologist based in New Mexico. At the present time, he works as a consultant/ psychologist for over 100 local, state, and federal law enforcement, fire, EMT, and corrections agencies. He has been a coach at the Albuquerque Academy since 2005 (in football and wrestling) and he took over as the varsity wrestling coach in 2016. He was a 12-time letterman at the Academy and he was named athlete of the year for the state of New Mexico in 1995. He had the opportunity to play college football and baseball in both California and Oregon (Division III level) and semi-pro baseball in Oregon and Colorado.