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
- Maribeth Dvorak - Volleyball
- Shaun Gehres - Football
- Peter Glidden - Girls Soccer
- Jake Herrin - Boys Basketball
- Adam Kedge - Cross Country and Track
- Lalania Kolek - Boys Soccer
- David Michel - Golf
- Tracy VunKannon Pargin - Softball
- 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 has been with the varsity tennis program since 2000. In that time, she has led her teams to 20 district titles, four state team championships, and 25 individual singles and doubles state championship top-place finishes. Amy played #1 for the UNM Lobos and was named the 2019 Tennis Coach of the Year by the NMHSCA. She is a USPTA-certified elite professional, multiple-year recipient of the USPTA Southwest High School Coach of the Year, and a USTA NNM High School Coach of the Year. Amy teaches full time privately and at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe. She sits on several boards, committees, and task forces at the regional and national levels, including the USTA NNM Regional Council, USTA Southwest Coaches Commission, USTA National, and USPTA Southwest. She is the USTA NNM Lead Faculty for EDC 12u camps, USTA regional team coach, and innovator of the New Mexico High School Tennis Showcase series. Amy also heads up the Academy middle school tennis program in the fall. Her 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.
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.
Jake is a social studies teacher with Albuquerque Public Schools. He has 14 years of high school basketball coaching experience, four as a head coach. At Volcano Vista as an assistant, he was a part of three district championship teams, an elite eight appearance, and a winning record four seasons. At Valencia High School as the head coach, in his final season the Jaguars played in the championship game of their holiday tournament for the first time in school history. The Jaguars also earned their second trip to the state tournament in school history as a 16 seed. Jake has worked across the country as a basketball camp clinician, including at Snow Valley Basketball School in Iowa. Jake has a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of New Mexico. Jake is married with one son, Teddison.
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.
As a coach for the Chargers since 2011, Lalania Kolek’s 2018 season was her third most successful season at the helm of the program.
During that time, 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 was ranked eighth in the nation at the start of the 2016 season.
Under Kolek’s leadership the Chargers have compiled a 128-23-9 record. She has guided the team to eight state tournament appearances, one for each year she has coached, and earned seven district titles (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018). With her guidance the program has also earned four Academy invitational titles (2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018). She led the chargers to two 5-A and one 4-A state titles, winning back-to-back state championships in 2015 and 2016 and an additional state championship in 2018; they were state runners-up in 2013, 2014, and 2017. Kolek was District Coach of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. She was awarded Regional Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2018 through United Soccer Coaches, formally known as National Soccer Coaching Association of America, and was 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.
She has proudly coached players with numerous academic awards, including five National Merit Scholars, five National Hispanic Scholars, one National Achievement Scholar, nine AP Scholars, seven AP Scholars with Honor, and six AP scholars with Distinction. In addition to academic achievements, Kolek has also coached a Scholar All-American, an All-American, and Gatorade Player of the Year.
Kolek is an Albuquerque transplant who graduated from 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.
Tracy has been head coach of the Charger softball program since 2019. She spent the previous five seasons with former Coach Mike Pettenuzzo until his passing. Prior to becoming a member of the Charger family, Tracy was head softball coach at Sandia High School for 11 years, garnering two state runner ups, five district championships, and Coach of the Year honors in 2009. Tracy was assistant coach for the UNM Lobos under long-time head coach Susan Craig, who is currently an active member of our Charger coaching staff. Tracy was an All-American first basemen for the Lobos before playing professionally with the Gambro Twins of The Netherlands and the US Women’s Professional Fastpitch tour. Tracy is a 2010 inductee of the Albuquerque Baseball/Softball Hall of Fame.
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.