Photo by Brianna Saban (Brianna Saban Photography).
“I try to use my 40 years of experience [in coaching] to help raise the spotlight on women’s and girls’ sports… as the Athletic Director, it’s also important for me to hire women as head coaches.”
Doug Dorame (Mexican/Yaqui) is currently the Athletic Director, Head Girls Track & Field Coach, and Head Girls Basketball Coach at Albuquerque High School in New Mexico. As you may have guessed, he’s also my Dad! He’s played one of the biggest roles in my running journey, as both my coach and parent, so I’m incredibly excited to share this episode. My dad grew up in the small town of Tularosa, NM as a multi-sport athlete for most of his life and went on to run Division I Track at the University of Colorado-Boulder from 1977-1981. Upon college graduation, he pursued a career in teaching and coaching at the high school level. With 40 years of coaching experience, he’s worked with numerous athletes who have gone on to run collegiately and/or gain athletic scholarships.
Coach Dorame was the New Mexico Coach of the Year in Girls Track & Field in both 2015 and 2018, and was a finalist for the NFHS National High School Coach of the Year in Girls Track & Field in 2019. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to Track & Field, he has several distinctions as a Basketball Coach, including over 400 career wins between two schools. As Athletic Director at a large inner-city public high school competing in Class 5A, he oversees over 20 athletic teams, over 60 coaches, and over 800 athletes.
In this conversation, we discuss my dad’s college journey, how he began coaching, how the landscape of women’s sports has changed over the past 40 years, and his work around diversity and gender equity at the high school level. He also tells us about his goals as a masters runner and how his training looks a little different today. I’m really proud of everything he’s accomplished, and I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did!
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Music by Jacob Shije (Santa Clara Pueblo, NM).
This podcast was made possible through the Tracksmith Fellowship Program.