March 3, 2008
Albuquerque, N.M.-- Buddy Robertson, Linda Estes and Susan Vigil MacEachen, three individuals influential in the campaign for equal opportunity in athletics, will be inducted into the Albuquerque/New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, March 3. The trio represented not just the state of New Mexico, but also the University of New Mexico in several athletic and administrative achievements.
Robertson caught for the Lobo baseball team in the 1950s and earned All-Skyline honors before becoming a coach at Belen and Valley high schools. He served as Albuquerque Public Schools athletics administrator form 1977-2002. His efforts toward increasing interscholastic sports opportunities for girls propelled equal opportunity throughout Albuquerque schools. Robertson also helped instill an athletics-trainer program for APS in 1979, which he considers one of his greatest achievements for its promotion of safety and health.
Linda Estes served as women's athletics director and senior associate AD at the University of New Mexico from 1973-2000. As a pioneer in the fight for equal opportunity, Estes was prominent in pushing for the advancements in women's athletics.
MacEachen ran track and field at UNM from 1976-79, a time when women's participation in athletics were beginning to become a reality. MacEachen currently works in the university's alumni relations office.
Estes, Robertson, and Vigil are all graduates of Highland High School. Former pro golfer and Roswell native Nancy Lopez will also be inducted.
UNM will also be recognized in other capacities at the banquet. Lobo skier Malin Hemmingson will be awarded co-female athlete of the year while kicker John Sullivan will be presented with co-male athlete of the year honors.
Special recognition will be given to the Lobo football team for its victory in the New Mexico Bowl as well as track star Jeremy Johnson, who won the Mountain West Conference individual cross country title last fall.