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The inductees for this year’s NMAA Hall of Fame have a combined 129 years experience. The longevity of their careers attests to their knowledge, talent and their ability to successfully groom young athletes. 


Art Karger

Karger spent 27 years at Lovington High and other Lovington Schools, employed in nearly every capacity possible:  teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, principal and superintendent.  During his tenure the Wildcats’ boys basketball teams were state champs in 1983, runner-up in 1989 and captured third place in 1996 and 1998.  Karger served on the NMAA Board of Directors, was the 4-AAA district chairperson.  He also taught and coached in Texas for eight years.

Ed Ping

The Gallup-McKinley school district was home to this principal, coach, teacher and counselor for 29 years. He coached his basketball teams to state tournament play three years in a row, capturing 2nd place in 1981.  This multi-talented man also wore a lot of hats during his years – teacher, coach, counselor and principal.  He served two terms with the NMAA Executive Committee, as well as the Sportsmanship and Classification & Realignment Committees.

Phil Sategna

Success is a familiar companion for this coach, athletic director and teacher from Bloomfield High School.  He spent 34 years of his life in northern New Mexico. Along the way he coached his cross country and track & field teams to five state championships, four state runners-up, six third-place finishes and 64 individual state champions.  He also has a record of service:  two terms with the NMAA commission and committees that include Track Sports Specific, Seeding & Selection, Track Qualifying Standards, Cross County and Hall of Fame.  Sategna also spent four years at Park Junior High School in Artesia. 

Fern Spencer

A nearly four-decade career with Tohatchi High School and Gallup-McKinley Schools has produced some stellar athletes and even more amazing career wins:  more than 400 during her 39 years, receiving coaching milestone awards for every 100 she amassed.  This much loved basketball coacher also worked as a business vocational teacher and head teacher, was president of the NM High School Coaches and Athletic Directors Association as well as the NMAA 1-AAA district chairperson.


Karger, Ping, Sategna and Spencer were inducted into the Hall of Fame at a luncheon held in their honor during the U.S Bank State Basketball Championships at the Pit.

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