Peter Lovejoy Award

The Peter Lovejoy Award was instituted in 2014 to recognize veteran coaches of cross country and/or track and field who have contributed significantly to New Hampshire athletes over many years.

Peter Lovejoy (1937-2013) began his teaching/coaching career at Simonds High School in Warner, NH in 1960, and he continued at Kearsarge Regional High School in 1970 where he coached and taught until the mid-1980’s. He then retired and returned to college. He received his Master’s Degree at Springfield College in 1985 and his Doctorate’s Degree in sports psychology from Arizona State University in 1988. After teaching for a year at the University of Illinois, he returned to New Hampshire and resumed coaching - both cross country and track for several years at Souhegan High School in Amherst, NH. Peter coached for approximately 30 years in New Hampshire. Many of those years he coached all three seasons - cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

The Peter Lovejoy Award will recognize annually one cross country/track coach who has served New Hampshire athletes for a minimum of 20 years. People may be nominated for the Award by sending a one-page application stating the nominee’s coaching experience along with specific reasons for his/her consideration for the recognition. The nomination paper should be submitted to the NHTFCA prior to March 1.

Past recipients -

  • 2014 John Eastman Kearsarge HS / Souhegan HS
  • 2015 Stan Lyford Portsmouth HS
  • 2016 John Snell Merrimack HS
  • 2017 Bernie Livingston Kennett HS
  • 2018 John Goegel Merrimack Valley HS / Bishop Brady HS / Concord HS / Belmont HS