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Coach Hackett’s Funeral Will Be Wednesday

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A funeral mass for University of New Mexico and Highland High School coaching legend Hugh Hackett will be held Wednesday.

The services will be at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Albuquerque. Internment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetary. A rosary will be held tonight at 7 at Our Lady of Fatima.

Hackett, who died Friday at age 90, built the UNM track team into a national power in the 1960s. The Lobos defeated No. 1 Southern California in 1965, winning every race on the track.

He also coached Highland High to the state football championship in 1954.

After retiring from coaching at UNM in 1976, he competed in national masters track and field meets, winning several medals.

Hackett is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary Clare, three daughters and six sons.

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