Family roots tied in Aggie sportsmanship

McAdams mother, daughter proud NMSU athletes

Connie Monks McAdams ’87 and her daughter, Makayla ’16, know how Aggie pride feels – both as New Mexico State University alumni and athletes.

“When they say Aggie pride, it’s not just a slogan, it truly is a pride that everybody has,” says Makayla. “Every time I come across somebody who has either gone to or graduated from NMSU, they have nothing but good things to say.”

NMSU is not just where the Tucson, Arizona, mother-daughter duo earned business degrees – it’s where they shined in women’s athletics.

Connie played volleyball from 1983 to 1987. The Colorado native accumulated 75 blocks in her career and still holds the school record for most blocks during a four-set match with 16.

“Back then I didn’t realize I set a record,” she says. “I was just focused on playing the game.”

Makayla played softball from 2012 to 2016 and earned All-WAC honors as a pitcher. The team had four 30-win seasons in a row while she was at NMSU, plus two 14-1 league records in consecutive seasons.

During the 31 games she played in 2015, Makayla racked up an 8-4 record and two saves, including eight outings with zero earned runs. Her 4.38 ERA helped the team reach the first round of the NCAA Regional Tournament held in Tucson.

“We had an amazing group of girls on that team,” she says. “It was really special to do post-season play in my hometown of Tucson. That was an incredible experience on top of the whole season.”

When Makayla accepted the athletic scholarship to NMSU, Connie was comfortable with Makayla’s decision. As a parent she says, “It’s close enough and yet far enough away.”

Makayla thought “it was cool Mom had played at State,” and felt by playing there, it would give her mother the reunion-like experience of going back to campus when she attended Makayla’s softball games.

The Aggie football team’s trip to the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl in December 2017 was a special time for the McAdams duo. They were there, each wearing their team’s NMSU shirt.

“It was an incredible representation of Las Cruces, and a huge win for our school,” Connie says. “Once you are an Aggie, you stay true. I was impressed and proud.”

There is one more McAdams athlete still at home. Could Makayla’s younger sister, Cassidy, continue the family tradition? Only time will tell.

Jane Moorman

Gathered around Makayla McAdams, are her parents, Stephan and Connie; brother, Shane; and sister, Cassidy, at Makayla's senior day celebration in 2016.

Connie McAdams, Makayla's mother, still holds the NMSU school record for most blocks during a four-set match with 16.