On the Mount Rushmore of Georgia College Athletics, Aldridge would be firmly positioned next to Dr. Michael Peeler. Where Peeler set the foundation for future athletic and academic successes, Aldridge set the framework for the move to NCAA Division II and joining the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).
Aldridge came to Georgia College to coach the men’s basketball squad in 1975, and prior to joining the administrative ranks in 1986, brought in Georgia Intercollegiate Athletic Association (GIAC) Coach of the Year honors twice.
He served as Director of Athletics for the Colonials and then Bobcats for 17 years, taking over after the passing of Dr. Peeler. Just as comfortable mowing the outfield grass as he was in university board room meetings, Aldridge fostered the culture of community in the Georgia College Athletic Department, everyone coming together for a common goal; graduating student-athletes, developing them to be contributors to society while fielding competitive programs.
Under his watch, the program made continual and steady progress and became widely respected across the country for excellence. Aldridge added women’s soccer in 2004 and constructed an outstanding soccer facility. Facility upgrades were a constant during his tenure. Baseball and softball dugouts were constructed to include bathroom facilities. The Centennial Center received a message board and courtside tables with advertising capabilities.
Aldridge was the catalyst for the 20-year run of Georgia College hosting the GISA State Basketball Championships. This event brought thousands of fans from across the state into Milledgeville each winter. As the mission of the institution changed, Aldridge set aside scholarship funds for outstanding academic achievement and created a program to assist student-athletes that had exhausted their playing eligibility but needed additional time to finish their degree. The back-to-back PBC Commissioner’s Cup titles are a direct correlation to the foundation that Aldridge laid throughout his career.