|Position:||Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator|
The UWG Wolves football program made history in April. Two UWG standouts were drafted, minutes apart, by the National Football League. Defensive end Dylan Donahue was chosen by the New York Jets, while fellow end Alex Armah was a selection of the Carolina Panthers.
Though having had three players on Super Bowl rosters through the years, no UWG player had ever before heard his name call in the NFL Draft. That changed with Donahue and Armah, and their position coach, Josh Aldridge, is still smiling.
Aldridge returns in 2017 for his fourth season as UWG’s defensive line coach. Beyond those duties, Aldridge again serves the Wolves’ staff as recruiting coordinator.
Under Aldridge’s guidance, UWG has produced five All-Gulf South Conference defensive linemen the past three seasons, including Donahue and Armah. Also, Donahue last season was named Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Year, the first such honor for a UWG defender in over a decade.
Aldridge came to the UWG staff in 2014 following one season on the staff at former GSC member Ouachita Baptist. Since arriving in Carrollton, he has proven to be among the top young defensive coaches in America.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Aldridge began his playing career at Harding University when the Bisons were members of the GSC. Later, following Harding’s move to the GAC, Aldridge was a two-time all-conference performer at defensive end.
Beyond his considerable on-field accolades, Aldridge was also a standout in the classroom. He earned league academic honors in both the GSC and GAC, and was a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, symbolic of the top senior scholar-athlete in the nation.
A native of Jackson, Tenn., Aldridge is 2012 graduate of Harding, where he major in Social Studies. He is married to the former Jessica Heimrich. The couple has one son, Braxton, born in 2015.