Brent Aldridge begins his third year with the New Mexico Lobo volleyball program. Aldridge also coached with McKee for one season at Northern Arizona University. Aldridge serves as UNM's recruiting coordinator and provides advance scouting and on-court coaching duties which focus on defense.
While at NAU, Aldridge was credited with introducing the "swing block" technique, helping the Lumberjacks improve their defense to 2.70 blocks per game, up from a previous 2.38 per game average.
Prior to joining the Lumberjack volleyball program, Aldridge was head coach at Saint Mary's College in Leavenworth, Kan., an NAIA Division II program. In addition, he doubled as a physical education instructor and intramurals director at the school. He administered all phases of the volleyball program, which he was building from scratch.
Before entering the collegiate ranks, Aldridge was a physical education teacher and head volleyball coach at Valley High School in Nebraska. From 1994 through 1996 he served as an assistant volleyball coach at his collegiate alma mater, South Dakota, where he played a prominent role in recruiting, academics and the volleyball booster club.
Aldridge, a 12-year veteran of club volleyball, also has a variety of club, high school and camp coaching experience, including stints as instructor or director at 10 volleyball camps in the Great Plains, including South Dakota, Kansas State, Nebraska-Omaha, Pittsburg State (Kan.) and at UNM.
He holds Impact certification from USA Volleyball and an A/BB club rating. Aldridge graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in Education. He is completing coursework toward a degree in Sports/Athletics Administration.
Aldridge, 36, and his wife Mary, enjoy spending time with their two labrador retrievers, Bailey and Coal. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing and playing both sand and indoor volleyball.