PROVO -- BYU Women's Volleyball Head Coach Jason Watson today announced the hiring of Brent Aldridge as an assistant coach.
Aldridge, 36, comes to BYU with 12 years of volleyball coaching experience at the college, high school and club levels, including three seasons as a head coach. His primary responsibilities at BYU will include serving as the team's defensive coordinator and video coordinator.
"Brent's work ethic and coaching philosophy blends well with our staff and program," Watson said. "He has the experience with the defensive systems we are establishing at BYU and a strong desire to build upon the traditions of success associated with our volleyball program. He and his wife Mary are wonderful additions to BYU women's volleyball."
A native of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Aldridge fills the assistant position vacated with Watson's promotion in February to head coach. He joins second-year assistant Brooke Huebner on Watson's staff.
"I am very excited to come to BYU and be part of Jason's staff," Aldridge said. "BYU volleyball has great tradition. They have high goals and I'm glad to be part of that. I look forward to this challenge and opportunity. It's a great fit for me and my family."
Aldridge has spent the last three seasons as an assistant at the University of New Mexico, where he coordinated UNM's recruiting, scouting and defense. The Lobos set the school's single-season block assist record under Aldridge's tutelage as defensive coordinator in 2002.
Prior to joining the Lobo volleyball program, Aldridge was the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Northern Arizona University. While at NAU from 2001-2002, 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. The block totals were the program's highest in 10 years.
Aldridge was head coach at Saint Mary's College in Leavenworth, Kan., an NAIA Division II program, from 1999-2001. He administered all phases of the volleyball program, which he built from scratch. Additional collegiate coaching experience includes serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, South Dakota, where he played a prominent role in recruiting, academics and the volleyball booster club from 1994-1996.
At the high school level, Aldridge was head volleyball coach at Valley High School in Nebraska and was an assistant volleyball coach at Harris-Lake Park High School in Iowa. He 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 New Mexico.
Aldridge holds Impact certification from USA Volleyball and an A/BB club rating. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in Education. He is married to the former Mary Eller, and they are expecting their first child.