Josh Aldridge, a William V. Campbell Trophy Award Semifinalist during his playing days at Harding, joins head coach Hugh Freeze's coaching staff as the defensive line coach.
Aldridge comes to Liberty after serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Lenoir-Rhyne during the 2018 season. The Bears posted a 12-2 record and ranked No. 1 in the country in turnovers caused and No. 9 in scoring defense, while advancing to the NCAA Division II Super Region 2 finals.
Prior to leading Lenoir-Rhyne's defense, Aldridge served as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at West Georgia (2014-17). Working alongside fellow coaching staff newcomers Sam Gregg, Rickey Hunley and Scott Symons, Aldridge helped West Georgia to back-to-back 12-win seasons, two NCAA Division II Super Region 2 titles and a Gulf South Conference crown.
Harding graduated from Harding in 2012 with a degree in social sciences, where he was a four-year letterwinner and a two-time All-Great American Conference honoree. He started his coaching career at Ouachita Baptist and Lindenwood in 2013.
Aldridge at a Glance Coaching Experience: 2019-present – Liberty (DL) 2018 – Lenoir-Rhyne (DC/LB) 2014-17 – West Georgia (DL/Rec. Coord.) 2013 – Ouachita Baptist (DL) 2013 – Lindenwood (GA) Education: Bachelor's degree in social sciences (Harding, '12) Wife: Jessica Children: Braxton Hometown: Jackson, Tenn.