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Lynn announces Aldridge as new head football coach
By Jesse Lamar
Sports Reporter
LYNN  -  The Lynn Bears named their newest head football coach this past week when they announced the hire of Calvin Aldridge. He brings a lot of experience to the table as he’s been coaching football for 25 years, including 21 years as a head coach in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.
Aldridge is taking over a program that has went 4-15 in the past two seasons. The Bears are just three years removed from a nine-year stretch of success that included seven winning seasons and a state quarterfinal appearance in 2011 under former head coach Philip Smith, who left the program to coach at Curry High School. Smith led the team to a 67-35 mark as the head coach.
In his most recent coaching job, Aldridge was the defensive coordinator at Marion County High School. The Red Raiders, who beat the Bears 55-8, went 5-5 in the regular season, but after catching their groove late in the season finished the season in the Class 1A state semifinals.
Starting his career in a school much like Lynn, Aldridge had his first head coaching job at Vina High School in 1989. In his four years in the program, he led the team to three playoff appearances. He later moved to Mount Hope to take over that head coaching position. Aldridge then moved to Georgia where he led Washington-Wilkes High School to the AA state championship in 1995. He also coached Greene County and Marion County (Georgia) High Schools, leading both teams to postseason play. In Tennessee, Aldridge started a football program at Perry County High School. He also served as the head coach in Mississippi at Class 6A Southaven High School for seven years. In his most recent stint as a head coach, Aldridge led the Okolana Chieftains to a 29-23 record over a four-year stretch. He led the team to the playoffs three out of his four seasons, making quarterfinals once and the semifinals the second.
“He’s done a little bit of everything. He came to us highly recommended by people on numerous coaching staffs,” Lynn principal Todd Tittle said. “We felt like this was a crucial hire. We’ve had a tough time and we felt like we had to have somebody who knew what it took at a school our size.”
Aldridge is eager to get into the program and begin his offseason workouts with the team in preparation for the coming spring training. “We’re just taking it from this day forward. We’re going to start working hard in the weight room and try to get stronger. Also we’re going to try and work on some agilities and basics,” he said. When asked about his game plan for the Bears he answered back with a well-minded statement. “Our offense will be well installed, we’re going to take control of the football and work on clock management. Our defensive plan is to use the entire field and stop people from reading out. Win the turnover ratio and give ourselves the opportunity for success,” the veteran coach said.
The Bears will begin their spring training at the end of the Bears baseball season. No schedule has been released.
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