HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Spring Valley coach Aldridge steps down

Special to The StateMarch 25, 2014 

Spring Valley coach Miles Aldridge

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Spring Valley football coach Miles Aldridge has notified the administration that he plans to step down from his position after four years on the job. He will accept the head coaching position at William A. Hough High in Cornelius, N.C., which is much closer to his home.

Aldridge went 28-19 in for seasons with Spring Valley, including a 12-1 mark last season in which the Vikings completed an unbeaten regular season before losing in the second round of the Class 4A, Division I playoffs.

“This was not an easy decision,” Aldridge said. “Everything here at Spring Valley is good, from the administration, athletics director, the principal, and players. It’s a good program and a great school. It’s been a great experience. It’s not like I’m leaving something that is bad. I was perfectly happy, but I guess you could say I’m at the backside of my career or latter stages. I thought it was a good move to get closer to home and finish coaching, which I still hope to do for a long, long time.”

Aldridge has a house in Huntersville, N.C. and has been commuting since taking the Spring Valley job at the conclusion of the 2009 football year. He steadily improved the Vikings each season, going 3-8 in his first year to 5-6, 8-4 and 12-1.

The 1967 graduate of A.C. Flora has been successful on the high school, college and pro levels. He has made stops at South Carolina, Clemson, East Carolina, Mississippi, Duke, N.C. State and the Buffalo Bills of the NFL, among several others. He has coached with legends such as Danny Ford, Dick Sheridan and Phillip Fulmer.

Aldridge will inherit a much better situation at Hough than he did when he arrived at Spring Valley. Hough went 10-2 last season with a first round loss to Independence High in the Class 4A playoffs in North Carolina. The Vikings were 2-9 the season before Aldridge arrived.

He rejoined the high school ranks in 2009 at Mullins before taking the Spring Valley job. He hopes the stop at Hough will be his final one.

“I’m going to coach until I can’t walk or they bury me, whichever comes first,” Aldridge said. “That what I do, and that’s what I like to do. Hopefully, I can be close to home to finish out my career.”

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