MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College Department of Athletics is pleased to announce its 2013 class for the Georgia College Athletics Hall of Fame. Rounding out the class is administrator and basketball coach Dr. Stan Aldridge.
On the Mount Rushmore of Georgia College Athletics, Aldridge would be firmly positioned next to Dr. Michael Peeler. Where Peeler set the foundation for future athletic and academic successes, Aldridge set the framework for the move to NCAA Division II and joining the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).
Aldridge came to Georgia College to coach the men’s basketball squad in 1975, and prior to joining the administrative ranks in 1986, brought in Georgia Intercollegiate Athletic Association (GIAC) Coach of the Year honors twice.
He served as Director of Athletics for the Colonials and then Bobcats for 17 years, taking over after the passing of Dr. Peeler. Just as comfortable mowing the outfield grass as he was in university board room meetings, Aldridge fostered the culture of community in the Georgia College Athletic Department, everyone coming together for a common goal; graduating student-athletes, developing them to be contributors to society while fielding competitive programs.
Under his watch, the program made continual and steady progress and became widely respected across the country for excellence. Aldridge added women’s soccer in 2004 and constructed an outstanding soccer facility. Facility upgrades were a constant during his tenure. Baseball and softball dugouts were constructed to include bathroom facilities. The Centennial Center received a message board and courtside tables with advertising capabilities.
Aldridge was the catalyst for the 20-year run of Georgia College hosting the GISA State Basketball Championships. This event brought thousands of fans from across the state into Milledgeville each winter. As the mission of the institution changed, Aldridge set aside scholarship funds for outstanding academic achievement and created a program to assist student-athletes that had exhausted their playing eligibility but needed additional time to finish their degree. The back-to-back PBC Commissioner’s Cup titles are a direct correlation to the foundation that Aldridge laid throughout his career.
Aldridge will join previous inductees Jennifer Joiner from softball, Phil Arp, John Kurtz, Rusty Kea, Greg Winters, Keith Slocumb and Tom Gorman from baseball, Duward Whelchel, Julia Roudkovskaya, Anna (Haggkvist) Sundstrom, Jay Torrence, Nancy Groesch, Lars Lindblom and Lilia Biktyakova from tennis, Robert Williams, Leonard Scott and Julius Joseph from men's basketball, Sherita Ballard from women's basketball, David Robinson and Alex McMichael from golf, Missy (Thomas) Swicord and Yeini (Gutierrez) Thompson from gymnastics, broadcaster Scott MacLeod and former athletic director and golf coach Michael Peeler.
Aldridge, Luiza Bitkyakova and baseball’s Chris Carr will be honored as part of Homecoming/Alumni Weekend Saturday, Feb. 23. They will be recognized at halftime of the men's game of a basketball doubleheader against the University of Montevallo and again at a formal ceremony in the Magnolia Ballroom, tentatively set for an 8 p.m. start.
For ticketing information on how to be a part of the Georgia College Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Feb. 23, contact the athletic department at 478-445-6341.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at www.twitter.com/BobcatSports and www.facebook.com/gcbobcats for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCBobcats.com for more information, and to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GC Athletics Hall of Fame.