St. Mary’s School is pleased to announce Josh Aldrich has accepted the position of head baseball coach of the high school varsity team. Coach Aldrich has been involved in coaching youth and school-age sports for 15 years and has spent the last three seasons managing the St. Mary’s Middle School Baseball team. His involvement with the local baseball community began as a Little League T-Ball Coach, and grew to include the honor of leading young ballplayers in tournament and All-Star competitions in the region. During this time, Coach Aldrich helped to create and manage a program for local youth to participate in competitive baseball tournaments throughout the state. Coach Aldrich is also involved in the St. Mary’s football community, where he serves as the Offensive Coordinator for the Crusader Football team.
Coach Aldrich brings a family approach to his coaching, supported by his wife Alicia and their three children – who are all student-athletes at St. Mary’s. He is eager for the upcoming season, sharing “our goal as a program is to focus on creating a positive learning environment for our young athletes. Sports create situations that these young people are guaranteed to face again as in their life, and we believe we can use these opportunities to help them develop strategies for continued successful.”
Coach Aldrich is assisted by coaches P.K. Koehler and Geoff Kirkpatrick; a group that brings dozens of years of coaching and playing experience to the program. St. Mary’s Director of Athletics Jamie Young states, “Coach Aldrich, along with his assistants, Geoff Kirkpatrick and PK Koehler, will be excellent leaders for our baseball program.”
The 2020 Crusader Baseball team is highlighted by several returners who have been thrust into leadership roles in the previous two seasons. Coach Aldrich explains, “we have strong senior class who had the opportunity to contribute as freshmen on the 2017 State Championship team, but then became instant leaders as the 2018 and 2019 seasons didn’t have a single senior participant. Each one of these guys has put in the work over the last couple seasons, playing against much more experienced teams. We are excited to see that hard work pay off this season.” Coach Aldrich also points to a strong group of underclassmen who will be major contributors. “Along with those seniors, we have a group of young guys who came in here last year as freshman and made big time contributions, guys who have many years of competitive baseball experience. We think they are the perfect compliment to this year’s senior class.”
While Coach Aldrich speaks highly of his team, Young identifies similar attributes to his new head coach, adding “Coach Aldrich brings a relentless work ethic and a genuine passion for teaching young men the game of baseball.”