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Tennis: Aldridge takes over as Carroll tennis coach
After seven years, Carroll tennis coach Norm Smith is stepping down and will be replaced by assistant Corey Aldridge.
Aldridge has been Smith's assistant at Carroll for all seven years of Smith's tenure and was one of 80 applicants and four coaches interviewed for the position.
"I'm very excited to have been offered the position and have already begun my duties," Aldridge said. "The last couple of years, the writing has kind of been on the wall that coach Smith was going to be leaving. So I've gotten more and more of grasp of the daily routines and that has been a big help. I've already been working with the scheduling and the budgets and things like that."
Aldridge grew up in Oklahoma and played in college at Cameron University in Division II in Lawton, Okla. After graduating, Aldridge coached for one season at Ennis before moving to Carroll.
Aldridge in order to continue Carroll's winning traditions in tennis, they need to get to kids at a younger age.
"Our main concern is developing our younger players," he said. "That starts at the elementary levels and continues through middle school to high school. We want to get them involved in tennis and involved with the USTA. This is going to be important in a district as competitive as we are in and with other sports such as lacrosse and hockey. We need to keep the kids playing tennis."