Carroll ISD has hired Corey Aldridge as the new Dragon varsity tennis coach. Aldridge takes over the program after serving as an assistant at Carroll since 2005. Aldridge replaces Norm Smith, who is retiring after more than 30 years as a tennis head coach and the past eight with the Dragons. The position oversees the boys’ and girls’ teams.
“We are very excited that Corey Aldridge will take over for Coach Norm Smith upon his retirement at the end of the school year,” Carroll Athletic Director Kevin Ozee said. “The hiring committee interviewed several highly-decorated tennis coaches and unanimously chose Corey to lead the program. Coach Smith has done a tremendous job mentoring Corey and it is always great when we can promote a long-time Dragon who knows our kids, our program, and our community. Corey’s enthusiasm, knowledge of tennis, and love for the Dragon Nation really came through during the interview process.”
Aldridge, 34, has worked alongside Smith the past eight years after teaching and coaching in Ennis ISD. During that time, the Dragons have produced multiple Class 5A state qualifiers, including two last spring. Aldridge has coached tennis since 1998 after graduating from Cameron University (Lawton, Okla.), where he was a member of the tennis program.
“I’ve waited a long time for this opportunity and am excited about the future of our program,” Aldridge said. “I’d like to thank CISD and the community of Southlake for allowing me be a part of this storied program.”
Smith will officially retire at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.