Spring Valley head football coach Miles Aldridge named Coach of the Year

Spring Valley head football coach Miles Aldridge was awarded Coach of the Year by the South Carolina Football Coaches Association.

Spring Valley head football coach Miles Aldridge was named Coach of the Year by the South Carolina Football Coaches Association. (photo by Tom Lanahan)

Spring Valley head football Coach Miles Aldridge walked away with the honor of being named Coach of the Year by the South Carolina Football Coaches Associationon  Thursday night.

Chapin head football coach Justin Gentry was honored as the AAA Upper State Coach of the Year.

Chapin head football coach Justin Gentry was honored as the AAA Upper State Coach of the Year. (photo by Tom Lanahan)

The event at Seawell’s honored 25 players and 10 coaches in high school football from across the state for the 2013 Palmetto Champions All-Star football team.

Aldridge was appreciative of the award and the people who helped him earn the title.

“I’d still rather be playing but I’m very thankful for my players, the administration at Spring Valley and all the people who have given me this opportunity,” he said.

Aldridge wasn’t the only coach from the Midlands to be honored. Chapin head coach Justin Gentry was recognized as the AAA Upper State Coach of the Year, and Dutch Fork head coach Tom Knotts was honored as the AAAA Lower State Coach of the Year.

Two Midlands players also earned honors at the event.

Chapin’s Carter White was honored as the top back in the AAA Upper State division as a wide receiver, and Batesburg-Leesville’s Isaiah Cullum was recognized as the top lineman from the AA Upper State division as a defensive lineman on the all-star team.

Three players were honored, along with Aldridge, as the overall top players at their position in the state.

Wando offensive lineman Nolan Kelleher was honored as top lineman, Northwestern quarterback Mason Rudolph was named top back and West Florence kicker/punter Alex Spence was named top special teams player.

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