Tuesday, September 09, 2003
TUSCALOOSA – University of Alabama Women’s Basketball coach Rick Moody has a young and talented group of post players and now he also has a proven, veteran coach to help develop them as Ron Aldy joins the Crimson Tide staff as an assistant coach.
“I am very thankful for this opportunity to work with Rick and his staff,” said Aldy. “I know the caliber of coaches and players in this program and I am looking forward to having a chance to help continue the success here. I am excited about working at a place with the athletic traditions of the University of Alabama.”
Aldy joins the Alabama staff following a six-year head coaching stint at his alma mater Ole Miss. He led the Lady Rebels to a pair of postseason appearances and a 79-94 overall record. In addition to serving at Ole Miss, Aldy’s knowledge of the always competitive Southeastern Conference includes five seasons as the associate head coach (1992-97) at the University of Florida.
“We are excited to have a coach with Ron’s experience joining our staff,” said Moody, set to start his 15th season with the Tide in 2003-04. “He is definitely a developer of post players and he is also a tremendous teacher of the game. He is also very familiar with the SEC. I am 100 percent certain that Ron is going to be an asset to this program. We were very fortunate that he was available at this time.”
Recognized around the country as a one of the best teachers of basketball, Aldy has sent several past pupils into the professional ranks including WNBA standout post players Merlakia Jones, Delisha Milton and Murriel Page. Additionally, Aldy knows what it takes to be successful having helped lead the Lady Gators to five NCAA Tournament appearances and a 110-44 overall record.
Along with over a decade of collegiate coaching experience, Aldy spent 23 years as a coach in the Mississippi junior college and prep ranks. He served as the head coach for Holmes Community College (1988-92), Grenada Kirk High School (1971-88) and Chamberlain Hunt Military Academy (1969-71).