Stories produced by St. Peter's Journalism Students
BY MATTHEW SPECKMAN, CLASS OF 2013 —
In baseball, everyone is given a window of opportunity. Whether one is playing or coaching, the game effects each of us in very unique ways. Preston Aldridge takes us through his story; from student- athlete to student-coach.
Preston started his journey as a high school baseball player in Des Moines, Iowa. Out of high school, Preston went to Jefferson County Community College. After two years of stellar play, he had several opportunities, and he landed at Saint Peter’s University.
Aldridge played two years at Saint Peter’s, tying the single season hit record his junior year. As he finished up his senior season, he looked forward to the upcoming Major League Baseball draft in June.
After the draft passed, his name was unannounced. At this point, he had to think of a life after baseball. However, Preston had the opportunity to stay in the game thanks to coach Sean Cashman who asked Preston to be a student-coach.
Today, Preston works with the Saint Peter’s Peacocks baseball program as an outfield coach and hitting instructor. You can find him in the cage everyday, whether he is hitting off the tee or throwing live batting practice.
In the future, Preston still aspires to be a professional baseball player, but he knows that coaching will always be a great backup plan.