New Longwood basketball coach Griff Aldrich answered ‘calling’ after 16 years in business, law |

Griff Aldrich spent 16 years working in the legal and business fields, in large part to address law-school debt, before returning to his passion: basketball.

On March 22, Longwood named Aldrich, 43, men’s basketball coach. He comes to the position with an eclectic portfolio that he believes may have helped him get the job.

Aldrich said his interest in the position “was a really a response to what I felt like was a calling. I think when you have that, in one sense, it’s almost liberating because you can just attack your daily tasks with a deeper sense of purpose.”

Aldrich, a self-described “Navy brat,” was born in San Diego and moved to Virginia Beach as a second-grader. Aldrich, a 1996 Hampden-Sydney graduate and former Tigers basketball player, worked as Maryland-Baltimore County’s director of recruiting and program development this season. During the 2016-17 season, he was the Retrievers’ director of basketball operations. He also has experience as an AAU coach in Texas.

UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to eliminate a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament when the Retrievers defeated Virginia 74-54 in the first round this year. Longwood’s search focused on Aldrich before the upset.

Aldrich, a graduate of the University of Virginia law school, took time Monday afternoon to answer questions about his journey to Longwood.

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