NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard Academy veteran wrestling head coach Steve Eldridge has announced his retirement after 47 years.
Eldridge, ranked 55th all-time among collegiate wrestling coaches with 314 wins, played football and wrestled at the University of Missouri before coming to the Coast Guard Academy in 1966.
During his 47 years, Eldridge earned four Coach of the Year honors and led the Bears to five New England team championships. He coached nine All-Americans including two-time National runner-up Chris Fertig ('01) and most recently Nate Giorgio, who placed fourth last season at 125 pounds in 2012.
Eldridge also served as the men's cross country coach for 43 seasons, the last being 2011. He coached four All-Americans in cross country and led the Bears to the NCAA Division III Championships in both 1989 and 2001. He was the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2010.
He was inducted into the Coast Guard Academy Hall of Fame in 1989 and the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III Hall of Fame in 1995. Eldridge was the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award recipient by the NWCA Hall of Fame last year.
"We wish Mr. Eldridge all the best in retirement. We appreciate his many years of service to the Academy," said Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz, Academy Superintendent.
June 18, 2014 Bratland Named Head Wrestling Coach
March 2, 2014 Nate Giorgio Heading Back to NCAA Championships
March 1, 2014 Three Remain After Day One of Northeast Regional
February 11, 2014 Azzari Named Pilgrim Rookie of the Week
February 9, 2014 Painten Win in OT Leads Bears to Sweep
January 27, 2014 CGA to Host All-Academy Championships on Saturday
January 26, 2014 Bears Place 8th at New England Dual Championships
January 23, 2014 Eldridge Retires After 47 Years at Coast Guard Academy
January 19, 2014 Bears Win Two of Three at Johnson & Wales
January 11, 2014 Wrestling Splits on Final Day at Lycoming Duals
January 10, 2014 Bears Drop a Pair on Day One of 2014 Lycoming Whitehill Duals