Vince Aldrich - Outstanding Coach

1956-1985 | Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Vince Aldrich pius x athletics hall of fame

Coach Aldrich began the Pius X football program in 1956 as part of the original staff of Pius X and served in the capacity of head coach until his death in 1985. Over the course of four decades, he compiled 18 winning seasons and a record of 154-91-10. Those winning seasons amounted to 13 Top 10 finishes and ten Top 5 finishes. Aldrich coached in two Shrine Bowls and finished his career with five state championships in 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1978. The football field is named Aldrich Field in his honor and Aldrich was inducted into the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame in 1999.

Aldrich started on the Nebraska football team before enlisting and serving in World War II. He was awarded a purple heart for injuries sustained during the Normandy Campaign at Omaha Beach. He completed his teaching degree at Nebraska after the war and began coaching at Cathedral High School. He married Lois Jeanne Foster of Lincoln in 1952 and had four children who all graduated from Pius X.

Mike Schmidt – Class of 1968: “He made you into what you wanted to be and I’m forever indebted that he appealed to our better instincts. In the thousands of lives Vince touched, he gave us those intangible ingredients of character, integrity, self-discipline, and honesty.”