Josh Alderson


  • MBA, Nonprofit Management, Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • B.A., Business Administration and Management, Lenoir-Rhyne University

Josh Alderson is the assistant coach for men's soccer at Lenoir-Rhyne. After a standout four-year career on the pitch, Alderson moved to the sidelines, where he helps the Bears in many ways. As a coach, Alderson helped the Bears to the program's first SAC regular-season championship in team history in 2018. He was elevated from a graduate assistant to an assistant coach in the summer of 2020.

As a player, Alderson helped the Bears to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016 and the program's second-ever NCAA tournament win that year. Alderson helped the Bears past Tusculum 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as a six seed. Alderson ranks fifth in program history in matches played with 71 and was a 2016 Second Team All-South Atlantic Conference selection. Alderson was the team captain for the 2015 and 2016 seasons and was also a United Soccer Coaches All-Region selection in 2016.

Alderson is from Formby, England, and played for Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley in England before coming to the States. During the 2015 and 2017 summers, Alderson played in the USL Premier Development League for Springfield Synergy (Missouri) and West Virginia Chaos (West Virginia), respectively, captaining the Chaos and finishing third both seasons. He has also coached North Carolina Olympic Development Program and club soccer with Catawba Valley Youth Soccer Association, with whom he is still involved.