G. Blake Eldridge ’96, Dean of Students, returned to the Lawrenceville family in 2004, when he joined the faculty as an English master, as well as the boys' varsity soccer head coach.
While a student at Lawrenceville, Eldridge was the captain of the boys' varsity soccer team. He continued his soccer career, playing for the Maroons at the University of Chicago, where he earned a B.A. in philosophy. As a freshman, he competed in the final round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (N.C.A.A.) Championship, and during much of his college career his team was ranked in the N.C.A.A. top 25.
Previous to his employment at Lawrenceville, Blake worked at the Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island as well as The Hill School in Pottstown, PA; he was the boy's varsity assistant soccer coach at both schools.
Recognizing the U.S. Soccer Academy Program and club soccer teams as key resources used by college recruitment personnel for talent evaluation, Coach Eldridge has constructed a progressive soccer and character-building program designed to position Lawrenceville athletes as top-level recruits based on their maturity, academic success, and athletic performance. Under Coach Eldridge’s leadership, recent Lawrenceville graduates have gone on to play and captain soccer at schools such as the University of Pennsylvania, Williams College, Amherst College, Middlebury College, the University of Chicago, and Gettysburg College.