Tim Aylward easing into retirement after almost four decades with Pius X athletics

However, before the Pius X athletic director retiring after almost four decades with the school, he's still trying to stay busy. 

LINCOLN – When the coronavirus derailed the spring sports season, it forced Tim Aylward to slow down.

However, before the Pius X athletic director retiring after almost four decades with the school, he’s still trying to stay busy.

“I had always assumed I would just kind of go and go and go until the end of the year, then drop off the cliff,” Aylward said. “Instead, it’s just been that kind of gradual, easing into it.”

Aylward has been the athletic director for the past 10 years after guiding the Thunderbolt football program for 31 years. He won four state championships and compiled 204 wins during that time after he replaced legendary coach Vince Aldrich in 1985.

“And so when I took over, it was kind of like, ‘we’re going to win,'” Aylward said. “That’s just it. We’re going to do well. You know, that tradition was there. I just had this tremendous feeling of, I better not screw this up you know?”

Aylward served as both athletic director and football coach from 2009 to 2015, when he finally decided to hang up the whistle as Pius X’s football coach.

“As I look back I’m like, ‘Man, I must have been nuts.'”

Aylward won’t be a stranger. He will still help out around the school, but plans on officially calling it quits in June.

After that, he’ll just try and stay busy.

“My worst nightmare is to be sitting in a chair, flipping through bad daytime TV going ‘AAAAH.'”

He’ll also try something new when attending a football game this fall.

“I’ve always said it’d be nice to grab a Coke and a box of popcorn and just sit down and watch a game sometime,” Aylward said. “So I’ll try that and see how it works. Hopefully, I don’t look and say why are they doing that? Or what’s going on there? I would have done this, but you know. Hopefully, I don’t do that. I just sit back, relax and enjoy.”

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