Patrick Aylward begins his 11th season as the top assistant to University of Delaware golf head coach Mike Keogh in 2016-17.
During his first year in Newark, he helped the Blue Hens finish among the top five in eight of 10 tournaments on the season. Delaware captured the Cornell Invitational title in the fall, while Justin Martinson earned medalist honors at the George Washington and Lafayette Invitationals during the spring season.
The 2009-10 season was even more successful for the Blue Hens, who captured four tournament titles - all in consecutive weeks - during the fall and compiled 11 Top 10 finishes. Delaware placed sixth at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships thanks to the play of junior Justin Martinson, who captured the individual title and moved on to place 13th at the NCAA Southeast Regionals. Martinson, who also was named the CAA Player of the Year, became the first UD golfer to win a conference title since 1989.
Delaware continued its strong run during 2010-11, finishing among the top 10 in all but two tournaments while claiming team titles at the Navy Fall Classic and Villanova Invitational. Martinson earned first team All-CAA honors, while he concluded his career as the school’s career leader in lowest stroke average.
Additionally Martinson carded the two lowest rounds in Delaware history with a 64 at the Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate and a 65 at the Navy Fall Classic, while fellow senior Kevin McLister fired a pair of 66 rounds.
Aylward helped lead the Blue Hens to another strong year in 2011-12, which featured six top-five finishes including defending the team title at the Navy Fall Classic. In the spring Greg Matthias became the second Blue Hen in three years to claim the CAA title, as he earned medalist honors at nearby Wilmington Country Club.
In 2014-15 Aylward helped Keogh win CAA Coach of the Year honors, after they led a young squad to four second place team finishes. The Blue Hens featured four players who carded a round in the 60's, and set a UD single season record with a 75.66 team average round. Delaware also featured three players with an average round below 75 for the first time in school history.
A native of Highland Falls, N.Y., Aylward, 39, earned a bachelor’s degree in health and fitness management at NCAA Division III Marymount in 1996 following an outstanding four-year playing career. He was a two-year team captain and helped the team set a school record for all-time low team score in 1996. He also played one season for the MU soccer team. While at James I. O’Neill High School in Fort Montgomery, N.Y., he was a two-year captain and a state sectional qualifier in 1991 and 1992.
He served as a volunteer assistant coach at Marymount in 1997 and 1998 before becoming head coach at his alma mater in 1999. He left as the school’s all-time winningest coach and his golfers set six school records for lowest match score by a team and an individual during his tenure.
In addition to his role as assistant coach at Delaware, Aylward works with Bank of America.
He and his wife, Maribeth, reside in Newark with their two daughters, Emma and Annie, and son, Davis.
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