Pius X High School has announced the retirement of two administrators, both of whom have served at Pius X for most of their professional career. Tim Aylward, the school’s athletic director, and Jan Frayser, the Director of Guidance, will both retire at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
School Principal Tom Korta made the announcement at an all-school Mass on Monday.
Tim Aylward graduated from Pius X in 1969 before attending Kearney State, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education. After brief stints as a teacher and coach at Kearney High School and Cozad High School, Aylward was hired as a physical education teacher and head football coach to replace the legendary Vince Aldrich in 1985. As a head coach, he led the Thunderbolts football program to more than 200 wins and four state championships. He has been the recipient of numerous coaching honors, including coach of the year. Aylward was inducted into the Pius X Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. Currently in his tenth year as the school’s athletic director, he has overseen major facility improvements such as installing turf at Aldrich Field, purchasing state of the art scoreboards in Bishop Flavin Gym, and adding a softball practice field on campus. Aylward was also instrumental in the school joining the Heartland Athletic Conference.
After 32 years as the Director of Guidance at Pius X High School, Jan Frayser is often referred to as “the heart” of the school. Frayser earned a bachelor’s degree from Chadron State College with endorsements in theatre, music and speech. She then received a master’s degree in Secondary School Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, which led to her hiring as the director of guidance in 1987. Jan has been the driving force behind many significant programs and improvements over the years, including the establishment of the Acquiring and Building Learning Excellence (ABLE) program for leaners who benefit from extra assistance, the Ambassadors program which aims to recruit and empower student advocates for peers who are most vulnerable, and the TLC program, which provides targeted assistance to failing students. Jan has served on crisis response teams for schools in the Lincoln Diocese, and is part of the city-wide suicide prevention coalition.
Pius will begin its search immediately to fill both positions. Interested applicants can visit its employment webpage for application instructions.
The Pius X Foundation will create two endowed funds in their honor. Anyone may donate to the funds by sending a check to 6000 A Street, Lincoln, NE 68510, visiting https://piusx.net/donate/, or contacting Courtney Johnson, Foundation director, at 402-488-1046.
About Pius X Foundation
Now in its 50th year, the Pius X Foundation manages an endowment of more than $15 million, which consists of 48 scholarships and 12 endowed funds. Since its inception in 1969, the Foundation has transferred more than $10 million to the high school for operating expenses.
About Endowed Funds
Endowed funds are a long-term investment strategy created by donors and managed by a foundation, where donations to the fund are typically not touched, but the annual earnings from the funds are used to benefit the school per the funds founder’s wishes.