Already a member of the Wilmington University Athletics Department Hall of Fame, Aiello was inducted into the Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame on March 19 in a ceremony held at the Embassy Suites in Newark, Del.
Aiello has been prominent on the Delaware sports landscape since he started coaching in 1977. He helped lead the girls basketball team at his alma mater, St. Elizabeth High School, to three DIAA State Championships (1979, ’82 and ’85). His teams appeared in 10 State Championship games as he accumulated an overall record of 233-37, establishing the tradition of court excellence that St. E’s girls basketball is known for today.
Before coming to Wilmington as an administrator, Aiello also coached at Archmere Academy, and established the girls basketball program at Wilmington’s Goldey-Beacom College, where he was named NAIA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. His career coaching record is an impressive 326-87.
“I’m a firm believer in the saying ‘if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life,’” Aiello said at the Delaware Hall of Fame induction breakfast. “I’m eternally grateful for St. E’s, Archmere, Goldey-Beacom and Wilmington for allowing me to do what I love.”
During his eight years at the helm of WilmU’s Athletics Department, Aiello helped complete the move to a fully-sanctioned NCAA Division II program in the fall of 2004. The next year, he oversaw the addition of two teams — men’s golf and women’s lacrosse.
During his tenure, the Wildcats won six Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championships, made eight NCAA Regional appearances, and one team — men’s golf — went to the NCAA Division II National Tournament in 2011.
Nine Wildcat student-athletes were named NCAA All-Americans under Aiello and one was named to the NCAA Academic All-American team. He also helped raise graduation rates among the student-athletes to an all-time high of 68 percent. WU