Alumni Spotlight: Cole Aylward, Class of 2017

A three-time first-team all-conference attack and @the_mcla all-American, Cole averaged a hat trick every time he stepped on the field.

While Cole played lacrosse at a very high level, since graduating he now works at a much lower one 🤿


Cole Aylward

Name: Cole Aylward
Year Graduated: 2017
Major: Oceanography
Years Played: 12 (4 at Humboldt)
Position: Attack
Hometown: San Diego
High School: Granite Hills

How did you end up at Humboldt and joining the team?
I went to Humboldt for the great marine science undergrad program and ran into Dylan Rode at a club fair. It was all downhill from there.

What’s your favorite lacrosse moment at Humboldt?
Renting a beach house in Santa Cruz where we finished our undefeated interdivisional season!

Do you ever get a chance to get back to Humboldt County at all? What places would you go to visit or where would you go to eat/drink?
I’ve been back several times since I’ve graduated and I can’t wait to go back again. Looking forward to some cold ones at @redwoodcurtainbrewing

What does lacrosse mean to you?
I’ve always loved lacrosse and still do to this day. When I moved back home I volunteered at both my old high school and middle school lacrosse programs, hoping to give the kids of my community the same experiences I was lucky enough to have thanks to this sport.

What would you tell someone if they were thinking about going to Humboldt?
If you love rain and greenery you should definitely apply now.

What are you up to now?
I operate unmanned underwater vehicles as a government contractor for the US Navy.

Is there anything you want to add or want people to know?
Looking forward to seeing how the program has grown since I’ve been gone!