Thanks Riggle, I've always core aerated and then lightly dragged the site to fill the holes up to 1/4", then seeded and dragged it out, just to eliminate seed sitting deep. Makes sense to get some down first though! Maybe I'll get half down before and half after aeration.
Hope I can get him to keep water on it and good germination, as aerating in this scenario is going to stir up weed seed like crazy and I feel an aggressive pre and post weed treatment will be absolutely critical next spring. Which is why a dormant seeding had me concerned.
NWS long range is calling for warmer than normal temps for us, might as well roll the dice and get it going this week.