Coach Matt became Head Coach of the Hudson Explorers Aquatic
Team (HEAT) in 2005. He is also the Head Coach of the Hudson High
School team as well as The Coordinate of Aquatic Director for
Hudson City Schools. Matt currently holds an ASCA Level 4
certification. Under Matt’s direction, HEAT has earned the
Bronze medal club excellence award the in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,
2018, 2019 as one of the top 200 USA swim clubs.
During Matt's tenure the HEAT record books have been rewritten.
Since 2005 there have been more than 400 HEAT team records broken
during the short course and long course seasons. Matt has led the
HEAT to numerous top 3 team performance in Lake Erie. In 2018
HEAT won its first every Club of the Year award given to the top
team in Lake Erie. HEAT has had several swimmers compete on a
National level at the Speedo Sectional meets, USA and NCSA Jr
Nationals, Senior Nationals, and Olympic Trials. Matt was voted as
Lake Erie Sr. Coach of the year in 2009 and 2018 by his peers. In
2014, one of HEAT’s swimmers (Ross Palazzo), earned a spot of
USA Swimming National Jr team.
Matt has led the Hudson HS Girls and Boys varsity team to
District Championships 10 times. In 2018 and 2019 the Girls
placed 3rd at the OHSAA HS State Championship, and In
2015 the boys team placed 3rd at the OHSAA HS State
Championships. Matt has been selected at District Coach of the
year 11x, as well as Ohio HS Boys State coach of the year in 2012,
During his time at Hudson HS the team has broken more than 40
varsity and pool records, 8 State Champions, 1 state record, had
50+ HS Swimming/Diving All-Americans, 60+ Academic All-Americans,
and more than 120+ All-Ohio performances.
Matt lives in Hudson with his wife Nicole and two dogs, Tate and
Heat Age Group Coach
Josh Forsythe joined the HEAT program in 2019. Josh began his
coaching in 2013 and has spent time coaching age group and
senior-level swimmers with the Canton City Schools Swim Team,
Canton McKinley High School, Lake High School, and Malone
University. He currently holds an ASCA Level 2
Josh grew up in Canton, OH, and graduated from Canton McKinley in
2006. He attended The Ohio State University where he graduated with
a degree in Film Studies and a minor in Music. He also earned a
license to teach social studies from Walsh University in
In his free time, Josh enjoys reading and exercising. He is a
diehard Cleveland sports fan and aspires to one day, be a
contestant on Jeopardy.'
Holly Kear joined Hudson HEAT and Hudson High School Swim Team in 2011.
She enjoys coaching all age groups of swimmers and witnessing the amazing goals they can accomplish. Holly began swimming competitively at the age of 5. She swam competitively for over ten years with the Massillon YMCA Team, Massillon Aquatic Club, and Massillon Washington High School. As a Massillon Tiger Shark swimmer Holly was a four-year letter recipient and four-year district qualifier.
She graduated from Washington High School in 2004 and went on to attend Kent State University where she studied Early Childhood Education. She graduated from Kent State in May 2010, has had various positions in schools and is currently a Kindergarten Teacher at Suffield Elementary in Field Local Schools! Holly is also currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Special Education.
In the summers Holly serves as the Pool Manager and Head Swim Coach for The Country Club of Hudson. In her spare time Holly likes to swim, run, play tennis, enjoy other outside activities, watch her favorite Ohio sports teams with her favorite pup Bailey. Go Bucks!
Coach Mal is excited for another great season. You can find her
on deck with the Senior, Elite or National HEAT groups a couple
times a week. She started working with these amazing swimmers in
2012. She has served as an Assistant Varsity coach with the Hudson
Explorers since 2010. Go Boats! During the day, she is a Speech
Language Pathologist at Hudson Middle and High Schools. In her off
time, she enjoys being outside, watching sports and hanging out
Amanda grew up in Hudson and has been swimming for as long as she can remember. She was a member of the HHS swim team all four years however did not continue swimming competitively in college. She attended Miami University and holds a degree in Exercise Science as well as a Master's in Sport Psychology.
Since graduating from Miami, Amanda was the Head coach for a season at LifeCenter Plus, then began coaching at Kenston High School in Bainbridge. She was at Kenston for three seasons and took swimmers to the state meet two of the seasons. Amanda absolutely loves coaching and is very excited to join HEAT.
Outside of coaching, Amanda is the Aquatic and Youth Program Director at LifeCenter Plus and enjoys running, swimming, hiking with her dog Bailey, traveling, and most outdoor activities.
Bart Kimble is rejoining HEAT after a 5-year hiatus, having
previously coached at HEAT from 2008-2012. He is looking forward to
getting back to the pool and helping the HEAT swimmers develop both
their talent and love of the sport.
Bart grew up swimming in the LE District. He swam YMCA,
USA Swimming, High School and finished up his career at Penn State
University where he was team captain his senior year. He
served as assistant coach at Stow High School from 2001-2004 and
was named Head coach at Stow from 2004-2008.
Bart received his PhD from Penn State University and now works
full-time for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. as a Principal
Engineer working on Tire Performance Prediction. Bart and his
wife Deb live in Stow and have two daughters who are currently in
Crystal is from Brunswick and had the opportunity to swim under Coach Adam and Coach Erin for all four years of high school. Crystal has a degree in Education from Liberty University. Crystal swam for a brief time with Liberty University before back pain ended her career. She finished the season by recruiting new swimmers and managing the team.
Crystal now lives in Stow, works full time as a nanny and enjoys hiking and biking with her husband. She volunteers with Porch and Edge at the Stow campus of Christ Community Chapel. Crystal cannot wait to see what this season holds as she gets to know the team and encourages them to do their best!<
Margaret grew up in Sioux City, Iowa and moved to Ohio in 5th grade. Although she has always been comfortable in the water, she was never able to swim competitively. Margaret grew up as an avoid soccer player, competing through college on a competitive club team.
Margaret began her coaching career with the WRS Seariders about 18 years ago, and coached there for three years. Between coaching jobs, she got married and started a family. After her oldest of two daughters was two years old, I was hired as an assistant coach for the TigerSharks team in Cuyahoga Falls where she has spent the past 11 years.
Margaret is excited to transition into a new learning/coaching opportunity with HEAT.
Coach Paige has been around HEAT for about 15 years in different
capacities. Growing up in Hudson and having a passion for swimming
she started her swimming career slashing around in East Woods pool.
Paige has swam/ represented HEAT from the ages 8-22. Coach Paige
was a 4-time varsity letterman, 4-time state qualifier, and team
captain senior year of high school. After her high school years she
went on to swim for The Ohio State University and competed in one
season as well as the B1G Championships. After her freshman season
Paige took a few months off to reflect the possibility of
transferring. With the help of Matt Davis and HEAT she was able to
train and successfully transfer to The University of Kentucky
halfway through her sophomore year (becoming a redshirt season).
Paige competed for the Wildcats through the next three years of
eligibility becoming a three-time top 24 finisher in the 500
Freestyle, top 24 finisher in the 400 Individual Medley, and
two-time top 8 finisher in the 1650 Freestyle throughout her
experiences at SEC Championships. While with the Wildcats Paige
also was a two time team captain as well as a two time NCAA
Championship Qualifier in the 1650 Freestyle. Coach Paige has just
recently graduated from the University of Kentucky with her
Bachelors in Kinesiology and Exercise Science and is taking time
before pursuing her dream of becoming a Physical Therapist.
Outside of coaching Paige enjoys swimming, biking, and sometimes
running with her own coach (Matt). She loves helping others and has
loved her time volunteering for a non-profit Parkinson’s
Foundation called InMotion (she volunteer coaches there when she
isn’t coaching swimming). She is excited to get to share her
love of swimming with everyone she is able to coach and is excited
to be able to be a part of the HEAT team in a new capacity, giving
back to the team that has given so much to her over the years.
Coach Jamie has been around HEAT since she was just a small
fourth-grader back in the morning green group practices with Coach
Holly and Coach Matt. Jamie swam HEAT through grade school then as
she entered high school, became a part of the Boats team. Jamie is
a three-year varsity letterman and was a senior captain of the
Jamie is a freshman at Kent State University with a major in Art
Education and a minor in business. While Kent State does not have
an official swim team, Jamie still swims in her free time and also
plans to join the club team that practices at her
Jamie is incredibly excited to be able to stay apart of the HEAT
program and hopes to impact these young swimmers as her former
coaches had done for her. She wishes that the love of swimming can
be spread to the younger generations and that HEAT can keep growing
into an even more fantastic program.