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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the parent council (board) members.

Coaching Staff

Matt Davis

Head Coach

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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, and 2015.

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 Roland. 

Adam Crabtree

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Adam is excited to join HEAT in 2014 as a coach after volunteering with the club over the last 4 years. Adam grew up in Wooster, Ohio and started swimming competitively at the age of 7. He had some great successes at Wooster, setting many club records, qualifying for both YMCA and USA zone meets multiple times, and qualifying for YMCA nationals for the first time at the age of 13. 

During high school, Adam was a multiple time state qualifier, two year captain, and helped Wooster win their first conference title in 12 years. Adam earned both All Ohio honors and Academic All American honors in during his time in high school.


Due to a shoulder injury, Adam gave up swimming competitively after high school. Instead, he opted to begin his coaching career as an assistant at Brunswick High School and play water polo for the University of Akron. While at Brunswick, Adam helped coach the school's first ever state qualifiers, All-Americans, USA national qualifier, Junior national qualifier, Speedo Sectional qualifiers, and over 90% of the school's top 10 times by event in school history. Adam also coached Keystone High School's only swimmer to the state meet in 2014. 

Outside of swimming, Adam has his teaching degree in high school mathematics and is finishing his applied mathematics masters degree at Cleveland State.

Josh Forsythe

Heat Age Group Coach

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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 Certification. 

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 2017.

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

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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!

Mallory Martin

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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 with friends.

Amanda Boswell

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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

Coach

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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 college.

Crystal McCann

Coach

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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!<

Ray Matthew

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Margaret Brown

Coach

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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.

Paige Kelly

Coach

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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.

Jamie Alexander

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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 team. 

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 school.  

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.

Parent Council

Kasie Pizarro

President - Parent Council

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Kelly Bartlett

Vice President - Parent Council

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Chris Tanner

Secretary - Parent Council

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Heidi Gullet

Treasurer - Parent Council

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Cathy Bonanno

Merchandise

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Stacey Newyear

Meet Director

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Brit Stiegemeier

AMSA Coordinator

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Darla Sawicki

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