Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Matt Davis Head Coach

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 , 2020, and 2021  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 per formance in Lake Erie in both SC and LC Team Championships.  In 2018 and 2020,  HEAT won '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,  Futures,  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.  HEAT has had numerous swimmers selected to Zone and National Select camps, and even had a swimmer earn a spot on the USA National Jr Team.  During Matt’s tenure he has produced swimmers that have competed all of the county at the collegiate level including Florida, Tennessee, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Akron, Ohio University and many others universities.  


Matt has led the Hudson HS Girls and Boys varsity t eam to District Championships 13  times.  In 2018 and 2019 the Girls placed 3 rd  at the OHSAA HS State Championship,  In  2015 the boys team placed 3rd at the OHSAA HS State Championships. Matt has been selected  at District Coach of the year 13 x, 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, crowned 8 State C hampions, set 1 state record, and had 70 + HS S wimming/Diving All-Americans, 70 + Academic  All-Americans, and more than 170  All-Ohio performances.   Matt has also been selected by USA Swimming to serve at the Zone Select camp 2 times, as well as the National Select Camp in Colorado Springs in 2019. Matt also served a 2 year term as President of the Ohio HS Swim Coaches Association. 


Matt lives in  West Akron  with his wife Nicole, son Parker,  and two dogs, Tate and Roland. 


Josh Forsythe 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 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 Coach

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 Coach

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.

Jamie Alexander Coach


Coach Jamie has been around HEAT since she was a fourth-grader back in the morning green group practices with CoachHolly and Coach Matt. Jamie swam HEAT through grade school then as she entered high school, became a part of the high school team. Jamie is a three-year varsity letterman and was a senior captain of the team. 

Jamie is a junior at Kent State University getting her undergraduate degree in zoology with plans to get her masters in marine biology. While she no longer swims full time, she is a part of the Akron Triathlon Club with some of her friends who go to school there.

Jamie is incredibly excited to be able to stay a part 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.


Paul Peterson Coach

Paul started coaching in 1978 with Bloomfield Hills Swim Club.  In 1979, he started Birmingham Bloomfield Atlantis Swim Club and started coaching at Blookfield Hills Andover High School.  He coached numerous state champions at Andover, and over 60 High School All Americans.  Paul says "We were fortunate to win 6 Girls' Sate Championship (Class A) and 1 Boys' State Championship (Class A).

Paul's club team (BBA) won numerous club state championships.  Many state records, numerous national top ten ranked swimmers, Junior National Champions, record setting national (Jr) relays, swimmer named to Pan Am roster.  A 1986 swimmer still holds the 13-14 200 Free state record.

Paul left coaching in '87 to enter the automotive industry, and retired in 2013, and came back to his love of coaching.  

He coached at a few clubs before joining Club Wolverine in 2015 as the National Team Coach and assistant to the intermediate level groups.  There, he coached numerous state, sectional, NCSA, Junior and Senior Nationals champion swimmers to many club records.  In 2018, Club Wolverine was Club NCSA LC Champs.

Paul loves to golf, and is looking forward to helping every swimmer achieve their goals at HEAT.

Jason Alexander Coach
Elizabeth Maiwurm Coach
Kate Johnson Coach
EJ McIlduff Coach
Coach EJ is excited to be joining HEAT this season.  He has been in coaching and aquatics for over 10 years.  He has worked with Sharks Swimming, Shaker Heights High School, Ohio Masters, and HCER Learn to Swim.  He currently holds ASCA Level 1 and USMS Level 2 certification.
Coach EJ grew up in Kent Ohio and went to Kent State and Akron for Early Childhood Education.  He teaches swimming for gym classes at Eastwoods during the day.  He loves Cleveland sports, his dogs, and video games when he has the chance.
Board of Directors
Mel Badziong President - Parent Council
Melissa Clifford Vice President - Parent Council
Heidi Gullet Treasurer - Parent Council
Neikedra Womack Merchandise
Stacey Newyear Meet Director
Brit Stiegemeier AMSA Coordinator
Lori Baylor Team Manager
Katie Bonomo Secretary - Parent Council
Melissa Clifford Awards