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Kate Arth

1.  How many years have you coached?  How many with Hudson United?
I have coached soccer on and off since my sophomore year of high school when I started assisting at Explorer summer camps. This is my second year coaching with Hudson United. 

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
My coaching philosophy focuses on several aspects 1) positive team development; 2) positive player experiences; 3) creating the "just right" challenge; 4) enhancing understanding of the game by guiding team conversations that focus on the teams self-identification of their strengths and areas for improvement; 5) allowing each player to be creative and have fun; 6) fostering an environment that focuses on learning from previous experiences and improving upon them; 7) guide player and team development by focusing on the power of "yet"... "I can't juggle...yet". 8) Whether you win or you lose, you learn. 

3.  What is your favorite color?
Blue

4.  What is your soccer playing experience?  What position did you play?
Although I have been kicking a soccer ball since I could walk, my team experiences did not begin until we moved to America when I was twelve. Where we grew up in England, there were no girls teams and children couldn't play on a team until they were eight! When we moved to Hudson, I began playing recreational soccer and I played for the Lady Explorers in high school. Through college and my adult life, I have played intermittently on co-ed adult leagues. I was a referee during high school. 

5.  What is your favorite food?  Grapes

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Lemon

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
My favorite player of all time is Mia Hamm. I don't watch many professional sports, but I truly enjoy watching the World Cup. 


Corey Barnes

1.  How many years have you coached?  How many with Hudson United?
This is my 4th year coaching club and third with Hudson United.

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
My coaching philosophy is to enhance players' soccer IQ through targeted possession activities.  I strive to create a positive team culture where players feel comfortable taking risks and making mistakes.

3.  What is your favorite color?
Blue

4.  What is your soccer playing experience?  What position did you play?
I played for Hudson High School, primarily as a left midfielder.

5.  What is your favorite food?
Burger and fries

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
Manchester United, Ryan Giggs

 


RJ Batsch

1.  How many years have you coached?  How many with Hudson United?
I have coached and assisted coached for a total of 5 years. This is my first year coaching my own team for Hudson United.

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
I believe that constant feedback to the players in a positive tone will keep their interest in the game at a high level. I like to create an atmosphere where the players can learn from myself and others around them, while mastering the fundamentals of the game. Gameplay should focus on possession and playing through the defense. I encourage players to get as much exposure to soccer as possible, and if allowed, watch professional players on TV or YouTube.

3.  What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is gray. Yes, I know it is boring, yet practical.

4.  What is your soccer playing experience?  What position did you play?
I have been playing soccer since the age of 4 and continue to play as much as possible. I was captain of my high school team my senior year, but unfortunately was not able to play at the college level due to injuries. I have regularly played central midfield, but challenged myself to play other positions to increase my knowledge and skill of the game.

5.  What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is a spicy fried chicken sandwich, nothing beats that.

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
My favorite ice cream flavor is cookie dough.

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
My favorite professional team since I can remember has always been Barcelona. I enjoyed watching Ronaldinho during his career, and my favorite player (still playing) is Lionel Messi because of how creative he is on and off the ball.


Sarah Batsch
 

1.  How many years have you coached?  How many with Hudson United?
I have been coaching soccer for about 8 years, but I have been a part of the coaching staff at Hudson United for about 6 consecutive years. My experience of coaching is typically with the girls side and I have coached a wide range of youth teams. 

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
Understanding the sport is the most important aspect, however, creating a fun learning environment ensures the players enjoy the sport too! I find it to be a fun challenge, as a coach, to take a new set of players and develop them into a cohesive team; working with individual strengths and improving weaknesses.

3.  What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is mint.

4.  What is your soccer playing experience?  What position did you play?
My personal soccer career began at age 10 with Hudson United. I played club soccer throughout grade school and played center defense for the Hudson Lady Explorers in High School. Due to injuries, I was unable to play college ball, however, I continued to play intramural soccer.

5.  What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is pasta...of all kinds!

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
My favorite ice cream flavor is mocha chocolate chip.

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
I enjoy driving down to Columbus and watching the Crew play, but at home, any men's premiere game will do. I have always enjoyed watching Bastian Schweinsteiger play. He was an excellent center midfielder for the German National team before retiring.


Dan Bestic
 

1.  How many years have you coached? How many with Hudson United?
I have assisted and helped coach athletes for over 20 years. I started coaching while in high school and continued throughout my college career at the University of Dayton. I have always enjoyed helping younger players love the game as much as I have and develop into not only great soccer players on the field but outstanding individuals off the pitch.
I have helped assist with coaching off and on over 6 years with Hudson United but never had the time to take on a full team until this year.

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
I focus on individual growth for every player and build a team oriented approach to winning. I look to have an organized cohesive defense that can get into the attack and maintain possession the majority of the game. Movement off the ball and individual technique play a big role in my team's success.

3.  What is your favorite color?
Blue

4.  What is your soccer playing experience? What position did you play?
My highest level of experience was playing for the regional team during my senior year where I traveled to California for the National Camp and tried out for the National Team Pool. I played Division 1 soccer at the University of Dayton where I was a Verizon Academic- All American my senior year.
I was a 'jack of all trades player' and played almost every position except goalie. I got to learn a lot of the positions in college but primarily was a central holding defender.

5.  What is your favorite food?
Sushi...but Mexican is a close second.

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla.

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
Manchester United, Messi.


Mark Bezdek
 
1.  How many years have you coached? How many with Hudson United?
I have been coaching soccer for the last 22 years. I have coached boys and girls from U8 through varsity, including five years with boys’ varsity and five years with the girls varsity at Brush High School in the district where I teach. More recently, I have spent the last eight years with Hudson United and have coached both boys and girls.

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
I thoroughly enjoy coaching the kids in Hudson and helping them develop their love for the game along with their individual and team skills. My goal is always to foster an environment where players are having fun while preparing to compete at the highest level of travel soccer.

3.  What is your favorite color?
Hudson Blue

4.  What is your soccer playing experience?  What position did you play?
I have played soccer continuously from the age of 6 through today.  I played high school in Mayfield on our Final Four team (sweeper) and club soccer at Miami- and now in as many old man soccer games per week as I can squeeze in.

5.  What is your favorite food?
Flip Side or Oak and Embers are my go-to spots around town

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
The more chocolate the better

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
I don’t watch a great deal of professional soccer, but I sure do love watching my daughter’s 2010 team and all of those talented boys and girls on our high school teams! 

Tony Bouquot
 

1.  How many years have you coached? How many with Hudson United?
I have coached soccer for 18 years.  I've been a licensed travel coach with Hudson United for four years.

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
I focus on three key areas when coaching young soccer players: 1) Player development - both individual skills and soccer smarts; 2) Team development - how to work together such that the team is better than the sum of the parts; and 3) Having fun - soccer is after all a game, and if you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong.

3.  What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is green.

4.  What is your soccer playing experience? What position did you play?

I am in the 46th year of my soccer career and still going strong!  In my younger days I was primarily a defender.  As I've gotten older I play more of an attacking center mid.

5.  What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is BBQ anything.

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
My favorite ice cream is Hershey's cappuccino crunch.

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
I am a huge fan of the US National Teams - both the men and women. I've traveled to Brazil to watch the US men play in the 2014 World Cup and to Canada to watch the US women play in 2015. My favorite players are Cobi Jones and Tobin Heath.


Jonathan Day

1.  How many years have you coached?  How many with Hudson United?
I first coached my three children, in Hudson Rec, 22 years ago, when we came to the USA. I started coaching with Hudson United, first learning from Tony and then Dan, about 2 ½ years ago.

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
I guess I am pretty unorthodox in the way I coach, in that I adapt my style to the age group I am working with, using influences from England and what I have learned in the US soccer system. My ultimate goal is to create a team environment, allowing players to express themselves in field positions they enjoy and as a consequence have fun along the way. I do expect that the player respects their parents, the officials, the club and the opportunity that their parents have given them - this will always be a core value of mine.

3.  What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is navy blue.

4.  What is your soccer playing experience?  What position did you play?
Tottenham Hotspur Academy, and then a couple of semi professional English teams. I played right midfield.

5.  What is your favorite food?
Oh my, my favorite food, nothing tastes good in England, so I will have to go with lasagna made by my wife.

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate and mint chip

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?  

My family team is Chelsea, but I have to say I keep a watching eye on Manchester United, all because of my favorite soccer player, Georgie Best.


Kaelyn Gamel
1.  How many years have you coached?  How many with Hudson United?
I have coached for about 2 years off and on, coaching mostly summer camps and technical training. This will be my first-year coach for Hudson United. 

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
My coaching philosophies roots from what my coaches have taught me. 1) The importance of teamwork. Win or lose, you do it as a team. 2) Next play attitude; if you lose the ball, work to get it back.
3) Communication is the key to success, whether it on or off the soccer field. Being able to communicate to a teammate, coach, parent, or ref respectfully will help you and your team become more successful. 4) Individual development, prepping on and off the field. “Hydrate the Temple” Your body is a temple, fuel it so you can perform at your best.

3.  What is your favorite color?
Turquoise

4.  What is your soccer playing experience?  What position did you play?

I played Division 1 soccer at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Semi-pro for WNY Flash. I played outside back and wing-back.

5.  What is your favorite food?
Mushrooms, Broccoli, and Brussel sprouts 

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Vegan Chocolate peanut butter swirl 

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
FC Barcelona. My all-time favorite soccer player is Mia Hamm. 
 

 


Miguel Gutierrez

1.  How many years have you coached?  How many with Hudson United?
I have coached for 14 years for both travel and club soccer.  However, I have coached for Hudson United last year.

2.  What is your main coaching philosophy?
I work on 4 main areas with my players: technical ability, tactical understanding, work rate and mental toughness.  Additionally, my goal is for my teams to play well together, encourage each other and improve their soccer skills.

3.  What is your favorite color?
Blue!!

4.  What is your soccer playing experience?  What position did you play?
I have played soccer since I remember.  I have always played forward but now I feel confident playing any position.  

5.  What is your favorite food?
I like Colombian food, of course.

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
I love possession soccer and enjoy watching players who are great on the ball.  My favorite soccer player is Andres Iniesta from Spain.

 


Josh Huettich
 
1.  How many years have you coached? How many with Hudson United?
11 years.

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
I like to emphasize foot skills, possession and quick ball movement.

3.  What is your favorite color?
Blue.

4.  What is your soccer playing experience? What position did you play?
I've been playing soccer 31 years straight without time off. State runner up at Hudson High School '98, 4 year member of The University of Tampa Men's Soccer Team: won the Division II National Championship in 2001, invited to the Cleveland Force Indoor Pro team reserve squad after college.

5.  What is your favorite food?
Pizza.

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Black raspberry milkshake.

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
I rarely watch professional sports

Jozs Jakab

1.  How many years have you coached?  How many with Hudson United?
I have coached for almost 30 years. I was with HUSC in the 1990s to the mid 2000s.  I have been with HUSC since 2017 again

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
Kids need to work hard, have fun, learn the game, and enjoy it.

3.  What is your favorite color?
Blue and green

4.  What is your soccer playing experience?  What position did you play?
I played forward through high school at Walsh Jesuit High School, helping lead the soccer team to a state championship in 1990.  Then I continued to play competitive men's open moving up age brackets as my age did to still enjoy the game.

5.  What is your favorite food?
All food can be my favorite but Hungarian is my favorite.

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla ice cream

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
Real Madrid is my favorite team.  It is a tie between Pele and Ferenc Puskas, who played for Real Madrid.

 


Emma Kennell

1.  How many years have you coached? How many years with Hudson United?
This is my first year coaching soccer with Hudson United. I am also a Cardiovascular Endurance, High Intensity Interval Training and Running Coach for pre and postnatal women. 

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
I coach with the philosophy that every player should be and do their best as an individual but also motivate their teammates to be the best players they can be together. I believe that a strong foundation and love and enjoyment of the game will only create stronger and more determined players. 

3.  What is your favorite color?
Coral

4.  What is your soccer playing experience? What position did you play?
I started playing when we first moved to the USA and I have fond memories of playing with Hudson United Travel. I played defense and midfield for the Lady Explorers in High School and intramurals in college. 

5.  What is your favorite food?
Anything made on the barbeque.

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Basically anything that’s in season at Handel's.

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
Michael Owen’s performance in the World Cups and Euro Cups for the England National Team in the late 90’s and early 2000 make him my favorite player of all time. However, I am also impressed by David Beckham's philanthropy and dedication to increasing the popularity of professional soccer in the United States. 

Steve Knapp
 
1.  How many years have you coached? How many with Hudson United?
18 years, 2 years with Hudson United.

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
I believe the game of soccer should be enjoyed! The coach needs to create an environment in which players feel the freedom to express creativity. Practice sessions should be challenging and demanding that are appropriate for the age and skill level.

3.  What is your favorite color?
Red.

4.  What is your soccer playing experience? What position did you play?
Played my collegiate career at Malone university, 3 year American Mideast Conference selection, played center midfield.

5.  What is your favorite food?
Chipotle.

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Moose Tracks.

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
Manchester United, Dennis Bergkamp.

 Giordana Koutavas
 
1.  How many years have you coached?  How many with Hudson United?
I have coached off and on throughout my playing years. I joined Hudson United in the Fall of 2016. I was Head Coach of Hudson High School Junior Varsity girls team in 2019. In addition, I have a National D Coaching License.
 
2.  What is your coaching philosophy?

My coaching philosophy is to develop the players’ skills, identify and strengthen their strengths and improve their weaknesses. I believe that one’s sum is greater than his or her parts as everyone has something to contribute.

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do” –Pele.
 
3.  What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is purple
 
4.  What is your soccer playing experience? What position did you play?
My soccer experience started when I was two years old. I played travel throughout my career as well as high school and received a scholarship to play at University level, specifically at Ashland University (Division II). I have played all positions, but settled into the attacking center/forward position during my college years.
 
5.  What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is mashed potatoes
 
6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
My favorite flavor of ice cream is vanilla
 
7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
Women’s Soccer Player: Mia Hamm  
Women’s Team: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team 
Men’s Soccer Player: Alexandre Pato  

Julia Krause

1.  How many years have you coached?  How many with Hudson United?
I have coached Ambassadors Soccer camps for 5 years and was an assistant coach for a season with Ambassadors. This will be my first year with Hudson United.

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
Most importantly, in each player I want to develop a passion / love / excitement for the game. Without it, there is not drive to be better. Once we have the key ingredient, I want to help each player achieve basic foot skills and techniques that can be developed over time.

3.  What is your favorite color?
Purple, go Raiders! 

4.  What is your soccer playing experience?  What position did you play?
I started playing when I was six years old and began playing club soccer with Ambassadors when I was nine years old. After high school, I went to the University of Mount Union where I was a four year starter. Throughout all my years playing, I tried every position but am most confident playing midfield. 

5.  What is your favorite food?
My family’s secret recipe for peach dumplings.

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip or coffee chocolate chip.

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
U.S. Women's Nation Team, Rose Lavelle


Jordan Renna
 
1.  How many years have you coached? How many with Hudson United?
I have been coaching competitive soccer since 2004 and have a USSF National D coaching license. I joined Hudson United in the spring of 2015.

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
Children learning the game of soccer should be provided a fun and engaging experience where they can develop a love for the game. Rather than focusing on winning and losing, I will challenge each of my players individually and as a collective team to learn the game of soccer and improve their skill set in every practice and every game.

3.  What is your favorite color?
Hudson United Blue.

4.  What is your soccer playing experience? What position did you play?
Much like Al Bundy, I am a glorified high school soccer player whose team won our division state championship. My club team won California State Cup. I played outside midfield.

5.  What is your favorite food?
Any type of Mexican food.

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip.

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player?
I am a passionate fan of the US Men’s and Women’s National Soccer teams.

Mark Sattele

1.  How many years have you coached? How many with Hudson United?
My coaching career started in 1992 as the Head Girls Coach at Mentor High School.  I coached there for 12 years and stepped down when my kids started to play soccer.  I didn't want to miss one moment.  I was recruited to coach at Hudson United by the Director of the club who promised me that coaching travel would not interfere with watching my kids play.  He was right.  17 years later I am still coaching for the club.

2.  What is your coaching philosophy?
My goal is to prepare players for the next level by creating a competitive learning environment.  Most importantly they need to have fun which leads to developing a love for the game.  My favorite moments are when I see a former player and they tell me they made one of the high school teams.

3.  What is your favorite color?
Blue

4.  What is your soccer playing experience? What position did you play?
I grew up playing soccer with my brothers and kids in the neighborhood.  I played travel soccer for South Euclid Lyndhurst and high school soccer for Brush High School.  I played college soccer at Muskingum University.  Mostly I played Center Midfield but I also played Forward.  

5.  What is your favorite food?
Cheeseburgers and Pizza

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate

7.  Who is your favorite professional soccer team, soccer player? 
The Columbus Crew and the US National Team.  My favorite players are my two sons Wilson and Davis.  Wilson plays for John Carroll University and Davis plays for Hudson High School.  I never miss a match.