Hudson accepts new post
New Washington varsity girls soccer coach William Hudson said he is absolutely excited to get back into coaching the sport.
“I’m a big advocate of soccer in general,” Hudson said Monday.
Hudson said his broader plan for Washington soccer is for participants to get the best playing experience possible.
Hudson replaces Suzanne Arterburn, whose two-year record with the Lady Panthers was 12-20-4.
Hudson coached the Rock Island Alleman High School boys and Rock Island girls in the late 1990s before moving to the collegiate ranks.
From 1999 to 2001, he coached the women’s soccer team at Marycrest International in Davenport, Iowa.
Most recently, Hudson was a youth soccer coach at the under-10 level.
He also helped a little with the Washington boys squad in the fall.
Hudson is a 1993 Bradley University graduate who first played for the Braves when they were a second-year varsity program.
He said he had a great experience at BU as a Division I athlete.
Prior to his time as a Brave, Hudson grew up playing the sport in Rock Island and was on numerous club teams.
Hudson wants to build on last season’s performance at Washington, targeting a better than .500 mark.
“Our athleticism is really going to make a big difference this year,” said Hudson.
In his efforts as a first-year head coach, Hudson has some valuable resources.
Mattie Yedinak is on the staff as an assistant coach. She is a former second-team all-Mid-Illini Conference pick at goalkeeper for the Lady Panthers.
Hudson said Yedinak is a great addition who is a nice bridge for the girls.
Washington boys head coach Jeff Brooks is volunteering his services.
Brooks’ knowledge of goalkeeping, along with his experience, has helped as well, Hudson said.
The Lady Panthers are trying to increase their keeper options to tackle the varsity and frosh/soph schedules.
Although Washington got a little behind in its practice schemes not being able to work outside, it is making up ground.
“I’m excited for the opener next week,” Hudson said of a Tuesday trip to Geneseo.
The Lady Panthers’ home opener is two days later vs. Princeton.
Hudson likes his first group. “They’re a great group of girls,” he said as the players ran along the practice field.
Washington was very young a year ago, so the upswing could begin this season for a team that placed fifth in the league in ’08.