Kyra Maludy is not the type of person who likes to shy away from how she feels.
If her feeling turns out to be 100-percent true, it will be quite a thrill ride for the Hudson girls lacrosse team this spring.
Maludy takes over as the Explorers head coach after spending the previous season as an assistant with the team. Maludy and former head coach Sarra Qadri decided to switch spots as Qadri, a Hudson graduate, is now Maludy’s assistant.
"Sarra reached out to me," Maludy said. "We played each other in high school and college. She asked me if I wanted to help her coach at Hudson and I said, ‘Sure.’"
Sayings such as "one game at a time" or "we want to get better every day" aren’t at the tip of Maludy’s tongue when it comes to her talented squad.
She has certain plans for June in the southwest part of the state.
"We’re shooting for states," Maludy said. "We are going to that state championship. We’re gunning for the finals."
Pardon Maludy for being extremely confident.
The Explorers have several key players back from a squad that finished 14-3 last spring. Hudson also reached the state semifinals for the seventh time in school history.
Unfortunately, the Final Four has been a rather barbaric destination for Hudson over the years. That’s because the Explorers have yet to reach the title match.
"It’s something we wanted to work on this year," Maludy said. "We want to stress that mentality of how to handle the pressure. Hudson has a long tradition of getting to the Final Four. We want to be mentally strong to get past that point."
Maludy, a former goalie at Toledo St. Ursula Academy and Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, has high hopes now that there is a little bit of familiarity.
Although she is the team’s third coach in three years, the return of Maludy, along with Qadri, makes the transition much smoother.
"Last year’s seniors had three different coaches," Maludy said. "Since these girls have the same coaches they had last year, they know they have coaches who can push them and give everything they have."
There is no guarantee either coach will stick around forever.
Qadri recently started her first year of dental school and Maludy is planning to attend medical school.
Nonetheless, the two are fully committed to getting their team past a certain roadblock.
"We want to give the girls as much time as possible because they work so hard and have a passion for lacrosse," Maludy said. "We want them to get the most of their high school experience."
So far, so good.
The players and coaches recently spent some quality time together off the field. In fact, the coaches and the players took part in a friendly competition.
"We played laser tag," Maludy said. "The moms also set up breakfast for them. We were ready to take the girls down and the girls were ready to take us down."
Who won? That depends on who you ask.
"The girls might dispute this, but the coaches definitely won," Maludy said.
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