Chris Gentille will not return as head coach of the Hudson High School girls soccer team.
Gentille informed school officials of his decision to resign on Tuesday.
"I let our seniors know first," Gentille said. "It was time. I’ve been doing this for 21 straight years. It got to a point where I got tired."
Gentille led the Explorers to a 42-23-13 record during his four-year tenure.
Hudson finished 8-8-2 overall in 2019. Hudson, despite having numerous injuries, reached a Division I district semifinal game.
The Explorers finished 12-5-1 in 2018, which included an upset victory over powerhouse Walsh Jesuit in a district semifinal contest.
Hudson posted an 11-4-3 overall record and advanced to a district semifinal game in 2018.
Hudson athletic director Mike Chuppa said the head girls soccer position will be posted Wednesday. He asked that all interested candidates apply at https://www.hudson.k12.oh.us/ through the employment opportunities’ link.
"I am thankful for all that Coach Gentille has done for our girls' soccer program," Chuppa said. "I wish him nothing but the best moving forward."
Gentille, who lives in Aurora, said family matters played a role in his decision. He has two sons, ages 11 and 4, and a 5-year-old daughter.
"My son plays club soccer and basketball," Gentille said. "The high school season is overwhelming at times. It’s a long season. I always said that once my kids got involved in activities, I would step aside from high school."
Coaching in recent weeks has been a difficult task for Gentille due to a respiratory tract infection known as COVID-19. Most activities have been canceled or postponed because of the virus.
Gentille is currently a coach for the Aurora United Soccer Club and the Everest Soccer Club in Ravenna.
"The coronavirus is not remotely the reason why I stepped down," Gentille said. "At the same time, with everything going on, there’s a lot of uncertainty with fall sports. I would have loved to have done one more year, but with all the uncertainty, I’m not sure how I could prepare for a season."
Gentille previously was the head coach at Twinsburg High School. He guided the Tigers to a 16-1-1 record in 2013.
Gentille was named the 2013 State of Ohio Coach of the Year for Division I girls soccer. He also was named the 2012 and 2013 Greater Cleveland Division I girls Coach of the Year and the Northeast Ohio Conference Coach of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Gentille spent time as the head coach of both the boys and girls soccer teams at Ravenna High School as well. He has a 156-76-29 overall record during his 20 years as a head coach. Gentille also spent three years as an assistant coach with the Aurora High School boys soccer team prior to becoming a head coach.
Gentille said he will leave the door open in terms of a return to coaching at the high school level again.
"You never know," Gentille said. "I prefer coaching the younger kids. I’ll still do club stuff. I would love to be an assistant somewhere. That would be perfect. It wouldn’t be about planning and prepping. I can just work with the kids.
"When most people quit, they never go back. It is a lot of work. I was fortunate to be in a good spot at Hudson. I had a great four years. I couldn’t ask for anything better."
Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, email@example.com or @FrankAceto_Gannett.