Matt Villenauve was named the head coach of the Hudson boys golf team late in the winter, according to Hudson athletic director Mike Chuppa.

Villenauve replaces Dave Kurtz, who resigned for family reasons.

Kurtz, who guided the Explorers to the Division I state competition twice during his six-year tenure, has a son and a daughter who are competing on the collegiate level.

Will, a former state champion at Hudson, is a junior on the Kent State University men’s golf team and Emma is a sophomore on the Auburn equestrian team in Alabama.

"I wanted to have time in the fall to watch Will and Emma compete for their universities," Kurtz said in an email.

Kurtz led Hudson to a second-place finish in the Suburban League National Conference title. The Explorers won three conference championships and they reached district play during all six of Kurtz’s years. Hudson won a sectional title in 2019.

Chuppa said Kurtz could return to the program once his children graduate from college.

"I am extremely thankful for all the time Coach Kurtz has invested into our boys golf team," Chuppa said. "He runs a first-class program. There is hope he returns to the program in a few years.

"Coach Villenauve is highly organized and a great communicator. He has hit the ground running and already begun connecting with his golfers.

"I look forward to seeing him lead our boys as I believe he, like so many of our coaches, is a great role model for our young men."

Villenauve’s son, Burke, is a senior who concluded a successful career with the boys golf team during the fall.

"Matt understands the game/swing since he worked with Burke," Kurtz said. "He has a great ability to work and communicate effectively with the boys."

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