by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Last year, Chris Gentille stepped away from something he enjoyed.
Gentille resigned as head coach of the Twinsburg High School varsity girls soccer team after last season because his wife Danielle was pregnant with their third child.
Gentille's youngest son, Brycen, is now two months old. As a result, Gentille was interested in coaching again.
But there was one more hurdle to clear.
"I had to talk with my wife about it," Gentille said.
Thankfully, Gentille got Danielle's permission to return to the soccer field. And Hudson High School couldn't be happier.
Gentille was named Hudson High School's head girls soccer coach July 26.
Gentille replaces Marquis Walker, who recently became the head women's soccer coach at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
"Marquis recommended me for the job," Gentille said. "He called me and asked me if I was interested after I stepped down at Twinsburg. He thought I was a good fit for the program since I'm somebody with experience."
Gentille has been a soccer coach for 15 years at the high school level. His career record is 123-54-23.
Gentille had spent the last five years as the Twinsburg head girls soccer coach. He led the Lady Tigers to a 55-22-11 record and three Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division titles.
In 2013, Twinsburg finished 16-1-1 in 2013. He also is a coach for the Everest Soccer Club in Aurora.
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.
SDLqWe are pleased that Gentille has accepted the position of head coach and we are looking forward to continuing the strong tradition and success of our girls soccer program," Hudson athletic director Ray Ebersole said.
The Lady Explorers captured the Suburban League National Conference title and reached the Kent Division I district title game in 2016. Hudson finished 15-2-2.
"I am very excited to be a part of Hudson girls soccer," Gentille said. "I am looking forward to being a part of the continued success of this special program."
The Lady Explorers lost some key pieces from their talented squad last year. However, Hudson has been an area power for quite some time.
The Lady Explorers won the Division I state title in 2000 and were state runners-up in 2001.
"Hudson has been a great program for a number of years," Gentille said. "Any given year, they are a top-10 team in the state. They have a lot of talent coming back. It's a good opportunity."
Since the 2016 season starts soon, Gentille hasn't had much time to get acquainted with his new team.
"It's a different situation," he said. "I didn't have an off-season with this team.
"That does make it challenging. I just want to bring stability to the program. This is their third coach in three years."
Gentille and his wife have two other children. They are Cameron, 7, and Giuliana, 2. The family resides in Aurora.