Hudson – The personnel on the sidelines of the Hudson High School (HHS) boys and girls basketball teams will look dramatically diff erent this winter, beginning with the men who occupy the first spot on both benches.
HHS's Athletic Director Luis Macedo confirmed recently that he has hired Frank Budrewicz to guide the boys team and Nate Maleo to lead the girls squad.
"When we reviewed the applications for both positions, both Frank and Nate were clearly our top choices," Macedo said. "And the interview process did nothing to change our mind. If anything, it confirmed that these were indeed the two guys we wanted."
Budrewicz replaces Bill Hurley, who retired following last season after 10 years as head coach of the Hawks. Budrewicz served as Hurley's junior varsity coach for all 10 seasons and was HHS's boys freshmen basketball coach the four seasons prior to that.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," Budrewicz said. "I thought about retiring with Billy, but I realized I just wasn't ready to give it up quite yet."
Burdrewicz, who is selfemployed as a painting contractor, said the upcoming Hawks team may look a lot diff erent than the 2006 team, but won't play a lot diff erent.
"Most of the stuff will be the same, but there will be a few diff erences," Budrewicz said. "That's part of what was so great about working with Billy – he encouraged his coaches to take some leeway with the way they do things. The philosophy will be the same, there just may be a few diff erent wrinkles."
That philosophy, Budrewicz said, is founded on an up-tempo off ense and a special attention to defensive play.
"I think at the high school level you have to stress defense," Budrewicz said. "All the kids can shoot – they've been working on their offense their whole lives – but a lot of them at this level need to be shown just how important defense is to winning games."
Budrewicz will hope to lead the Hawks back to the Clark and Central Mass. Tournaments, but will have to do so without graduated seniors David Opp, Cam Knights, Matt Santarpio and Nick Ghiloni. Returnees for the Budrewicz and the Hawks should include Matt Jacobs, Nick DiBlasi, James Reed, Geoff King, Mike Wood, Chad Dyer, Kyle Woodbury and Joe DeMarco.
"We've suffered some losses, sure," Budrewicz said, "but we've got a lot of good young players coming back, so I think we'll be okay."
Maleo, who is a math teacher at HHS, replaces the coaching duo of brothers Bob and John Yates.
"With Bob and John it was just a matter of not being able to commit to the time requirement necessary to coach a varsity sport at the high school level," Macedo said. "Like a lot of us, their priorities changed over the years and they both had to make what I know was a very tough decision for them."
Maleo is a graduate of Tabor Academy and lives in Fitchburg. Macedo said prior to becoming a teacher in Hudson, Maleo spent time in the military.