Hudson High School boys' soccer coach Chuck Bublitz, left, welcomes the Raiders' new girls' varsity coach, Laurie Aaronson, to campus at a meeting in athletic director Stephanie DeVos' office Jan. 21. Aaronson has been an assistant coach at Woodbury, Minn., the last five years.
Laurie Aaronson has seen what it takes to win state championships. Now she's bringing her experience to Hudson High School as the new head coach of the Raiders girls' soccer team.
Aaronson, an assistant at Woodbury, Minn., the last five years, replaces Allie Knutson, who guided the Raiders to a regional championship in 2009 before leaving for a stint in the Peace Corps.
Aaronson comes to Hudson from one of the strongest programs in the country. Woodbury has won five Minnesota Class 2A state championships since 1999. Their latest title came in 2008, and they finished as state runner-up last year after being ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the season.
"We're really excited to have Laurie on board," Hudson athletic director Stephanie DeVos said. "We're anxious to have the season get started and we're confident she can take us to the next level."
Aaronson, 41, moved to Minnesota 12 years ago from her native California. A multi-sport athlete in high school, including soccer, she went on to play fastpitch softball at California State University, Northridge. She has coached soccer and other sports at all levels from kindergarten through high school.
"I've been coaching a variety of different sports for 25 years," she said. "I'm familiar with things like nutrition and strength training and the other components that make an athlete better. I don't focus on one sport. There are a lot of different ways to reach your goals."
Aaronson said she expects to meet with her new players this month in anticipation of the first day of practice March 22. She said she plans on developing a style of play that suits the characteristics of the players.
"I look at the talent and adapt a style to fit that talent," she said.
A single mother of two adopted children, ages 20 and 14, Aaronson currently teaches math at Humboldt Secondary School in St. Paul. She said she's looking forward to getting started in her new position in Hudson.
"I'm very excited," she said. "I want to help the program grow to the next phase. I want to encourage kids to come out and be on board and be part of the Hudson family."