Dudzinski’s basketball crusade stays on track

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—College-hunting for Kaneland’s Dave Dudzinski is finished.

This, after almost having to stop and start again.

Already having committed to Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. in November 2009, Dudzinski was weighing his options after the Crusaders fired coach Sean Kearney after one season and a 9-22 record.

After meeting with recent hire Milan Brown, Holy Cross’ third coach in three years, on Monday at his home, Dudzinski likes what he was presented.

“I’m going to stay at Holy Cross,” Dudzinski said. “He really cares and it felt good to come all the way out here. He’s invested in the program and invested in me.”

Dudzinski is looking forward to Brown’s coaching tenure.

“He’s a fiery coach and an emotional guy, and we talked about what we wanted for Holy Cross,” Dudzinski said.

Brown, 39, was hired from Mount St. Mary’s, which won 16 games in 2009-10 and went to the NCAA Tournament in 2008.

Now for Dudzinski: getting entrenched in Patriot League basketball.

“I’m going out there from June 7-28 and it’s like preseason practice and activities. We’ll hit the gym and start training,” Dudzinski said.