To the editor:

I have formally resigned my position as varsity boy’s basketball coach at Reed City High School. After giving it a tremendous amount of thought, it is time for me to concentrate on my own family, career and future goals. I leave behind many great memories that will never be forgotten.

I first want to thank all my former players for their hard work and dedication to the Reed City Basketball Program. I hope that some of the life lessons that we teach through basketball have aided them later on in life. All of my players know that I care for them deeply and am here for them, no matter the circumstances. I would like to thank Reed City Public Schools for allowing me the opportunity to not only coach, but to coach with my personality and style. Thank you to my family, especially my wife Tracy, for being a single parent six months a year. I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you to all the great coaches that I have had the opportunity to work with. The average person has no idea how much time, commitment, and personal sacrifice that it takes to be a basketball coach.

The biggest thanks goes out to the community of Reed City, you are some of the most passionate, knowledgeable, and supportive fans in high school sports. In my 18 years coaching at Reed City, I can’t remember to many times when even playing away from home that we didn’t have more fans than our opponents. In tough times and good times you were there supporting our kids and always making them feel special. I look forward to joining you in the stands and supporting our RC athletes.

When people found out that I was considering resigning from coaching, the common question I received from people was, “The kids have changed, haven’t they?” Truthfully, the kids haven’t changed, they still want to win, play hard, and play with pride. The only difference today versus twenty years ago is the “entitlement” trait many of our kids walk around with today. You are not entitled to things such as playing time, awards, scholarships or personal advancement, YOU EARN THEM!

Thank you, Reed City

Jesse Kailing

Reed City basketball coach 1994-2012