Goal for Reed City: Find a new soccer coach

REED CITY – The search is on for a new Reed City soccer coach following the recent announcement by Dave Mix that he is stepping down after six seasons in the position.

Highlights for Mix were district titles in 2009 and 2011. The Coyotes in 2009 won their first district title at 14-5-1.

Mix was involved in the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) prior to becoming Reed City varsity coach. The second district title came against Ludington and marked Reed City’s first ever soccer win over that school.

“The practices were memorable,” Mix said. “It gave you an opportunity to get to know the players.”

His work schedule was the main motivator behind Mix’s decision to resign at the end of the season.

“At the beginning of the season, I had told the coaches  this would be my last season,” Mix said. “I did not announce it until the banquet and I announced it to the players first. I wanted them to hear it from me direct.

“Primarily, it’s my personal schedule with work and family, which is changing a bit. And I’ve been doing some traveling this past season which puts a hindrance on the program itself.”

Mix works for Insulgard Security Products. The home office is in Brighton. Mix works out of his home in Reed City but has been doing some traveling.

“I had two matches this season where I flew back the same day from South Carolina for matches,” he said. “Coach Bryan Hall was tremendous in helping me out at those times.”

Mix also assisted Hall during the girls season and is planning on doing it again next spring. “I’ll miss the players,” Mix said, adding that seeing the team win several academic all-state honors was also a highlight.

Reed City athletic director Monty Price said the position has been posted and there is no set timetqble for hiring a new coach.

“I wish to thank Coach Mix for his service to our boys soccer program,” Price said. “He built our program on a solid foundation of character, academics and competitiveness. I appreciate all of his hard work and his dedication to Reed City High School and our soccer program.”