Grannis is new baseball coach for Reed City
REED CITY -- A familiar face is coaching for the Reed City baseball team this season.
Former three-sport Coyote standout Eric Grannis opened practices on Monday in the gymnasium with his team.
He played baseball, basketball and football at Reed City. He was all-conference honorable mention for baseball as a catcher, pitcher and infielder and all-conference and all-state for football as a linebacker.
Grannis had three varsity seasons as an athlete and later got into coaching.
He's been an assistant coach five years in football and last year was his first helping in baseball with former skipper Marty Shaffer.
"I'm going to school to be a teacher right now at Ferris," Grannis said. "Marty left this job open and baseball has always been a passion ever since high school. Marty left and as soon as I had the opportunity, I jumped on it. I didn't want to miss it."
Grannis got the job around the holidays and quickly went to work.
"We had a few winter workouts and have had a few kids out," Grannis said.
Last week, Grannis had hopes of being outside this week. But the coronavirus issue has canceled practices for all high school sports until early April.
Grannis anticipated having 12 on varsity and 17 on the junior varsity. He was the JV coach last year.
We have quite a bit of numbers which is good for us," Grannis said. "We have a lot of seniors who are going to help us out. We're pulling up a freshman and few sophomores."