Jacobs takes over as Reed City soccer coach

REED CITY  — A former Reed City soccer player is now the new boys coach.

Cody Jacobs was appointed in April to take over the program. He served as an assistant last season under Betty Kichak. It was his first time as a coach.

Jacobs graduated in 2010 from Reed City. He played four seasons in the soccer program, including two on varsity. The Coyotes won the district title in his senior season. He played an outside mid. He was all-conference and all-district, first team all-conference, and all-regional honorable mention as a senior.

He also played baseball and basketball at Reed City.

Jacobs played soccer for 16 years. He is a senior at Ferris State in business marketing.

Coaching “is always something I thought about doing,” he said. “It was something I looked forward to doing.”

The Reed City soccer program “held a special spot in my heart,” Jacobs said. “I knew I was connected to it in a way. That’s what drew me to it.”

“He’s played soccer for a long time and is a Reed City grad,” Reed City athletic director Kris Griffin said.

The Coyotes last season won four games, including a district contest against Lakeview.

Practices start on Aug. 12.

“Right now, we have our offseason going,” Jacobs said. “We have open fields going starting on July 7. From then on, we’ll be doing conditioning.”

Jacobs said Reed City coaches are looking to add scrimmages around the first week of August with area teams.

“We’re pretty young,” he said. “We have about five seniors. We have some new faces coming up from the JVs, that’s a big deal. Having a JV program will help us. We’re trying for one again this year if numbers will support us. We’re close right now.”

Jacobs, who played under coach Dave Mix, indicated his coaching strategy will be similar to what Coyote fans have seen in the past.

“I admire David Mix a lot,” he said. “I think you’ll see a lot of what he did in what I do. I really enjoyed the way he coached,”

The first game is Aug. 22 at the Northern Michigan Christian Invitational. The Coyotes play Aug. 24 at Big Rapids Crossroads. The home opener is Aug. 31 vs. Newaygo.