REED CITY - A familiar face is returning as Reed City boys basketball coach.

The district has announced the appointment of Jesse Kailing to the position of Reed City boys basketball coach.

"Mr. Kailing began his coaching career at Reed City High School in 1998," the district said in a statement. "He has invested many years into both boys and girls high school level basketball. Jesse not only brings a great deal of experience but an endless passion for kids and coaching.

"He possesses strong ties to his hometown community and is excited to re-establish and cultivate the youth basketball program."

Athletic director Dean McGuire said Kailing's extensive experience and success over the years in the past made him a strong choice for the position, vacated over the summer by JJ Eads, now a coach and teacher at Baldwin.

Kailing was varsity coach from 2000 to 2012 and the Coyotes won seven conference championships and got to several district title games. There were also two 20-win seasons.

"We had several kids go on to play at the college level," Kailing said. "We had a lot of fun and there were great relationships I built with players. I still have great relationships with them."

Kailing was a Reed City player 1989 to 1993. His senior year, Reed City was 22-4 and played Saginaw Buena Vista in the state quarterfinals.

"JJ Eads decided to move on to Baldwin and the position was open," Kailing said. "I ended up apply for it. I have a son who is in the program and have been coaching in the youth level ever since I got out of varsity coaching. I decided to throw my hat in there and see if we could continue improve on what JJ had going on.

"Our kids didn't have a chance to do a lot of summer work with the coaching change. It will all be brand new when we start (practices Nov. 18)."

Kailing was school board president but said he had to step down from the board to apply for the basketball position.

"I love Reed City and I have always loved Reed City basketball," Kailing said. "The Reed City basketball program is rich in tradition."