Maddox new Reed City soccer coach

REED CITY — Chris Maddox has taken over as Reed City’s new boys soccer coach, replacing Doug Penington, who resigned earlier this year.

“He is a great addition to the coaching staff of Reed City,” athletic director Kurt Grangood said. “Chris has a desire and passion to help continue and move forward the Coyote soccer program.”

Maddox will be coaching at the high school level for the first time. He has coached before with AYSO. Ethan Maddox, his son, will be a senior on the team this season.

Maddox had a three-day camp earlier this month at the practice field. The camp will focused on fundamentals.

“It’s for any soccer player (boys or girls) who wants to show up,” Maddox said.

Official practices begin on Aug. 12 and the first allowable date for games is Aug. 16.

Maddox is anticipating about 14 to 15 players on his varsity roster.

“I have a lot of kids coming back,” Maddox said. “I have four or five freshmen who are coming up.”

Maddox said his short term hopes for the program are “to see the seniors strive on some of the goals they set out for the last three years. I would like to help them achieve the goals they’ve set. Long term goals are to sustain the program and hopefully one date get a JV program and see soccer grow back in the community.”

Maddox said his philosophy “is pretty similar to other coaches in the area.”

Jacob Fredricks is the new assistant coach.

Soccer start

Maddox and Big Rapids coach Justin Fox noted soccer practices now start on Monday rather than Wednesday of the first week. In the past, soccer teams would need eight practices before they could start actual games. But they can now start on the first Saturday.

“We would have less time to prepare,” Fox said. “We’ll see how that impacts us.”