New Reed City boys golf coach now focusing on 2021
REED CITY -- Golf courses are open, motor carts are being used and perhaps it will all get back to normal very soon.
But new Reed City boys coach Chris Hanson is going to have to wait until 2021.
The Coyotes had practices March 9-12 before the MHSAA suspended the season, and three weeks later canceled it because of the coronavirus issue.
"We had a meeting in the classroom and I had kids out on the band field with the hitting nets," Hanson, who was appointed to take the place of Katrina Wray, said. "That's what we did before everything was shot down."
He had around 12 golfers trying out for the team. Matches would have been played in April and May. The home course is Spring Valley.
Among the top golfers Hanson had been anticipating on having were junior Fisher Morrison, Chaz Davis and senior Zac Saez.
"Zac played his freshman year and was going to come back as a senior," Hanson said. "Quite a few of them were first-time players. We have one meet scheduled at Spring Valley and some practices."
Hanson said he was a professional golf management student at Ferris, and he and his wife own a local optometry business.
He heard the Reed City golf coaching job opened up.
"I have a background in it and I like working with kids," he said. "I thought I would try it out and see what happens."
Hanson is originally from Bad Axe. He was involved in golf, track and basketball. His golf team made appearances to the state finals. He lives in Reed City.
He met his wife, Julie Johnson, who was from LeRoy, at Ferris. She's the optometrist and he manages the office.
There's no golf season but this doesn't mean Hanson won't quit coaching.
"We'll work on getting a few online lessons for now and hopefully we can get them out this summer," he said. 'I won't be able to do any scheduled time with them until next spring, which is a long time to wait."
Some of his athletes play summer golf, Hanson added.