New season, new coach for Reed City boys hoops squad

'We hope to compete for a league championship'

Former Olivet College basketball coach Steve Ernst will lead the Reed CIty boys this season.

Former Olivet College basketball coach Steve Ernst will lead the Reed CIty boys this season.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY — A new season and era of Reed City Coyote boys basketball will simultaneously commence in less than a month’s time.

With the offseason appointment of new head coach Steve Ernst, the team’s focus is on making a deep postseason run and to bring the Coyote hoops program back to prosperity.

Basketball fans around town might be familiar with the Ernst name, as Steve’s father, Jerry, coached the Coyotes from 1974-80, winning a state title in his final season.

Coming into his first season as Reed City skipper Ernst laid out expectations for his new squad. 

“We hope to compete for a league championship every year here at Reed City,” Ernst said. “I like my team and their overall game experience.”

With a total of nine players on the roster this season, Ernst also said he is confident with the amount of depth possessed by his squad.

It will be a relatively young Coyote team this season, with Canyon Reed, Dylan Schebil and Isaiah Moore returning as the team’s only seniors.

Ernst listed Reed, along with junior Seth Jackson and sophomore Spencer Hansen, as potentially being some of the most important players in his game plan.

“Canyon Reed and Seth Jackson are potentially my most important players, but in my (my dad's) fastbreak system the sophomore point guard Spencer Hansen is very key for success,” Ernst said.

As far as the competition within the CSAA Gold is concerned, Ernst said he expects the league to be tough, as per usual.

Reed City posted a 5-10 overall record during last year’s shortened season, finishing in sixth-place in the final Gold Division of the Central State Activities Association standings.

Against fellow CSAA Gold opponents in 2021, the Coyotes managed a 5-8 mark.

The first official game of the new season for the RC boys will take place on their home court against the Evart Wildcats at 7 p.m. Dec. 7.

It will be the first time Reed City and Evart have faced each other on the basketball court since opening night of the 2018-19 season; RC won 64-35 on that particular occasion.

“We will try to press, run and fill the old barn with rabid RC hoop fans,” Ernst said.