Price, Haase earn football state honors

REED CITY — The football season has been over for more than two months, but the awards for local coaches, individuals and teams keep coming.

Reed City’s Monty Price was recently named coach of the year by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association, while Evart’s Brady Haase was selected to the academic second team.

Price was chosen as Regional 3, Division 5 coach of the year after guiding the Coyotes to their first 9-0 season in school history. Reed City also won its opening game in the playoffs against Wyoming Kelloggsville before falling to Grand Rapids West Catholic.

“Did I think 9-0 was possible?” Price said. “That’s always the goal, but if you ask any coach, I think they would say it takes a lot of things to line-up, a little luck and kids who can handle adversity.”

The Coyotes had to overcome the death of a teacher midway through the season. Throw in the hard work during the off season, as well as the season and Price knew exactly who deserves the credit for the award.

“It’s a great honor to be selected by your peers and honored for a lot of your hard work,” he continued. “Quite honestly, it’s a great tribute to the kids. They are the ones who made the sacrifices and went out and played Fright night and made the season happen.”

Hasse was the first player under Evart coach Pat Craven to earn academic second team all-state status. Haase has a 4.0 grade point average and is first in his class.

“As a coach, it’s nice to coach kids who have tremendous work ethic not only in the classroom and on the field,” Craven said.