Price reflects on first year as athletic director

REED CITY — It was a busy year for Reed City football coach Monty Price, who also tackled the role of athletic director for the 2010-11 season.

Price had an 80 percent teaching load and for the first time also handled athletic director duties.

“I was very pleased,” Price said. “It’s been a dream of mine to be an athletic director. I don’t perceive it as work. It’s something I enjoy and love to do.”

Price reported that work is being done this summer on the high school gymnasium roof which sustain some leaking problems during the 2010-11 winter sports season, forcing a home game to be placed at the middle school gym.

“It’s been a problem for a few years,” Price said. “They’re fixing it up and having that taken care of. We’re very excited about that. We’re going to be hosting a couple of districts this year.”

Boys basketball and volleyball districts will be in the Reed City gym for the 2011-12 season.

Money is not allocated for game managers but Price was still able to make sure the job was done.

“I had a lot of people step up and volunteer to help like staff members, community members and parents,” Price said. “It was a blessing to have all the people step up and support the kids and helping us out in the athletic department.”

Price also confirmed that Newaygo has been accepted as a new Central State Activities Association member for the 2012-13 season, which would give the conference 10 members. Newaygo would be leaving the Lakes 8 Conference. The school reportedly gained enough votes by CSAA school boards to accept its membership into the league.

Reed City’s school board voted to include Newaygo.

“Obviously, one of the big things for me is they’re a comparable school to all the schools in the league and they offer the sports our league offers and they’ll be a welcomed addition in that regard,” Price said. “They’re a similar size school offering similar sports and it will alleviate some of the scheduling problems as well, especially for football. We won’t have a nonconference game in football anymore.”

Reed City has had eight CSAA softball games, plus a non-league contest with Manistee on its schedule.

“Newaygo will be a fit for our league. I’m excited. As far as I’m concerned. Everything is solid. We should have a very solid 10-team league.”

There will also be 18 CSAA games in the 20-game schedules for girls and boys basketball.

“Some coaches don’t have an issue with it while some coaches want flexibility in terms of going out and finding (nonconference teams) they match up with,” Price said.