Reed City basketball coach Steve Ernst resigns after one season

Coyotes hope to hire new coach by mid-April

Reed City basketball coach Steve Ernst has resigned after one year in the position.

Reed City basketball coach Steve Ernst has resigned after one year in the position.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – Steve Ernst has resigned as Reed City’s varsity boys basketball coach after one year on the job.

Athletic director Ryan Hansen said Ernst tendered his resignation on March 13. The Coyotes finished at 14-7 overall and lost in the Division district first-round game to Ludington.

A highlight of the season was a win over league power Fremont. A down moment was a late-season bench-clearing scuffle against Central Montcalm, which resulted in both teams having to forfeit their next game.

Ernst was hired last spring to replace Jesse Kailing, who was on the job for two years in his second stint as basketball coach. He replaced JJ Eads, who was on the job for three  years and is now at Baldwin.

Ernst was able to coach the Coyotes during their summer program.

“As our head coach, Steve had a lot of energy, passion and fire,” Hansen said. “There is no question Steve is a competitor and his desire to win is second to none.”

Ernst was a former college coach at Olivet and has coached on the high school level at several places including Charlotte. His father coached the 1980 Class C state championship team at Reed City and was a frequent spectator to Coyote games throughout the season.

Steve Ernst texted some comments on his decision to resign.

“I really enjoyed the opportunity,” he said. “I  had some life changes that have not allowed me to move close enough to do the quality job that the boys deserve.”

Reed City athletic officials are now searching for Ernst’s replacement with a target of having someone soon who could lead the team during a summer program.

“We posted the position on Monday, March 14, and will keep it open until Friday, April 1,” Hansen said.  “We will build a strong team for interviews made up of administrators, coaches and community members, who have deep roots in the Reed City community. We hope to hire our new head coach by April 15.”