REED CITY — Betty Kichak has taken over the duties as Reed City boys soccer coach.

Kichak replaces Matt Webster who left at the end of last season. She’s a high school teacher and was hired as soccer coach at a recent Reed City school board meeting.

“She has a lot of summer stuff planned that she’ll do with the boys,”  Reed City athletic director Kris Griffin said.

She has had sons involved in the sport including Dylan Kichak  and Quinton. Dylan graduated in 2012 and Quinton graduates in 2016. He’ll be a junior this fall.

Betty Kichak is in her 25th year as a teacher at the high school. She hasn’t coached high school soccer but has experience coaching boys and girls tennis at Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula. She’s an Ironwood native.

“If you look at the sport, the agility of tennis and soccer, they suggest soccer players play tennis because it gives them agility,” Kichak said.

She has a coaching minor from Michigan State.

“My husband went to Ferris for school and we moved down here and I got a teaching job at Reed City,” Kichak said. “When I was first in teaching, I started in coaching and really enjoyed it. Due to career and family, I got out of it. The soccer program position opened up and I decided to get back into coaching again. It’s an opportunity.” 

She was involved in AYSO soccer.

Kichak is anticipating the program will have a JV team this fall. A coach for the JVs has not been hired yet.

“We want to make sure the numbers are there,” Kichak said. “Right now, it looks promising.”

Kichak has already established an extensive summer schedule including fundraisers and team bonding events. Open fields will start on July 8 and will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8:30 p.m. at the practice field with all male and female players, current eighth graders and up, invited to attend. Conditioning at the track opens July 7.

The first official team practice is Aug. 13. Team camp is set for mid-August.

“There’s a lot of potential out there,”’ Kichak said. “We have nine returning players, seven are seniors and real strong players. The team has shown great motivation. They’re excited.”

So is Kichak.

“I’m totally excited,” she said. “I loved coaching those years I did it. It was a fun experience. I think it will be an awesome year. Our goal is to get those players where they want to be individually and we want the team bonding there.”