REED CITY — Reed City has a new athletic director in town with Kurt Grangood.

Kris Griffin left the position to take another job in the district.

Grangood, who has been in education 23 years, had been a teacher at St. Michael’s (high school) Academy in Petoskey. Prior to that he was a principal-teacher four years at North Central Academy Charter School in Mancelona. He had also been at Northwest Academy in Charlevoix as principal-teacher and had been at Gaylord Middle School.

Grangood is a graduate of Petoskey High School, where he played baseball. He graduated from Central Michigan University. He said he coached in Petoskey for eight years and Alanson and Unionville-Sebwaing for a year, plus seven years of Little league baseball. He also coached a Petoskey travel team for three years.

Grangood said he wanted to get back into administration, and this led him to Reed City.

“I saw the Reed City opening and thought it’d be kind of interesting,” he said. “I came down there for the interview, and apparently did well. And here I am.”

He’s assistant principal-athletic director.

Grangood has a favorable impression of the Reed City sports program.

“They’re strong in football,” he said. “The soccer program, we need to build. I want to support that as much as I can. Volleyball, I know they have some decent numbers. There’s an opportunity there.”

Evaluating and hiring coaches will be among his duties.

“Hopefully we can upgrade a lot of the facilities,” Grangood said.