REED CITY — Reed City’s baseball program enters a new era with Scott Shankel taking over as head coach.

He’s had coaching experience in past seasons at such schools as Breckenridge. He’s been a physical education teacher at Reed City for three years and has been an assistant football coach.

“It’s an opportunity, something new,” Shankel said of the baseball coaching position at Reed City. He’s been the JV head football coach at Reed City for six seasons.

Practices officially start on March 14 although Shankel has had a chance to do some work prior to that.

“During the winter, we had groups of four coming in and doing a little bit of hitting,” he said. “We probably had eight or nine different Sunday sessions.”

Shankel is figuring on 12 to 15 players on the varsity.

The season starts at home March 29. After spring break the following week, Reed City returns for a home game with Ludington on Tuesday, April 12.

“Basic fundamentals is all we’re doing now,” Shankel said. “We’re starting from ground zero and have high expectations like everyone else.”

The Coyotes hope to be a factor in the Central State Activities Association race.