REED CITY — Roger Steig has made the journey from one sport to another in just a matter of days.

A week after the wrestling state finals, Steig went from coaching the Reed City matmen to skippering the Coyote softball squad, which started practices on Monday.

Steig replaces Al Kohlhoff who resigned at the end of the 2010 season. Steig had been serving as an assistant coach for five years and worked with the summer program. He was hired as head coach in December.

Steig was expecting to have about 30 to 35 girls this week trying out for the JV and varsity levels. There are 12 spots on each team.

“We have eight girls returning,” said Steig. “The girls are really excited about the season.”

His daughter, catcher Amanda Steig, was first-team all-Central State Activities Association last year. Center fielder Sydney Arnold earned all-league second-team honors. Also back is Chelsea Goodman, a senior, who was honorable mention all-conference last year and has three years of varsity experience.

“I think they’ve been pretty good, pretty strong,” Goodman said of her varsity seasons. “We definitely had a young team. I think we’ll pull together this year and prove our strengths.”

Goodman plays second base. “Defensively, we did very good last year,” she said. “We could do better. I think we could be better. We’ve been in the (batting) cage so I think we’re going to be prepared.”

Goodman played summer ball with the Reed City girls.

“We should be quite a lot better,” she said, adding that she’s working to “get my stride down right” to improve on her hitting.

“We’ll be tough to beat this year if we pull it together,” she said.

The season starts on March 29, weather-permitting, at home against Evart. Goodman expects Morley Stanwood and Pine River to be among the toughest opponents on her team’s schedule.