REED CITY \u00a0\u2014 A former Reed City soccer player is now the new boys coach. Cody Jacobs was appointed in April to take over the program. He served as an assistant last season under Betty Kichak. It was his first time as a coach. Jacobs graduated in 2010 from Reed City. He played four seasons in the soccer program, including two on varsity. The Coyotes won the district title in his senior season. He played an outside mid. He was all-conference and all-district, first team all-conference, and all-regional honorable mention as a senior. He also played baseball and basketball at Reed City. Jacobs played soccer for 16 years.\u00a0He is a senior at Ferris State in business marketing. Coaching \u201cis always something I thought about doing,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was something I looked forward to doing.\u201d The Reed City soccer program \u201cheld a special spot in my heart,\u201d Jacobs said. \u201cI knew I was connected to it in a way. That\u2019s what drew me to it.\u201d \u201cHe\u2019s played soccer for a long time and is a Reed City grad,\u201d Reed City athletic director Kris Griffin said. The Coyotes last season won four games, including a district contest against Lakeview. Practices start on Aug. 12. \u201cRight now, we have our offseason going,\u201d Jacobs said. \u201cWe have open fields going starting on July 7. From then on, we\u2019ll be doing conditioning.\u201d Jacobs said Reed City coaches are looking to add scrimmages around the first week of August with area teams. \u201cWe\u2019re pretty young,\u201d he said. \u201cWe have about five seniors. We have some new faces coming up from the JVs, that\u2019s a big deal. Having a JV program will help us. We\u2019re trying for one again this year if numbers will support us. We\u2019re close right now.\u201d Jacobs, who played under coach Dave Mix, indicated his coaching strategy will be similar to what Coyote fans have seen in the past. \u201cI admire David Mix a lot,\u201d he said. \u201cI think you\u2019ll see a lot of what he did in what I do. I really enjoyed the way he coached,\u201d The first game is Aug. 22 at the Northern Michigan Christian Invitational. The Coyotes play Aug. 24 at Big Rapids Crossroads. The home opener is Aug. 31 vs. Newaygo.