Former Ferris player takes over Reed City girls soccer program

Andrea Pollaski

REED CITY — Preseason for all high school teams opened on Monday, and Reed City soccer players were greeted by a new head coach.

Former Ferris State player Andrea Pollaski takes over for Bryan Hall as new Reed City coach.

“The position was posted and I applied for it during the summer,” she said. “I like soccer. I’ve played it forever. I’ve coached my kids’ teams and coached Big Rapids for junior varsity.”

This marks the first time she’s been a varsity coach.

Pollaski is from Wayland. She’s currently a Paris resident. She coached the Big Rapids JV girls team for two seasons.

“I had kids and once they could get into soccer I coached all of their teams,” Pollaski said. “I think I can blend in pretty well (with varsity players). These girls are pretty talented. There’s a lot of girls with pretty good footwork.”

There were 19 girls at Monday’s practice. There will only be a varsity team.

“A lot of these girls have been playing since they were little,” Pollaski said. “We should have a good starting 11.”

The first practice was in the middle school gym on Monday. Pollaski was planning on having the team outside on Wednesday or Friday. If the weather permits it, Reed City will play Crossroads at home on March 21. After spring break, the next scheduled match is on April 6 at Shelby.

“We’ll have lots of speed and agility type of stuff and small-touch ball control,” Pollaski said.

She’s been a substitute teacher for two years. She played soccer 2002 through 2006 as a midfielder. She started in every game all four seasons.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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