Zach Ingles takes Chippewa Hills boys soccer program

REMUS — Zach Ingles is back in the high school coaching ranks.

The All-State boys basketball player from Greenville and former Division I college basketball standout has taken on the challenge of starting the new Chippewa Hills Warriors boys soccer program.

Ingles, who had been Olivet College women’s basketball coach the past three seasons, had formerly coached soccer and boys basketball at Tri County. He also played it a year at Greenville High School.

Chippewa Hills started practices on Monday. Ingles was hired as the coach two weeks ago.

“He was definitely the best candidate we had,” Chippewa Hills athletic director Michael Fosburg said. “We were impressed with his past coaching experience.”

Ingle’s dad, Kent Ingles, is Big Rapids boys basketball coach and his sister, Jessica Haist, is the girls skipper.

“I’ve always liked (soccer),” Zach Ingles said. “I lived in Europe for six years when I was playing (basketball) professional. There’s nothing else (except soccer) on TV. You fight it at first and then you start to enjoy it. I’ve always enjoyed it and it’s a good change of pace for me. To be back in high school is fun.

“It’s our first year (of soccer) here. We had opening day on Monday in terms of when we could practice. We played Friday night already at Shepherd and we’re home Tuesday (against Kent City).”

There’s 15 total players.

“We’re conditioning and it’s been fun,” Ingles said. “We’re looking forward to building something. A couple have experience going through AYSO. We’re literally putting things together from scratch. So we’re excited. We have a lot of freshmen and some who have not played varsity.”

Ingles indicated he will do other things at Chippewa Hills related to the athletic department.

“We’re looking pretty good for our first year of high school soccer,” sophomore Robert VanVleet said. “You have to be able to trust each other with hard work.”

Chippewa Hills coach Zach Ingles works with his team.

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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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