New Evart girls basketball coach works with his players during the summer

Evart girls basketball coach Matt Tiedt works with his players during the Ferris State camp on Friday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

EVART — Evart has a new girls basketball coach, who is not new to the district, but is becoming a varsity coach for the first time.

Matt Tiedt took over the position in May after Paul Higgins decided to resign and pursue other interests.

Tiedt was with the team over the weekend at the Ferris State girls basketball camp.

“I’ve been in the middle school,” Tiedt said. “I was with the seventh grade (girls) the last seven years. I’ve coached all these girls. I’ve got younger daughters coming up and younger groups and I’ve had all these and thought if now was the time, this would be it. It’s more responsibility but I’m kind of excited about it.”

Tiedt started working with his players last week.

“We’ll get six games here at Ferris and have a scrimmage this Thursday at Reed City,” Tiedt said. “Then you’re into the Fourth of July, dead week (as mandated by MHSAA) and then it’s volleyball.”

A major focus for Tiedt has been having his girls players getting to know him and his system.

“We want to know each other so the relationship is there,” Tiedt said. “I have some pretty athletic girls. We’re a little behind in some skill work. That’s stuff you can hammer on. Turnovers were a big problem last year. If we can cut that by at least half, we’ll be in some games.”

Tiedt sells insurance in Evart and is a 2001 Evart graduate. He played basketball and football.

“It’s fun,” he said. “It’s come full circle to catch these kids coming up.”

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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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