New Reed City football coach Scott Shankel busy with summer workouts

Reed City football coach Scott Shankel jots down some notes prior to a summer workout on Sunday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Reed City football coach Scott Shankel looked like his normal self as the Coyotes were preparing on Sunday evening for a “Gladiator” camp at the practice field.

Shankel had the whistle strapped around his neck and was writing names down on his yellow note pad.

But compared to previous years, Shankel was doing this as an assistant coach under Monty Price.

He’s now the head skipper.

When Price left for Belding earlier this year, Shankel was named to take his place. The Coyotes are undergoing their annual summer ritual with the Gladiator camps involving players doing such things as lifting heavy tires to staying in shape — plus 7-on-7 passing scrimmages, blocking camps and other activities. There’s a dead period next week, and workouts will continue for most of July. The first day of practices is on Aug. 12.

The season kicks off on Aug. 30 at Montague.

“It’s going great,” Shankel said prior to the Gladiator camp on Sunday. “The kids, it’s like a love-hate thing. I think they enjoy it. It gets them outside flipping tires instead of being in the weight room.

“We’ve had about 40 to 45 kids every time we’ve had these. We probably have about 55 kids in the program.”

Reed City was scheduled to have a 7-on-7 passing scrimmage on Monday at Belding, where Price is now running the program.

“We’re helping each other out,” Shankel said. “We’re going to Belding four times and we have one in Cadillac in July and one at Kent City and one at Alma.

Assistant coaches from last year such as Dan Pelton, Eric Grannis and Corey Prudhomme are back and Shankel has added some new faces such as Ryan Hansen, Dave Carlson, former Coyote quarterback and Northwood defensive back Chad Samuels and others. Shankel had been Price’s defensive coordinator in the past. But specific assignments have yet to be determined, Shankel said.

Players continue to look forward to the challenges of lifting heavy tires and other strenuous workouts.

This includes Darrin Halladay, a senior, offensive and defensive tackle, who is a 100 percent attendee this year.

“We flip tires, we pull tires and we pull them up hill and downhill, we do ladders and we do tire pushes,” he said. “We’re here for easily an hour or an hour and a half.”

Halladay has done the tire routines four years and enjoys the benefits that come from it.

“They’re amazing,” he said. “It’s the stamina. It helps you not get tired as fast.”

Reed City has a new head coach, but Halladay admitted not much if anything has changed.

“It all feels the same,” he said.

Chaz Davis, a junior and first-year varsity player, has been a frequent participant in the “tire flips,” as he calls them.

“It separates the men from the boys,” he said. “It takes effort.”

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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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