07-30-2020 Tri-City Area Sports

Comet coaches continue in the spotlight

As Coloma Press Box continues to highlight the Comet fall coaching staff, there seems to be the sudden realization that the month of August is just a sand wedge away. Everyone involved with the sporting world is holding their breath and crossing lots of fingers, hoping that our high school sports which ended so abruptly about five months ago can get back to business. And hoping that all the preparations to keep everyone as safe from the COVID-19 virus as possible, will have the desired effect; that being our high school sports will go on through the year with no interruptions.

This week two Coloma Comet coaches are featured who are both looking forward to that Friday night excitement on the Coloma home football field.

Christin Smith is the Coloma sideline cheer coach and is a homegrown product, and graduated as a Comet in 2004. Christin has plenty of experience to draw from as the Comet head coach. She cheered her way through school, starting in the seventh grade and cheering all the way through high school. Coach Smith also showed more of her athleticism, as she played softball for the Comets.

Christin’s day job is that of the Coloma high school secretary. Christin married her high school sweetheart, George Smith, and they just recently celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary. Christin and George have been blessed with a son, James, who is now 3-1/2 years old.

When asked about how they have been coping with the COVID-related lockdown, Christin says they have been staying busy swimming in their pool and riding their bikes. She says that they love the outdoors, and they try and spend as much time as possible outside.

When asked if she was looking forward to getting back to school she said, “I’m ready to start school in the fall. I miss seeing all of the kids every day.” About coaching the cheer team Christin said, “Cheer is something I’ve always enjoyed, and when the coaching position came open I knew it was something that I had to do.” She’s now been coaching since 2009. Coach Smith says the best thing about coaching is watching the girls grow in the sport, and becoming successful in reaching their goals.

Another familiar face that fans will be seeing back on the sidelines soon is Coloma varsity assistant football coach, Brian Klee. Brian is a math teacher at Coloma high school and has been coaching and teaching here since 2014.

Coach Klee has a very athletic background as he played varsity football, basketball and ran track at Ubly High School, where he graduated in 2003. The coach also says he met his future wife Ashley there during his junior year. The couple was married in 2008 and they have two beautiful daughters; Myla is 9 years old and attends 4th grade in Coloma, and Macie who is 4 years old and looking forward to also being a Comet in the very near future. Ashley works as a graphic designer at Kitchen Aid. The couple, with their kids and a couple of cats currently reside in Millburg.

Coach Klee tells that he first became interested in coaching and teaching thanks to his basketball coach, Joel Leipprandt, who gave him the opportunity to be a summer camp counselor during his high school years.

Brian attended Saginaw Valley State Univers