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Golden Valley’s only boys varsity basketball head coach resigns after the program achieves new hei

Posted: March 27, 2009 1:45 a.m.
Updated: March 27, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Chris Printz resigned this week as head coach of Golden Valley this week.

 
In a surprising move, Chris Printz has resigned as head coach of the Golden Valley boys basketball team.

Printz guided the Grizzlies to the best team performance in the school’s five-year history this past season, but decided for his future that it was more important to devote more time to his family.

“A lot of people told me you could never win at Golden Valley and I didn’t believe that and I’m glad I didn’t,” Printz said. “I had a goal and I worked very, very hard at it and I feel like I accomplished a lot. I’m not afraid now to redefine myself as a person and being a better father and better husband are important to me.”

Printz had experienced some health problems during the 2008-09 season, but said that it wasn’t a factor in his resignation.

He has three children, ages 1, 4 and 9.

Golden Valley principal Sal Frias called Printz one of the classiest men he has known since coming to the school.

“I see a father, I see a teacher, I see a coach and I see an athletic director and it’s hard to be great at all those and you have to prioritize,” Frias said. “Was I surprised (he resigned)? Yes. Was I shocked? No. I was happy for him.”

He will remain as Golden Valley’s athletic director and made an assurance Thursday night that he plans to remain with the school.
Printz’s former high school basketball coach and his 4-year-old child’s godfather, Steve Johnson, resigned as Newbury Park head coach earlier this month.

The 37-year-old Printz said he has no intention of pursuing that job.

He also said there were some discussions about coaching at a higher level, but Printz and his wife decided that he would not pursue those avenues.

Printz was the final head coach remaining from Golden Valley’s original coaching hires.

He led the Grizzlies for their entire five-year history.

Golden Valley was 27-4 in 2008-09, winning the school’s first-ever team Foothill League title.

This season, the Grizzlies reached the CIF-Southern Section Division III-A semifinals, losing 94-87 to Gahr High.

In four varsity seasons, Golden Valley did not have a varsity basketball team in its inaugural year of 2004-05, Printz was 59-51, leading the Grizzlies to three playoff appearances.

He was 4-3 in the postseason.

“I think it took five years for anybody to know I was head coach at Golden Valley High School,” Printz joked.
Then, on his resignation, he added: “I didn’t really think it was a big deal.”

Printz made the announcement publicly on Wednesday night at the basketball team’s banquet at Robinson Ranch.

Printz said he received between 40 and 50 thankful text messages afterward.

He gave his resignation to Golden valley principal Sal Frias on Tuesday.

Printz said he will put his two cents in about the hiring of his successor, but because he would be too biased, will not participate in the selection of the next head coach.

Golden Valley figures to be competitive next season as well, as 6-foot-6 swingman Trevor Wiseman will be the centerpiece of  a still experienced squad.

Printz said he takes a lot of pride in leaving the program in good shape.

“He set the bar,” Frias said of coaches at Golden Valley High.

cosborne@the-signal.com

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