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Printz returns as head coach

Printz, Jackson to captain Golden Valley basketball programs next year

Posted: May 7, 2009 10:47 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The new coach is the old coach at Golden Valley.

Chris Printz was re-hired as Golden Valley varsity boys basketball coach Wednesday. He made the announcement to his players Thursday.

“I feel kind of foolish for thinking I could really ever give it up,” Printz said. “I would have continued not coaching had it not been for my family supporting it so much and wanting to be part of it.”

Printz resigned from the position in late March, after leading the Grizzlies to their best finish ever, which included a Foothill League title and a spot in the CIF-Southern Section Division III-A semifinals.

But citing a desire to spend more time with family, he handed in his resignation.

His wife, Leslie, and three children urged him to reconsider, though. So did Golden Valley Principal Sal Frias.

The school settled on three finalists for the position, but Printz finally relented and decided to come back.

Printz said he told his players Thursday afternoon and they applauded.

“We’ll go back to work Monday,” he said.

Printz, who doubles as the school’s co-athletic director, also announced that Golden Valley has hired Todd Jackson as its varsity girls basketball head coach.

Jackson took over as Canyon’s varsity girls basketball coach when Stan Delus resigned Jan. 15 after it was found out that two of his players had falsified residency records.

Canyon was forced to forfeit 11 victories.

Jackson led the Cowboys to the brink of the postseason, going 7-3, but the Cowboys fell short of a playoff berth.

He had hoped to remain as Canyon’s coach, but after its interviewing process, he interviewed at Golden Valley.

Jackson marks the fourth different varsity girls basketball coach in four seasons at Golden Valley.

“I thought he did a great job,” Printz said of Jackson. “He handled a very difficult situation with a lot of class and a lot of poise.”
Printz said Jackson is someone he feels will stick around longer than a year, calling him a “long-term solution.”

Printz added that his intention is to also coach beyond just one year.

He is the only varsity boys basketball coach in the school’s history.

A message to Canyon High’s athletic administration Thursday night seeking confirmation on who the school’s new girls basketball coach is was not returned.


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