MARION — Jaime Printy graduated from the University of Iowa and joined the medical field.
That lasted about four months.
“It wasn’t my cup of tea,” said Printy, 23, who was without basketball for the first time in her life. “It felt like something was really missing, and I needed to see if there was anything I could do to stay in the game.”
There was, once her high school coach sent her a text — “I hear somebody wants to coach.”
“I had heard that Jaime was getting itchy to get back in the gym,” said Linn-Mar girls’ coach Michael Brandt. “She’s such a people person anyway, so this was bound to be a great fit.”
Printy is back home now, living with her parents while planning an August wedding. And she’s back in her comfort zone, on the basketball court as a varsity assistant coach.
Through her youth, through her high school and college years, her path has followed that of her older brother, Jordan Printy.
He’s back at Linn-Mar, too, assisting boys’ coach Chris Robertson.
“I’m enjoying it a lot,” said Jordan, 25, in his second year next to Robertson on the boys’ bench and as a history teacher at the high school. “I feel really fortunate to have been able to come back here and coach.
“Chris and I remained close when I was in college, so it made sense to come back.”
Both of the elder two Printy kids (younger sister Jenna is a high school sophomore and involved in dance) made a deep mark on Linn-Mar basketball as players.
Jordan scored 1,007 career points and was the all-tournament captain when the Lions won the 2007 state championship. Jaime didn’t get to the top, but finished with 1,391 career points.
In 2011, the Printys were the lone brother-sister tandem to play in the NCAA tournament in the same year — Jordan at Indiana State, Jaime with the Hawkeyes.
“We’re really close, and a lot of our relationship revolves around basketball,” Jaime said.
Jaime exited Iowa as the school’s third-leading scorer (1,841 points) and second-leading 3-point shooter (252). But her left knee, which she injured as a sophomore in high school and reinjured as a junior in college, prevented her from playing beyond college.
Her injuries had given Jaime a head start in seeing the game from the bench.
“I basically used her as an assistant her sophomore year here,” Brandt said. “Bringing her back as part of our staff, it’s a perfect fit. She has shown us some sets they used for her as a shooter at Iowa. And for the girls to have a role model who been through it all, it’s a great thing.”
Jordan works with the perimeter players for the boys’ team and assists in scouting.
“He’s fantastic,” Robertson said. “He’s been in the program and was very successful here. As a college player, he played at a high level and brings in a lot of good ideas.
“He’s a guy that the players trust and can relate to. Even though he’s a pretty quiet guy, he’s passionate about the sport and is able to share his thoughts.”
Jordan said he’d like to be a head coach somewhere someday, but isn’t in a rush.
“I think when you get into coaching, that’s always a goal,” he said. “But for now, I’m not getting ahead of myself. I’m glad to be helping out here.”