Updates from Monday, May 19
On Monday, Oregon State made the Wayne Tinkle hiring official via osubeavers.com:
Wayne Tinkle, who led Montana to three NCAA Tournament appearances, has been named the head coach of the Oregon State men’s basketball team, Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Monday.
"Today, with the hiring of Coach Wayne Tinkle, Oregon State University begins a new era in Beaver men's basketball of regularly competing within the top echelon of the Pac-12 for the conference championship and for postseason NCAA competition,” De Carolis said.
“The more I went through the process, the more recommendations I received about Coach Tinkle,” De Carolis added. “I met with Coach Tinkle for several hours last week and came away very impressed with him. His success on the basketball court as a coach and player is well documented, but even more so, I was impressed with his demeanor, family and philosophy. I think he is a perfect fit for our basketball program, Oregon State University, the community and this state.”
From the President of the United States' brother-in-law to a Big Sky export: Oregon State has reportedly hired the University of Montana's Wayne Tinkle as its successor to Craig Robinson.
The Oregonian's John Canzano has the news:
Wayne Tinkle will be announced as the men's basketball coach at Oregon State on Monday.— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) May 19, 2014
CBS Sports' Gary Parrish reported that Arizona assistant Damon Stoudamire was the top candidate for athletic director Bob De Carolis but negotiations never progressed, leaving Tinkle as the hire.
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The 48-year-old head coach has spent the last 13 seasons with Montana, where he also played in the late 1980s. He worked as an assistant from 2001 until 2006 before taking over for Larry Krystkowiak, who is now also in the Pac-12 with Utah.
In eight seasons as head coach, Tinkle led the Grizzlies to a 158-91 (.635) overall record, reaching the NCAA tournament three times in the past five years. His teams never won a game in the Big Dance, but the 2009-10 squad gave New Mexico a serious scare as a No. 14 seed.
According to The Oregonian's Connor Letourneau, Tinkle has ties to Oregon State. Assistant coach Freddie Owens worked under Tinkle at Montana, and director of player personnel Joe Kennedy is the son of Pat Kennedy, who was Montana's head coach from 2002 through 2004.
KEZI Sports' Jake Zivin applauded the hire:
Covered him in Missoula - Great guy, great coach. MT @JohnCanzanoBFT: Wayne Tinkle will be announced as the men's basketball coach at OSU.— Jake Zivin (@JakeZivin) May 19, 2014
Moreover, as ESPN's Fran Fraschilla noted, Tinkle may come bearing a gift, too:
If Wayne Tinkle is named head coach at Oregon State, his first recruit in Class of '15 could be Tres Tinkle, 6-5 wing from Missoula, Montana— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) May 19, 2014
Tres Tinkle is the 132nd-rated player in the 2015 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings.
Still, it's going to be an uphill climb for the new head coach.
The Beavs finished 8-10 in the Pac-12 last year and will be losing their top five scorers in Roberto Nelson, Devon Collier, Angus Brandt, Eric Moreland and Hallice Cooke. The first three are graduating, Moreland is headed for the NBA draft and Cooke is transferring. Furthermore, transfer Nick Faust is re-opening his recruitment after originally deciding to attend OSU.
Alas, Oregon State will be hoping that the up-and-coming Tinkle—who has wins over Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA in his career—can not only inject some energy into a program that hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since the 1990s but also establish some stability in the player department.