Coach Tinkle and his UM team set numerous school and league records en route to 19-1 Big Sky slate
Join Montana's Big Sky Conference champions from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Join Montana's Big Sky Conference champions from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Junior G-F was selected the Big Sky Conference's regular-season & post-season tourney MVP
Kevin Henderson hit a three with 2.6 seconds left to give the Griz a one point lead and the 67-66 victory.
Video highlights as well as reaction from head Coach Wayne Tinkle
Postgame reaction from coach Wayne Tinkle after the Griz take down the Long Beach State 73-71.
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Montana vs. Southern Utah (3/1/14)
Montana vs. Idaho State (2/22/14)
Montana vs. Weber State (2/20/14)
Montana vs. Eastern Washington (2/8/14)
The University of Montana's Wayne Tinkle is one of the winningest coaches in school history, boasting an overall record of 141-78. He is now in his eighth season as the head coach at his alma mater.
Coach Tinkle is the first mentor at Montana to take his team to the NCAA Tournament three times. His 141 career victories are the fourth most ever at Montana. He is 85-31 in Big Sky Conference games, which are the most league wins by any coach at UM.
Last season he led the Grizzlies to their second straight trip to the NCAA tournament, as UM played 19th ranked Syracuse in a second round contest in San Jose, Calif. Montana's NCAA tournament berth last season was its third trip to the Big Dance in the last four seasons, and its 10th in school history.
With its NCAA berth a year ago, Montana has now advanced to post-season play a school-record four straight seasons.
Montana went 19-1 last season en route to winning the conference's regular-season title, and those 19 victories are a Big Sky record.
He was tabbed the Big Sky's "Coach of the Year" in the 2012-13 and 2011-12 seasons. He is the first coach in Montana history to be named the Big Sky's coach of the year twice. Last season he was a finalist for the Hugh Durham Award, presented annually to the mid-major coach of the year.
In 2011-12 "Tinks" guided the Griz to the NCAAs, as the 13th-seeded Grizzlies played the fourth-seeded and 14th-ranked (Associated Press) Wisconsin Badgers in a second round NCAA Tournament game in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Grizzlies were 25-7 last year, and tied a school record with their fourth 20-win seasons (UM has gone 25-7, 25-7, 21-11, and 22-10 during that span) in a row. The Grizzlies were ranked 14th in the final Mid-Major Top 25 Poll following the 2012-13 season.
Montana's 25 wins last season tied Tinkle's 20-11-12 team for the second most ever in school history. (UM's 1991-92 and 1949-50 squads are tied for the most victories ever at UM).
When the Grizzlies defeated Weber State on March 16, 2013, it was their 93rd win over the last four seasons - a school record.
He was recognized for the Grizzlies' success in 2012, as he was named the NABC Division I All-District 6 "Coach of the Year" by NABC.
In 2010-11, Tinkle guided Montana to a 21-11 record and a berth in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Tournament. In 2009-10, the Griz went 22-10, won the league's post-season tourney, and advanced to the NCAAs, narrowly losing (62-57) to New Mexico.
Coach Tinkle has now been to the NCAA tournament a total of six times - three as the head man and three times as an assistant coach at Montana.
As an assistant coach he was with the Grizzlies on three NCAA tourney teams: 2001-02 against Oregon (head coach Don Holst); and also in 2004-05 vs. Washington and the 2005-06 season against Nevada and Boston College with mentor Larry Krystkowiak.
Tinkle, 48, was named the 26th head men's basketball coach in the summer of 2006. He served as an assistant coach at UM for the previous five seasons, working with Krystkowiak, Pat Kennedy (2002-04), and Holst.
He was a standout forward for the Griz from 1985-89 and a three-time All-Big Sky pick his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He is ranked fourth in UM history in career rebounds with 836 and sixth in career points with 1,500. He was Montana's Carl Dragstedt Award (MVP) winner in 1988 and 1989. He led the team in rebounding in 1987 (8.9 average), 1988 (8.4 average), and 1989 (8.7 avg.), and in scoring in 1988 (16.2 ppg) and 1989 (17.1 ppg).
He played in the pro ranks for 12 seasons (1990 to 2001). In his professional career he played in the CBA, as well as in Sweden, Spain, Italy and Greece. He played his final four seasons in Spain from 1995-99, where he was ranked among the league's top scorers and rebounders.
Wayne was born in Milwaukee, Wis., and is the youngest of 11 children (seven girls and four boys). He is a 1984 graduate of Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash. He received his degree in health and human performance from UM in 2005.
He is married to former Lady Griz star Lisa McLeod, who was inducted into the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Wayne and Lisa have three children: daughters Joslyn and Elleson, and son Tres.
Joslyn was a two-year starter and four-time letter-winner at Stanford in 2012 and 2013, while Elle, a sophomore, plays hoops at Gonzaga. Tres' Hellgate High School team won Montana's "AA" state title, and he was named the tournament MVP as a sophomore, and he was also an all-state selection.
COACH TINKLE'S TEAMS IN THE RECORD BOOKS
--25 straight regular-season conference wins (2011-12-Feb. 9, 2012-13).
--26 Big Sky home wins in a row, 2011-12-present (UM has won 31 straight at home over Big Sky teams, counting post-season games).
-19 Big Sky regular-season wins, 2012-13.
-A school record three NCAA tournament berths.
-Twice named Big Sky "Coach of the Year." (A UM coach has been named the league's coach of the year a total of six times since the 1963-64 season).
-His 25 wins in 2012-13 and 2011-12 tie him for the second most in school history.
-Owns the school mark with 85 Big Sky victories.
-His team's 93 wins over the past four seasons (the Griz are 93-34 since 2010-13 and 58-7 in Dahlberg Arena in that time span) are the most ever at UM.
-Has been to the NCAA Tournament six times during his tenure as head coach and an assistant coach at Montana.
-He ranks seventh in Big Sky history with 85 league wins.
-His 141 overall victories are the 11th all-time in the conference.
-Montana's conference championship in 2012-13 was its ninth - the most by any Big Sky team.
MOST BIG SKY WINS AT MONTANA
MOST CAREER WINS AT MONTANA
1.-Jiggs Dahlberg...........222-221.......17 (1937-42 & 1945-55)
2.-Mike Montgomery........154-76.........8 (1979-86)
3.-Blaine Taylor..............142-65.........7 (1992-98)
4.-Wayne Tinkle...............141-78.........7 (2006-present)
COACH TINKLE YEAR-BY-YEAR
Season...Overall: W-L....Big Sky: W-L (Finish)
2007-08..........14-16...8-8 (T, 4th)
2008-09..........17-12...11-5 (T, 2nd)
2009-10..........22-10...10-6 (T, 3rd)$
$=Participated in NCAA Tournament
^=Participated in CBI Tournament
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