Montana basketball coaches sign three-year contract extensions

Robin Selvig will be coaching his 35th season next winter

Robin Selvig will be coaching his 35th season next winter

May 25, 2012

May 25, 2012

The University of Montana's Grizzly and Lady Griz head basketball coaches Robin Selvig and Wayne Tinkle have signed three-year contract extensions, announced UM's Interim Director of Athletics Jean Gee today (Friday, May 25).

Their contracts were recently approved by Montana's Board of Regents, and begin in the 2012-13 and extend through the 2014-15 season.

"I have so much respect for Wayne, not only for his teams' excellence on the court, but most importantly for their successes in the classroom and community," Gee said. "He and his staff recruit quality young men who are so well-rounded, and they are simply a joy to be around. The future of Grizzly basketball looks very bright with the signing of Wayne to a three-year contract extension."

"It is important that an administrator never take a talented, loyal coach for granted," Gee said. "Robin Selvig is Lady Griz basketball and Lady Griz basketball is Robin Selvig. I am very pleased that we were able to sign Robin to a three-year contract extension to continue our excellence in women's basketball and providing our fans a great group of young women to watch and support."

Tinkle has a six-year overall record of 116-71 (.620) and is 66-30 (.688) in Big Sky Conference games. His 116 career victories are the fourth most in school history. The Grizzlies have won 20 or more games the past three years in a row, going 25-7, 21-11, and 22-10.

Montana's 25 victories in 2011-12 are the third most in school history, and Coach Tinkle was recognized for the team's success, as he was named the NABC Division I All-District 6 "Coach of the Year" by The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), as selected by his peers. He was also named the Big Sky's "Coach of the Year" in 2011-12.



The Grizzlies' 15 victories in Big Sky games in 2011-12 are a school record, as is the Grizzlies' 7-1 league record on the road. He is one of just three coaches in school history to win 20 or more games in three straight seasons.

Last season "Tinks" guided Montana to its second trip to the NCAA Tournament in his tenure, as the 13th-seeded Grizzlies played the fourth-seeded and 14th-ranked (Associated Press) Wisconsin Badgers in a second round NCAA game (a 73-49 loss) in Albuquerque, N.M. Over the past three seasons, the Griz have advanced to post-season play a school-record three years in a row.

A standout forward for the Griz from 1985-86 to 1988-89, Tinkle was a three-time All-Big Sky pick. He is ranked fourth in UM history in career rebounds with 836 and sixth in career points with 1,500.

The upcoming season will be Coach Selvig's 35th year as head coach of the Lady Griz and his 40th year as either a coach or player at his alma mater.

He was a four-year member of the Grizzly basketball team (1970-71 to 1973-74) and All-Big Sky selection as a senior. He coached UM's men's freshman team in 1974-75 and was named the head coach of the Lady Griz in the summer of 1978.

His coaching career has been characterized not only by longevity and loyalty but also the sustained success of his program.

Selvig, who coached his 1,000th game at Montana last December, has a 34-year record of 774-247 (.758) and is one of NCAA Division I women's basketball's leaders in both victories and winning percentage.

The 19-time conference coach of the year has guided the Lady Griz to 32 winning seasons, 27 20-win seasons and 19 NCAA tournaments. He has taken all 34 of his teams to at least the conference-tournament level of the postseason.

Individually he has coached one Kodak All-American, 12 conference MVPs, 83 all-conference performers and 129 academic all-conference selections.

Selvig will enter the 2012-13 season 26 wins shy of 800 for his career. The only active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches currently with 800 wins are Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer, North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell, Stanford's Tara VanDerveer and Connecticut's Geno Auriemma.

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