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  • Tinkle era begins at Oregon State

    Beavers hire former Montana coach
  • CORVALLIS — Wayne Tinkle, who coached the past eight seasons at Montana, was hired as Oregon State's new head coach on Monday night.
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  • CORVALLIS — Wayne Tinkle, who coached the past eight seasons at Montana, was hired as Oregon State's new head coach on Monday night.
    Tinkle took the Grizzlies to the NCAA tournament three times in his tenure with the team. Montana finished below .500 only once during that span.
    The 48-year-old replaces Craig Robinson, brother-in-law of President Barack Obama, after he was fired earlier this month following six seasons with the Beavers where he failed to make the NCAA tournament. The once-proud Beavers have not been to the NCAA tournament since 1990.
    Tinkle went 158-91 with the Grizzlies, compiling the second-most victories in school history. The only slight on his resume at Montana was an inability to get an NCAA tournament victory, something the Grizzlies have not had since beating Nevada in the first round in 2006.
    Montana has a history of producing successful coaches, including Jud Heathcote, Mike Montgomery and Larry Krystkowiak. Heathcote went from Montana to Michigan State; Montgomery went to Stanford; and Krystkowiak left Montana for the NBA before ending up at Utah and starting to turnaround the Utes program last season.
    Robinson was unexpectedly fired May 5, a little more than a month after athletic director Bob De Carolis announced that Michelle Obama's older brother would return for a seventh season as basketball coach.
    Robinson went 94-105 overall — and 39-69 in the Pac-12 — with Oregon State after spending two seasons as Brown's head coach. The Beavers made the postseason four times under Robinson but all were appearances in the lower-tier College Basketball Invitational. Oregon State was bounced in the first round by Radford last season.
    Former UCLA coach Ben Howland and former Trail Blazer Damon Stoudamire were both rumored to be candidates for the job. Tinkle will face a challenge with the Beavers roster decimated by graduation and transfers. Oregon State has no returning starters in 2014-15 after Eric Moreland declared early for the NBA draft, Hallice Cooke decided to transfer and Challe Barton left to play professionally overseas. Leading scorer Roberto Nelson, Devon Collier and Angus Brandt were seniors last season and won't be back, either.
    Tinkle was a standout forward for the Grizzlies from 1986-89 and a three-time All-Big Sky pick his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He is fourth all-time at Montana in rebounds (836) and sixth in points (1,500). He was Montana's Carl Dragstedt Award (MVP) winner in 1988 and 1989, and led the team in rebounding in 1987, 1988 and 1989, and in scoring in 1988 and 1989.
    He played professionally for 12 years with stints in the CBA and in Sweden, Spain, Italy and Greece.
    Tinkle, the 21st head coach in Beaver basketball history, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Montana in health and human performance in 2005.
    He was born on Jan. 26, 1966 in Milwaukee, Wis., as the youngest of 11 children (seven girls and four boys). He graduated from Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash., in 1984.
    Tinkle is married to the former Lisa McLeod, who was a standout basketball player at Montana and was inducted into the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. They have two daughters, Joslyn and Elleson, and one son, Tres. Joslyn played in three basketball Final Fours during her four-year career at Stanford and Elleson just finished her sophomore basketball season at Gonzaga. Tres is a standout forward at Missoula's Hellgate High School.
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