Wayne Tinkle

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Wayne Tinkle
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Oregon State
Record 14–5 (.737)
Biographical details
Born (1966-01-16) January 16, 1966 (age 49)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Playing career
1985–1989 Montana
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Montana (asst.)
Oregon State
Head coaching record
Overall 172–94 (.647)
Accomplishments and honors
Big Sky Regular Season Championship (2010, 2012, 2013)
Big Sky Tournament Championship (2012, 2013)

Wayne Tinkle (born (1966-01-16)January 16, 1966) is an American college basketball coach. He is currently the head men's basketball coach at Oregon State University. [1][2] Before coming to Oregon State University he was the Head coach at Montana for 8 seasons. He played professionally for 12 seasons until 2000, including stints in the CBA, IBL and in Sweden, Spain, Italy and Greece.[2]

Early life[edit]

Wayne was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Later he moved to Spokane, Washington. Tinkle graduated in 1984 from Ferris High School in Spokane.[3]

Playing career[edit]


Tinkle played college basketball for the University of Montana from 1984-1989.


Wayne played professionally for 12 years, spending most of his time in Europe playing for teams in Sweden, Italy, Spain, and Greece.

Personal life[edit]

Wayne is married to Lisa McLeod, a former University of Montana women's basketball player.[4] Wayne and Lisa have two daughters; Joslyn, who plays for the Seattle Storm professional women's basketball team, and Elle, a junior for Lisa Mispley Fortier's Gonzaga Bulldogs women's basketball team, and a son Tres, who plays basketball at Hellgate High School in Missoula, Montana. [4]

In 2014, Tinkle was named the Sexiest Man in College Basketball by CollegeInsider.com.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

The University of Montana's Wayne Tinkle is one of the winningest coaches in school history, boasting an overall record of 141-78.

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 was named the 8th (26th) head men's basketball coach at his alma mater in the summer of 2006.

Oregon State[edit]

In 2014, Tinkle was named the head men's basketball coach at Oregon State.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Montana (Big Sky Conference) (2006–2014)
2006–07 Montana 17–15 10–6 3rd
2007–08 Montana 14–16 8–8 4th
2008–09 Montana 17–12 11–5 T–2nd
2009–10 Montana 22–10 10–6 T–3rd NCAA First Round
2010–11 Montana 21–11 12–4 2nd CBI First Round
2011–12 Montana 25–6 15–1 1st NCAA Second Round
2012–13 Montana 25–6 19–1 1st NCAA Second Round
2013–14 Montana 17–13 12–8 T–2nd
Montana: 158–89 (.640) 97–39 (.713)
Oregon State (Pacific-12 Conference) (2014–present)
2014–15 Oregon State 14–5 5–2
Oregon State: 14–5 (.737) 5–2 (.714)
Total: 172–94 (.647)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Wayne Tinkle. montanagrizzlies.com
  2. ^ a b Tinkle to coach Montana; Krystkowiak to join Bucks - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  3. ^ "Wayne Tinkle". College Hoopedia. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Wayne Tinkle Profile". GoGriz.com. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  5. ^ Norlanderr, Matt. "Wayne Tinkle atop college hoops sexiest coaches list". CBS Sports. Retrieved 28 April 2014.