Oregon State University makes way for a new era… the Wayne Tinkle era. After recently firing OSU Men’s Basketball coach Craig Robinson, Bob De Carolis (Director of Athletics) interviewed several candidates, and ultimately announced Monday that Wayne Tinkle would take over as head coach.
Tinkle comes from Montana where he was the head coach of the Grizzlies for eight seasons. In his time at Montana he won 158 games, the second most in school history. He led the Grizzlies to Big Sky regular-season titles in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and Big Sky Tournament championships in 2012 and 2013. Tinkle’s only work experience comes from Montana where he also attended as a student athlete earning his B.S. in Health and Human Performance.
So why do we believe Winkle is the solution to our struggling men’s basketball team? Craig Robinson served as head coach for six seasons and only totaled a losing record of 94-105, and 39-69 in the PAC-12. Last season we broke even with a 16-16 record ending with a loss in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. Wayne Tinkle led the Grizzlies to Big Sky regular-season titles in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and Big Sky Tournament championships in 2012 and 2013. He also attended the NCAA tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2013… the beavers have not made an appearance since 1990. Recently, his team went 25-7 in 2011-12 and 2012-13. We are hoping that he can bring a high level of success to OSU.