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A Cradle of Coaches

Wayne Tinkle, left, Larry Krystkowiak, middle, and Travis DeCuire, right, all starred for the Griz before they became head coaches at UM.

Larry Krystkowiak ’98, Sandy, Utah; Wayne Tinkle ’05, Philomath, Ore.; and Travis DeCuire ’94, Missoula, have more than one thing in common. Each is a former Griz basketball player, each has served as head coach of the Grizzlies, and each was coached or recruited by Stew Morrill, who retired after this past season as head coach at Utah State.

Larry, who just completed his fourth season as head coach at the University of Utah, won three Big Sky Conference Player of the Year awards at UM and remains the school’s all-time leader in both points and rebounds. After playing more than a decade in the NBA, he undertook a successful coaching career, including a stint as head coach of the Grizzlies from 2004 to 2006.

Wayne, now the head coach at Oregon State University, was a teammate of Larry’s for two seasons at Montana and also served on his coaching staff before taking over as Griz head coach from 2006 to 2014. Starting as a player under Mike Montgomery in 1985, Wayne earned first-team All-Big Sky honors in each of his final three seasons for the Griz and was named team MVP as a junior and senior. His playing career took him overseas for more than a decade.

Travis, who was recruited by Morrill in the coach’s final year, became the newest head coach of the Grizzlies in 2014. As a player under Blaine Taylor ’82, M.A. ’84, Travis earned first-team All-Big Sky honors as both a junior and senior and remains the school’s all-time leader in assists. He served as assistant coach and associate head coach at Cal under Montgomery the past six seasons. Now, with a stellar coaching tradition backing him up, he’s looking to add to the success of the Grizzlies.

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