053014 Travis DeCuire

Travis DeCuire is expected to be named the next Montana men's basketball coach.

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Former Montana Grizzlies point guard Travis DeCuire has been named the 27th Montana men's basketball coach, Athletic Director Kent Haslam announced Saturday.

DeCuire replaces Wayne Tinkle, who was hired at Oregon State last week. DeCuire will be introduced at a news conference Monday at 1 p.m.

"I am excited to have Travis return to the University of Montana and lead the Griz men's basketball program," Haslam said in a news release. "I identified Travis as a very strong candidate early in the search process. The more time I spent with him understanding his vision not only for our program, but for the student-athletes he will mentor, the more impressed I became with him as a person and a coach."

DeCuire was most recently an assistant coach at Cal under former Grizzlies coach Mike Montgomery. Prior to that, he was an assistant to former Griz coach Blaine Taylor at Old Dominion.

DeCuire has two years of head coaching experience at Green River Community College in Seattle.

DeCuire played for the Grizzlies from 1991 to 1994 after transferring from Hawaii-Chaminade.

In just three seasons of eligibility, DeCuire became the school’s all-time leader in assists with 435, a record he still holds.

DeCuire was the Grizzlies’ MVP in 1993 and shared team MVP honors with Matt Kempfert following his senior season in 1994. That season, the Seattle native was ranked 12th nationally in assists, averaging 7.1 per game, and set a Montana single-season record with 199 helpers.

DeCuire was an assistant coach to Montgomery for six years, the last two as associate head coach. He earned Montgomery’s endorsement for the head job at Cal when Montgomery retired following the 2014 season. Cal, though, hired Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin.

While at Cal, DeCuire was said to have played an important role in the development of several all-conference standouts, including the 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year and 2011 Freshman of the Year Allen Crabbe, 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Jorge Gutierrez, as well as 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year Jerome Randle.

DeCuire was Taylor’s assistant at Old Dominion for five seasons during which time the Monarchs posted a record of 117-53.

According to his biography on the Cal website, DeCuire founded and acted as president of the Fastbreak Basketball Association, an organization that assists in teaching life lessons and building self-esteem through basketball to more than 500 students in the Seattle-Tacoma area. In addition, he has extensive experience in counseling with the Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie, Washington, from 1996 to 1998 and with the Ryther Children’s Center in North Seattle from 1995 to 1997.

DeCuire graduated from Montana in 1994 with a degree in business marketing. He and his wife, Sabrina, have two daughters, Brianna and Tamia.

Sports editor Bob Meseroll can be reached at 523-5265 or at sportsdesk@missoulian.com.

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