It’s hard to find good news coming out of the University of Montana athletic department these days, what with all the investigations and allegations and firings surrounding
the mega-popular football program. Overshadowed by all that, however, is the making of a veritable dynasty. Under the direction of former UM great and all-around great-guy Wayne Tinkle, the men’s basketball team reached its second NCAA tournament in three years in March, and secured its third straight season with more than 20 wins. Just as noteworthy as the on-court results, Tinkle coaches a group free from off-court drama. And while last year’s squad was special—some longtime fans considered it one of the best ever—next year holds even more promise with the return of all-conference candidates Will Cherry and Kareem Jamar. This is a team the community should be proud to support.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)