The University of Montana basketball season ended after their loss in the NCAA tournament, but for the coaching staff, it hasn't exactly slowed down, with three late signees committing to the program in the last few weeks...
Arguably the biggest name of incoming players is Martin Breunig, who transfers from the University of Washington in the Pac-12, a highly sought after high school recruit, he originally committed to Maryland, before their long-time coach retired.
"He's an athletic post, strong, really gets off the floor, and a good kid, so obviously we won't have him for another year, he'll have to sit out, but we're excited to add a player of his size and caliber," says head coach Wayne Tinkle
With the dismissal of Spencer Coleman, many are concerned about the Griz lack of experience in the post, something that coach Tinkle says junior college transfer Chris Kemp should help with.
"I think with he and Jake Wylie at that 4 spot, and we have Hutch and Andrew at the 5, Mike Weisner played a lot at the four, that we'll be just fine in that area," says Tinkle.
This off-season, the Griz also lost assistant coach Freddie Owens, who left for a coaching job on the Oregon State staff…and unfortunately, losing assistant coaches has become all too common for the Griz.
"Somebody can double their income, and maybe go to a little higher level, and they're going to jump at it. So it's to be expected, it's frustrating as a head coach, it's been four years in a row now that we've lost an assistant, but the neat thing is we lose great players, we've lost some really good coaches, but the program is in good shape because we just keep going on and keep existing so to speak," says Tinkle.
Switching to a lighter portion of the summer, Coach Tinkle and his squad look forward to their youth camp beginning on July 8th…where they go back to coaching the basics.
"They really are starting from scratch, and the kindergartners, It's basic 'okay you can't dribble with two hands, you can't travel all over.' Their attention spans sometimes reminds me of our own guys, but it's fun, because they are here to have a good time, but they aren't into the highlights on ESPN, and the And-1 mix tapes, so it's fun to coach those guys who are eager to learn and get out there and get after it," says Tinkle.