Travis DeCuire is finalizing an extension to remain in Missoula as the University of Montana’s head basketball coach, according to a CBS Sports report.
The deal hasn’t been confirmed by UM’s athletics department, though multiple reports suggest the announcement could be coming in the next few days. DeCuire took over as head coach at Montana in 2014 and has compiled a 109-58 record in five seasons. His team has won the last two Big Sky Conference titles.
DeCuire, 48, is the latest in a line of successful Griz hoops coaches. Wayne Tinkle, who coached the Griz for eight seasons prior to DeCuire’s arrival in 2014, is now leading Oregon State. His predecessor, Larry Krystkowiak, was the head coach of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks for two years and now coaches the University of Utah.
DeCuire seemed poised to make the leap to a major-conference school this spring. He was a favorite for two open head coach positions at Pac-12 schools, Washington State and the University of California, because of his ties to the schools.
A Seattle-area native, DeCuire grew up about four hours from Washington State’s campus in Pullman. He’s developed massive recruiting clout in Washington, and more than one-third of Montana’s roster is from the state.
The Cougars hired former San Francisco head coach Kyle Smith Thursday.
This was the second time DeCuire appeared to be a front-runner for the job at Cal. The first came in 2014, following six seasons as an assis- tant with the California Golden Bears. But DeCuire wound up at Montana and California just signed their third head coach, Mark Fox, since DeCuire’s departure.
DeCuire played three seasons of college bas- ketball at the University of Montana from 1992-94. In that time, he set the school’s all-time career record for assists with 435. As a senior, he ranked 12th in the country in assists per game. At Mercer Island High School outside Seattle, he was an honorable mention McDonald’s All-American.
His coaching career began in the Seattle area in 1998 at Bellevue High School. Three years later he was named head coach at Green River Community College, a few miles down the road.
In 2003, DeCuire took his first Division I job as an assistant at Old Dominion. In 2008, he took a job with Mike Montgomery’s staff at California, where he stayed until moving to Missoula.
DeCuire is the fastest coach in Big Sky Conference history to win 50 games and he was named coach of the year in 2018. He’s won three regular season conference championships and two tournament championships in five seasons with the Grizzlies.