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Travis Lamont DeCuire (born November 21, 1970) is the men's basketball head coach for the University of Montana.[1]

Travis DeCuire
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamMontana
ConferenceBig Sky
Record109–58
Biographical details
Born (1970-11-21) November 21, 1970 (age 48)
Seattle, Washington
Playing career
1990–1991Chaminade
1992–1994Montana
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998–2001Sammamish HS
2001–2003Green River CC
2003–2008Old Dominion (assistant)
2008–2014California (assistant)
2014–presentMontana
Head coaching record
Overall109–58 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
3 Big Sky regular season (2015, 2018, 2019)
2 Big Sky Tournament (2018, 2019)
Awards
Big Sky Coach of the Year (2018)

BiographyEdit

DeCuire went to Mercer Island High School, where he led the school to two conference titles. He began his collegiate career at Chaminade, where he was a starter his freshman year.[2] DeCuire played college basketball for Montana from 1991 to 1994. He set school career and single-season assists records with 435 and 199 assists, respectively, for the Grizzles. DeCuire was named to All-Big Sky teams in his junior and senior seasons. He graduated from Montana in 1994 with a degree in marketing.[1]

After graduation, DeCuire founded the Fastbreak Basketball Association to help Seattle area youth learn life lessons through basketball. He has counseled students at the Echo Glen Children's Center in Snoqualmie, Washington, from 1996 to 1998 and with the Ryther Children's Center in Seattle from 1995 to 1997.[1] DeCuire served as head coach of Green River Community College for two seasons from 2001 to 2003. He earned earning league Coach of the Year honors in 2003. DeCuire left to join Blaine Taylor's staff at Old Dominion University, where he served until 2008. He helped lead the Monarchs to two NCAA Tournament berths. DeCuire was an assistant coach at the University of California for six seasons, from 2008 to 2014.[2]

On May 31, 2014, DeCuire was hired as head coach of his alma mater, Montana. He replaces Wayne Tinkle, who left to take the job at Oregon State University. "I am excited to have Travis return to the University of Montana and lead the Griz men's basketball program," said athletic director Kent Haslam. "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."[1]

Head coaching recordEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky Conference) (2014–present)
2014–15 Montana 20–13 14–4 T–1st NIT First Round
2015–16 Montana 21–12 14–4 2nd CBI First Round
2016–17 Montana 16–16 11–7 T–5th
2017–18 Montana 26–8 16–2 1st NCAA Division I First Round
2018–19 Montana 26–9 16–4 1st NCAA Division I First Round
Montana: 109–58 (.653) 71–22 (.763)
Total: 109–58 (.653)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Montana hires Travis DeCuire". ESPN. Associated Press. May 31, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Travis DeCuire". Montana Grizzlies. Retrieved November 16, 2015.