Not only is Wayne Tinkle at the helm of No. 13 seed Montana in the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament, he's also the head of a basketball-loving family. A March 20 feature story from the New York Times shows the depth of the Tinkle family's March Madness love. The collective basketball resume for this family of five is impressive and they're not done yet.
Now head coach of the Montana Grizzlies men's basketball team, which happens to be his alma mater, Wayne was a college standout and a former pro basketball player. His wife, Lisa, had a stellar Montana Grizzlies basketball career in her own right, putting up stats that rivaled her husband's. Their three children are all basketball phenoms. In fact, their two daughters could face each other in the upcoming 2013 Women's NCAA tournament. Joslyn is a key scorer on the Stanford women's team and Elle is a freshman at Gonzaga.
The third Tinkle child, son Tres, is only 16, but already boasts the height and skill of both his parents and sisters. His father says that Tres could be the best among a strong roster of Tinkle basketball stars.
The love of March Madness runs rampant in the Tinkle family. They will be rooting for dad Wayne's team to make some noise in the early rounds of the NCAA tourney. His No. 13 seed Montana faces No. 4 seed Syracuse in Thursday's NCAA tournament action.