Sunday, December 30, 2012

Wayne Tinkle's Success

There was a nice article on looking at the success of Wayne Tinkle, especially as it relates to his winning percentage and his ability to get Montana into the Big Dance by winning the Big Sky tournament.

Counting overall victories, whether conference or season total, to me seems mindless since of course the longer a coach is at the helm he's bound to acquire more wins when in fact the winning percentage is the way to measure apples to apples and not to oranges.

For example, Rahe has a conference winning percentage of .775, which impressively stands third behind the Wildcat's three-year coach Phil Johnson and Idaho's Kermit Davis who only remained at the helm in Moscow for two seasons.

Tinks meanwhile has won 69.4 percent of his conference matchups which also impressively stands eighth all-time.
Tinkle is a fantastic coach who likely one day will get swept up by a bigger program and move on (just like Larry Krystowiak before him and a slew of others before that), because that is how things work at the mid-major level. But I am sure Montana fans are enjoying him as long as he is there, and there is no doubt that the Big Sky conference is much better as a whole with Wanye Tinkle as a head coach in the conference.

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