MISSOULA – Montana men’s basketball coach Travis DeCuire will interview for the Cal head position, according to Jordan Schultz of the Bleacher Report.
Many speculated that the current Griz coach would be a candidate for the job once Cuonzo Martin left Cal for Missouri last week. DeCuire spent six seasons in Berkeley as an assistant under Mike Montgomery. When Montgomery retired in 2014, he pushed hard for DeCuire to replace him as Cal’s head coach. But the school instead hired Martin, who had coached at Tennessee the previous three years.
DeCuire quickly landed a different job for his first Division I head coaching position. He replaced Wayne Tinkle at his alma mater, once the former Griz coach took over the Oregon State program.
DeCuire led the Grizzlies to a 57-41 record over the past three seasons in Missoula. He won a Big Sky Conference regular-season title in Year 1, and matched the 14-4 Big Sky Conference record in Year 2. But UM struggled to close out games this past season, finishing 16-16 overall. Montana lost in the quarterfinals as the No. 5 seed at the Big Sky Tournament in Reno, Nev.
DeCuire played for Montana from 1992-94. He still holds the school’s all-time career record with 435 assists, despite only playing three seasons at UM. He also served as an assistant at Old Dominion and as head coach of Green River (Wash.) Community College before moving to Cal.
Schultz reported Decuire and three others will interview at Cal. He also mentioned Nevada head coach Eric Musselman, UC Davis head coach Jim Les, and UC Irvine head coach Russell Turner. Others have mentioned St. Mary’s head coach Randy Bennett as a potential candidate for the Golden Bears.