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Montana hires former Cal assistant Travis DeCuire as men's basketball coach

Travis DeCuire (right) worked on Mike Montgomery's staff at Cal. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Travis DeCuire (right) worked on Mike Montgomery's staff at Cal. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Travis DeCuire has been hired as head basketball coach at Montana, the school announced on Saturday.

DeCuire, a Montana alum who holds the Grizzlies' career assists record, will be introduced in a press conference on Monday, the school said.

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"I am excited to have Travis return to the University of Montana and lead the Griz men's basketball program," athletic director Kent Haslam said in a statement. "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 as a coach."

ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman first reported DeCuire's hiring.

DeCuire spent the last six seasons on Mike Montgomery's staff at Cal. Montgomery, who retired in April, publicly endorsed DeCuire as his replacement, according to Goodman, but Cal hired Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin.

Montana's former coach Wayne Tinkle was hired at Oregon State, which fired Craig Robinson earlier this month.

The Grizzlies finished 17-13 last season after two straight trips to the NCAA tournament in 2012 and 2013.

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