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Developing Players As Community Members, Not Just Athletes

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Wayne Tinkle (@waynetinkle) is the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Oregon State. Before coming to Oregon State he was the head coach at Montana for eight seasons. He also played professionally for 12 seasons until 2000, including stints in the Continental Basketball Association and International Basketball League, and in Sweden, Spain, Italy and Greece.

Tinkle talks about the importance of character in players. He and his program try to develop young athletes into adults, to ultimately create and foster more positive leaders and role models. This way, after their athletic prime, or as he puts it, when “the air comes out of the ball”, they will have developed their players into adults ready to contribute to their community positively and productively.