SPOKANE – Ferris High School graduate Wayne Tinkle has a coaching career to be proud of. Just this week, he became the second winning-est basketball coach in University of Montana history. But those who know Tinkle best say you won’t catch him bragging about a different kind of recognition he received: “College Basketball’s Sexiest.”
Tinkle’s daughter, Elle, is a sophomore who plays basketball at Gonzaga University. She said her family is having a lot of fun with it, even if her father isn’t.
“I think he was pretty mortified,” Elle Tinkle said. “Maybe deep down he thought it was pretty cool, but to us, at least, he was kind of embarrassed.”
“Wayne Tinkle, Spokane’s own, the sexiest coach in college basketball,” Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves said. “I mean, I agree.”
College Insider calls Tinkle a “snow-capped mountain of a coach” and managed to get him to agree to participate in a video on the award.
“He jokes with us saying, ‘Well, you’re lucky, kids, that you look like me,” Elle Tinkle said.
Back at Tinkle’s stomping grounds at Ferris High School, teacher Cheryl Gould graduated school with Wayne. She showed us yearbook photos of him in 1980s glasses and getting crowned king at the Valentine’s Day dance.
“I think he was always a smooth-talker,” Gould said. “He always had my mom typing his papers his senior year. She wouldn’t type mine but she would type his, so I think he kind of, like, schmoozed the ladies from the very beginning.”
So for his friends and family in Spokane, it was more a shock that this type of award exists than hearing Wayne Tinkle was the one to receive it.
“Great coach, everyone already knows that, but good looks? Why not brag about that as well,” Elle Tinkle said.