MISSOULA — Montana head men's basketball coach Travis DeCuire will interview for the same position at California, according to media reports Monday.
DeCuire, who spent six seasons as an assistant at Cal before being hired to coach his alma mater in 2014, is part of the first string of interviews as reported by Jordan Schultz, a college basketball analyst with Bleacher Report and the Huffington Post. The others include UC Irvine's Russell Turner, UC Davis' Jim Les and Nevada's Eric Musselman.
Attempts to reach DeCuire for comment were unsuccessful Monday.
This would not be the first time DeCuire, 46, has interviewed for the head coaching position at the Berkeley, California, school. DeCuire was a candidate to replace Mike Montgomery – himself a former Griz head man – when Montgomery retired from the Pac-12 program following the 2013-14 season.
The Golden Bears passed over their in-house candidate that offseason in favor of Cuonzo Martin, who last week resigned from Cal to accept the head job at Missouri. The decision was largely because of DeCuire's lack of Division-I head coaching experience, a qualm that has since been rectified over three seasons with Montana.
DeCuire, who played point guard for the Griz from 1992-94 and was named all-Big Sky Conference as a junior and senior, has guided Montana to a 57-41 record in those three years. No other coach in program history has led Montana to back-to-back 20-win seasons in his first two years as men's basketball head coach.
Both Musselman and Turner interviewed to replace Montgomery at Cal in 2014 as well.
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DeCuire served as Cal's associate head coach in his final two years with the Bears, who reached the postseason in all six years of DeCuire's stay, including four NCAA Tournament berths. The program went 130-73 under DeCuire and Montgomery.
Before his time in Berkeley, DeCuire served under another former Griz head man, Blaine Taylor, at Old Dominion. DeCuire was on Taylor's staff for five years from 2003-08.
DeCuire was also the head coach at Green River Community College in Washington for two years prior to that after getting his coaching start at Sammamish High School from 1998-2001 in suburban Seattle.
He was hired to replace Oregon-State-bound Wayne Tinkle in May 2014 and the Griz won a share of the Big Sky regular-season crown in DeCuire's first season. They reached the finals of the conference tournament before falling to Eastern Washington. The team accepted a bid to the NIT afterward and finished 20-13, the first of two straight postseason appearances by the Griz.
Montana again advanced to the Big Sky championship game in 2015-16 before a loss to Weber State, and the Griz went on to play in the CBI tournament to cap a 21-12 campaign.
The Griz stumbled in DeCuire's third year at the helm to finish 16-16. They were bounced in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky tournament to end their season earlier this month.
DeCuire signed a new three-year contract with Montana last June that paid him a base salary of $155,000 for this past season. Martin made a $250,000 base when he was hired by Cal in 2014, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, with a "talent fee" of nearly $1.3 million for public appearances and media obligations.