After an amazing run the Elite 8, Oregon State University is rewarding Head Coach Wayne Tinkle with a three year contract extension. While financial details have not been revealed, the new contract should keep Tinkle in Corvallis through at least the 2026-27 season. Tinkle had another two years on his current contract, and a third was added after the team made the NCAA Tournament.
Tinkle started with Oregon State since 2014. He got the Beavers to the NCAA Tournament in his second year, where they lost in the first round against Virginia Commonwealth. That was his only trip to the big dance until this season, with the Beavers going on a magical run through the Pac-12 tournament and March Madness in there best season since the 80s. Arguably their best season ever.
Tinkle, along with all other Oregon State coaches, forfeited any benefits for postseason play. For Tinkle, that meant giving up $450,000; $150,000 for making the tournament, and $100,000 for each of the team’s three wins. After the Beavers exited the tournament following their loss to Houston, speculation immediately began that the university would find some other way to reward Tinkle, probably with a contract extension. That speculation turned out to be accurate.
Its good timing for the team. Oregon State’s success this year was fueled in part by how well they utilized the transfer portal. Wartih Alatishe, the Pac-12 Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, came to the Beavers through transfer, and with no questions about Tinkle’s future with the team Oregon State should be prepared to hit the portal hard this offseason.