`Family' of student-athletes keeps Tom Ford with Oakland.
Jeff Tungate will serve as interim head coach.
The Golden Grizzlies were swept by the Mastodons during the regular season.
The Golden Grizzlies will recognize their two seniors before the game.
Oakland's home opener vs. Albion.
Oakland head coach Grag Kampe earned his 500th career win at home on Saturday during homecoming.
Jeff Tungate enters his seventh season as associate head coach and eighth season overall with the Golden Grizzlies. He primarily works with the forwards and centers for OU.
Tungate, an honorable mention honoree on CollegeInsider.com Top 25 Mid-Major Assistants in 2010, molded Oakland's big men into one of the more intimidating front lines in The Summit League. Keith Benson and Will Hudson anchored the front line to a league-best 39 rebounds per game and finished No. 1 and 2, respectively, inside the league in offensive rebounds.
Benson is a two-time Summit League Player of the Year and was named 2010 Mid-Major Player of the Year. He garnered CollegeInsider.com All-America honors and earned Associated Press All-America honorable mention accolades in back-to-back seasons. Benson blocked a league record 371 shots and set a new single-season school record with 127 blocks in 2011. He became the first-ever OU player to be selected in the NBA Draft, selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 48th pick and played 10 games with the Golden State Warriors in 2011.
Hudson was one of the top field goal percentage players inside The Summit League in his final three seasons. He doubled his scoring output in 2011 and broke the single-season school record with 133 offensive rebounds. His .645 season field goal percentage ranked second in the league and fifth overall in program history. Hudson was named to the All-Summit League second team in his final season. He currently is playing for the New Zealand Breakers.
Tungate's latest recruit Corey Petros has become another dominant force in The Summit League. Petros finished second in the league in rebounds per game (8.2) and led the conference with 3.2 offensive rebounds per game. He garnered All-Summit League honorable mention honors in 2013 and posted 11 double-doubles in his two seasons. Petros was selected to The Summit League All-Newcomer Team in 2012.
Prior to returning to Oakland, Tungate spent two seasons as an associate head coach at IPFW under head coach Dane Fife in 2005-07. There he helped lead the Mastodons to their best season in program history with 12 wins and set a home attendance record in a tough two-point loss to Notre Dame.
Before going to IPFW, Tungate worked with OU for one season as an assistant coach in 2004-05. He was part of the magical season for the Golden Grizzlies, as Oakland won The Summit League Tournament title as the No. 6 seed and advanced to its first ever NCAA Tournament since becoming Division I in 1998-99. The Grizzlies then won the opening round game over Alabama A&M, 79-69, and fell to top-seeded and eventual national champion North Carolina, 96-68.
Before Oakland, Tungate was the head coach of Lincoln Memorial University, an NCAA Division II member in Harrogate, Tenn., from 1999-2004. There he tutored two Gulf South Conference Players of the Year, and had a player make first team all-conference honors in four of his five seasons at the helm. In 2002-03, he led the Railsplitters to a 19-10 overall record and advanced to the conference semifinals of the tournament. It was the furthest any LMU team had gone and the 19 wins matched a school record since becoming Div. II. That team finished ninth in the nation in field goal percent defense and 28th in points allowed per game.
Previously, Tungate was an assistant coach at Lincoln Memorial for one season in 1998-99, helping the Railsplitters to the Eastern Division Championship, first time in school history, and finished with a record of 17-10. He also spent three seasons at Rochester College as an assistant coach and led the Warriors to a pair of top-five finishes while competing in the National Small College Athletic Association.
A 1993 Oakland graduate with a degree in English, Tungate is a native of Clarkston, Mich. In his school days at Oakland he was a member of the baseball team where he earned preseason All-America honors in 1992 and continues to hold the school record with a 20-game hitting streak. A graduate of Clarkston High School, Tungate was an all-state baseball player and an all-conference basketball player for the Wolves.
Jeff is married to the former Kelley Kleinhans. They both reside in Rochester, Mich., with their two sons, Jordan and Cooper.