Jeff Tungate
Jeff  Tungate

Head Coach




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Jeff Tungate's Coaching Career

Jeff Tungate was named the head coach for the women's basketball team on July 16, 2013 and just finished his fourth season at the helm. He had spent the previous six seasons as the associate head coach for the men's basketball program and completed his ninth season overall with the Golden Grizzlies. In 2014, Tungate received the inaugural Oakland Athletics Coach of the Year award.

During the 2016-17 campaign, Tungate guided Oakland to a third-place tie with a 12-6 Horizon League record which marked the first time the Golden Grizzlies won 12 league games since joining the conference in the 2013-14 season. It also was the first time Oakland won 12 conference games since going 14-4 in the Summit League in 2009-10. The team averaged 76.6 ppg which ranked 19th nationally and closed out the regular season wining nine of their final 12 games.

Oakland also set the program school record in the Division I era with 12 wins by a margin of 20 points or more breaking the previous mark of nine in 2006-07. The win at YSU (2/23) also marked the first time in the Division I era the Golden Grizzlies have won four consecutive league games by a margin of 20 points or more. 

The Golden Grizzlies also defeated No. 21/24 Green Bay, 74-71, (Feb. 2) which marked Oakland's first home win over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 21 South Dakota State on Jan. 5, 2009. The win also snapped Green Bay's 11-game win streak and marked the second consecutive year the Golden Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix while being nationally ranked.

During Tungate’s third season in 2015-16, Oakland ranked first in the league in field goal percentage 42.7%, second in the league in scoring 75.4 ppg and third in 3-point percentage 32.7%. With the win at Vermont (Dec. 30), the Golden Grizzlies concluded the non-conference regular season with an 8-3 record which tied the 2004-05 and 2008-09 teams for the best non-conference winning percentage (72.7%) to begin a season in the Division I era.

He also guided Oakland to a 77-69 win over Green Bay (Mar. 5) on senior day becoming only the second team since YSU in 2013-14 to sweep the Phoenix in conference play. The Golden Grizzlies also defeated #22 Green Bay, 58-56, (Jan. 28) which was Oakland’s first win over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 21 South Dakota State, 67-51, on Jan. 5, 2009. The Golden Grizzlies also scored a single-game school record 123 points the opener versus NAIA UM Dearborn (Nov. 13) making a record 51 field goals while shooting 61.4 percent from the field.

Tungate also coached Olivia Nash who garnered All-Horizon League second team honors and Taylor Jones was an All-Freshman Team selection. Nash finished her career as the 27th player in program history to surpass 1,000 points and ranks first all-time in program history for most double-doubles in the Division I era with 32. He also coached Elena Popkey who also finished her career tied with Ann Serra (1988-90) for the most career assists in program history with 483, ranked sixth all-time in program history in 3-pointers made with 184 and was named the inaugural recipient of the Horizon League's Bobby Fong Award which embodies the league's core values of integrity, respect and stewardship.

In his second season, Tungate once again finished sixth in the 12th-ranked conference in the NCAA. He also coached back-to-back All-Horizon League defensive team selections as Sinclair Russell was named as an honoree after leading the league in blocks. Since taking over, the Golden Grizzlies have scored the most points over a two-year span since the 2008-09 and 09-10 seasons. Tungate led Oakland to a win over Green Bay on the road 70-67 on Feb. 4, becoming only the sixth Horizon League team to defeat the Phoenix at home in league play in 16 years.

In his first season at the helm, Tungate led the Golden Grizzlies to its first non-losing season in league play since 2010-11. Oakland finished the season with a 8-8 record in its inaugural season in the Horizon League. He also implemented a new offense that averaged the most points per game since 2007-08 and the most total points in five seasons. He coached the first-ever All-Horizon League performers in Bethany Watterworth (2nd team) and Kim Bee (All-Defensive). He earned his first career victory as a Division I head coach on Nov. 27, 2013, defeating Niagara 71-57.

Tungate began his career as Assistant Girl's Basketball Coach at Clarkston High School followed by one season as Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Oakland Community College working for Oakland Hall of Honor member Ann Serra.

He spent seven seasons overall with the men's basketball program, six as associate head coach. The Golden Grizzlies experienced unmatched success, making three NCAA tournaments and winning five Summit League championships during his tenure. In 2010, Tungate was an honorable mention selection by for the top 25 mid-major assistant coaches. Over the course of his seven years with the men's program, Tungate worked with six players that played professional basketball, including OU's first-ever NBA Draft Pick Keith Benson, taken 48th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 2011.

Prior to his return to Oakland, Tungate spent two seasons as the associate head coach at IPFW under current Michigan State assistant coach Dane Fife from 2005-07, helping the Mastodons to the best season in program history at that time. Tungate worked previously at OU during the 2004-05 season that saw the men's team win The Summit League tournament as the No. 7 seed and advanced to their first NCAA tournament since becoming eligible for Division I postseason play in 2002-03. The Golden Grizzlies won the opening round game over Alabama A&M, 79-69, before losing to eventual national champion and top-seed North Carolina, 96-68.

Tungate spent five seasons as head coach of Lincoln Memorial University (Division II) located in Harrogate, Tenn., from 1999-2004. He led the Railsplitters to their best finish in the conference tournament and tied for a program-best 19 wins since moving up to Division II. He also tutored two Gulf South Conference Players of the Year and had a player make all-conference first team in four out of his five years at the helm.

Tungate graduated from Oakland in 1993 with a degree in English. During his time at OU he played on the baseball team where he earned Preseason All-America honors in 1992. During the 1991 season, Tungate hit .397 which ranks fifth in school history in season batting average earning All-Region and Frist-Team All-GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) honors.

Jeff is married to the former Kelley Kleinhans. They both reside in Rochester, Mich., with their two sons, Jordan and Cooper.

Year-by-Year Record

Season School Overall Conference Finish Postseason
2013-14 Oakland 13-17 8-8 Horizon 6th League Tournament (0-1)
2014-15 Oakland 12-18 6-10 Horizon T-6th League Tournament (0-1)
2015-16 Oakland 15-15 7-11 Horizon 7th League Tournament (0-1)
2016-17 Oakland 18-12 12-6 Horizon T-3rd League Tournament (0-1)
TOTALS 4 Years 58-62 (.483) 33-35 (.485) Horizon

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