Saints reportedly hire men’s basketball coach

Saint Martin’s University is expected to name Eastern Washington assistant Alex Pribble as its next men’s basketball coach, The Olympian learned Sunday through multiple sources.

Sources said Pribble was one of six finalists for the job, which became vacant with the departure of Michael Ostlund last month after two seasons in Lacey.

During the 2014-15 season, the Saints went 6-22 overall and finished tied for last in the GNAC with Montana State-Billings at 3-15.

Pribble spent the past two seasons in Cheney working with player development, offensive and defensive strategies, opponent scouting, film review and west coast recruiting, according to his LinkedIn account profile.

The Eagles were champions of the 2015 Big Sky Conference tournament, and were awarded a No. 13 seed to the NCAA tournament, losing to fourth-seeded Georgetown, 84-74, in the second round March 19.

Pribble, a 2007 (bachelor’s) and ’08 (master’s) graduate of the University of California, where he was a four-year player (originally a walk-on as a freshman before being a team captain as a senior), has coaching experience at the college, high school and AAU levels.

From 2011-13, he was an assistant at San Francisco State after coaching three seasons at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California, from 2008-11.