Utah hires former NBA, Montana coach Krystkowiak

Posted: 03/04/2011 in NBA, NCAAB
Krystkowiak named Utah hoops coach
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Larry Krystkowiak has been named the new men’s basketball coach at the University of Utah. Krystkowiak, a former head coach at Montana and in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks, has been an assistant with the New Jersey Nets this season.

In two years at Montana, he guided the Grizzlies to a record of 42-20 with two NCAA Tournament appearances. He left after the 2005-06 season to become an assistant in the NBA with the Bucks.

Krystkowiak was elevated from assistant to head coach in Milwaukee late in the 2006-07 season when Terry Stotts was fired. He finished out that campaign and had one full season on the Milwaukee bench before being fired, compiling a record of 31-69 during his brief tenure.

The Montana alum played for six teams in nine NBA seasons, averaging 8.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 420 career games.

In addition to his head coaching stops with Montana and Milwaukee, Krystkowiak was also the head coach for Idaho in the CBA for the 2003-04 season.

Utah needed a replacement for the fired Jim Boylen, who was just 69-60 in four seasons. The Utes finished the 2010-11 campaign 13-18 for its second straight losing season and next year will begin play in the newly-expanded Pac-12 Conference.

– Steve

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