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Utah fires Krystkowiak after 10 seasons

SALT LAKE CITY — Larry Krystkowiak, the only men’s basketball coach Utah has had during its Pac-12 era, is no longer at the helm of the program. He had a 183-139 record in 10 seasons with the Utes, including a 91-90 mark in conference play. The team hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament field since 2016, or the NIT since 2018. Utah went 12-13 this past season.   

“Today, I informed head men’s basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak that I am making a change in the leadership of our men’s basketball program. The decision comes after a thorough evaluation of the program—both on and off of the court—as I do with every head coach at the conclusion of their seasons,” athletics director Mark Harlan announced Tuesday afternoon.

“Ultimately, our program needs a new voice, a new vision and a new leader who can build upon Larry’s foundation and lead us to greater heights in the years ahead. Larry has always been dedicated to our student-athletes, to our university and to the Salt Lake City community, and I am grateful for his decade of service to the University of Utah. In addition, he and his wife Jan have been incredibly generous in supporting university and community initiatives. I want to wish Larry, Jan and their family the very best.”   

Krystkowiak, who is under contract for two more years, reportedly has a buyout near $7 million.   “The costs associated with this termination and the hiring of a new head coach and staff will be fully funded from athletically-generated resources,” Harlan explained. “We will launch an immediate national search for a new head coach.”   

Krystkowiak, a former Utah Jazz player, was hired in 2011 to replace the fired Jim Boylen. Previous head coaching stints came with the CBA’s Idaho Stampede, at his alma mater Montana, and the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.    

“Larry has the ability to lead our program to the national prominence it has enjoyed for much of our history and he understands the importance of Utah basketball to our university and community. Larry has outstanding experience as a player and coach, both collegiately and in the NBA,” former Utah athletics director Chris Hill said in announcing Krystkowiak’s hiring almost a decade ago. “He has impressed me with his intelligence, intensity, basketball knowledge and love of the game. Through the search process, I found there to be a lot of interest in our job. In the end, I just kept coming back to Larry and am pleased he was as enthusiastic about becoming our coach as I was in offering him the job.”

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