Ex-NBA forward gets coaching contract for over $19 million

larry-krystkowiak-sidelinesFormer NBA player, Utah Utes men’s basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak will remain with the team up until the 2022-23 season.

Krystkowiak received a contract extension, which calls for the fourth-year coach to make $2.4 million per year.

“I want to thank Dr. Hill and President Pershing for their amazing support of the men’s basketball team,” Krystkowiak said.

“We always speak about the culture within our program and a big part of that is realizing who we are. I’m a big believer in those I work for, those I work with, and the student-athletes I get to coach. This is an amazing university with an incredible basketball program one which I feel very proud and humbled to be a part of.”

The Utes advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2004-05 season before losing to eventual champion Duke.

The team finished 26-9 and spent 19 weeks ranked in the Top 25, the most since the 1997-98 season.

The Utes won just six games during the 50-year-old Krystkowiak’s first season.

Utah athletic director Chris Hill said in a statement, “It is clear that his success has been noted throughout the country and we are pleased to be able to solidify his commitment to our program.”

The 6’9 Krystkowiak played for a number of NBA teams during his career, including San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers.  He averaged career-best 12.7 ppg and 7.6 rpg for Milwaukee in 1988-89.

Krystkowiak missed the entire 1990-91 season due to injury, and also skipped the 1995-96 season, playing professionally in France. He appeared in a total of 420 NBA games (134 started), averaging 8.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg in 21.7 mpg.


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