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Larry Krystkowiak
Power forward
Born September 23, 1964 (1964-09-23) (age 45)
Missoula, Montana[1]
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
High school Big Sky (Missoula)
College Montana
Draft 2nd round, 28th overall, 1986
Chicago Bulls
Pro career 1986–1996
Former teams San Antonio Spurs (1986-87)
Milwaukee Bucks (1988-92)
Utah Jazz (1992-93)
Orlando Magic (1993-94)
Chicago Bulls (1994-95)
Los Angeles Lakers (1996)
Awards Big Sky Conference MVP (1984, 1985, 1986)

Larry Brett Krystkowiak (born September 23, 1964) is a retired American professional basketball player, and the former head coach of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks. His nicknames include Krysko and Special K.[1]

He was born in Missoula, Montana[1] but grew up primarily in Shelby, Montana, but finished his high school career at Big Sky High School in Missoula. He and his wife, Jan, have three boys: Cameron, Luc and Ben.[2]


College career

Krystkowiak played college basketball for the University of Montana from 1982 to 1986 and still holds the school records for career points scored (2,017) and rebounds (1,105).[2] He is the only person to have been named Big Sky Conference MVP three times (1984-1986).[3]

Professional Playing Career

Krystkowiak was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 2nd round (28th overall pick) of the 1986 NBA Draft. He played power forward for nine seasons in the NBA, spending the bulk of his career with the Milwaukee Bucks. He also played for the San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. In the 1988-89 season he averaged 12.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and over 30 minutes per game for the Bucks.[1] Over his NBA career, he averaged 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest.[1]

Coaching career

Krystkowiak began his coaching career in 1998 as an assistant to Don Holst at his alma mater, the University of Montana. He coached at Montana until 2000 when he left to join Old Dominion as an assistant under former Griz head coach Blaine Taylor.[3] He spent one season (2001-2002) at Old Dominion.

Krystkowiak got his first opportunity as a head coach with the CBA's Idaho Stampede in 2003-04. In his single season as the Stampede's head coach, he led the team to a 37-16 record and a CBA championship game berth[2].

He was hired as head men's basketball coach at the University of Montana in May 2004. He led the Griz to a 42-20 overall record over the course of the next two seasons, reaching the NCAA tournament each year as a result of winning the Big Sky Conference tourney. In 2006, the Grizzlies beat heavily favored fifth seed Nevada in the NCAA Tournament.

In June, 2006, Krystkowiak left Montana to take a job as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks, under Terry Stotts. Krystkowiak was responsible for working with the Milwaukee's big men, notably second year players Andrew Bogut and Charlie Villanueva.[4] He was named head coach of the team on March 14, 2007, after the team fired Stotts, who had led the Bucks to a 23-41 record during the 2006-07 season.[5]. He signed a reported 4-year contract with the Bucks, with an average annual salary of $2 million[6] Krystkowiak's NBA head coaching debut on March 15, 2007, resulted in a 101-90 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

On April 17, 2008, Krystkowiak was fired as Milwaukee Bucks head coach after a disappointing season in which the Bucks compiled the league's sixth worst record.[7]

Coaching record

Larry Krystkowiak's record as a head coach.



Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L Pct Finish Result
Idaho Stampede 2003-2004[2] 53 37 16 .698 Lost CBA championship game

Men's college basketball

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L Pct Finish Result
University of Montana 2004-2005 31 18 13 .581 2nd in Big Sky Conference
9-5 conference record
Big Sky tournament champion
Lost to #1 seed Washington in first round of NCAA Tourney
University of Montana 2005-2006 31 24 7 .774 2nd in Big Sky Conference
10-4 conference record
Big Sky tournament champion
Upset #5 seed Nevada in first round of NCAA Tourney
Lost to #4 seed Boston College in second round of NCAA Tourney


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L Pct Finish Result
Milwaukee Bucks 2006-07 18* 5* 13* .278* Last in Central Division
14th in Eastern Conference
28th (of 30) in NBA
Missed Playoffs
Milwaukee Bucks 2007-08 82 26 56 .317 Last in Central Division
13th in Eastern Conference
25th (of 30) in NBA
Missed Playoffs
Career 100 31 69 .310

* Record is only for portion of the season after Krystkowiak took over. Finish is for full season.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Terry Stotts
Milwaukee Bucks head coach
Succeeded by
Scott Skiles
Preceded by
Pat Kennedy
Montana Men's Basketball Head Coach
Succeeded by
Wayne Tinkle


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