Utes fire Larry Krystkowiak after a decade leading the program

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Utah Utes will have a new men’s basketball coach for the 2021-22 season. The school has parted ways with former head coach Larry Krystkowiak

He led the program for the past 10 seasons. He had a 183-139 record at the school. 

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“I informed Head Men’s Basketball Coach Larry Krystkowiak that I am making a change in the leadership of our men’s basketball program,” Utes Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said in a statement. “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. 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. 

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Larry has always been dedicated to our student-athletes, to our University, and the Salt Lake City community, and I am grateful for his decade of service to the University of Utah. Also, 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.

The costs associated with this termination and the hiring of a new head coach and staff will be fully funded from athletically-generated resources. We will launch an immediate national search for a new head coach.”

In his final season leading the program, Krystkowiak guided the team to a 12-13 mark. The team went 8-11 in Pac-12 Conference play. 

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Their season came to an end in the Pac-12 Conference Tournament on March 11th, 2021. They were defeated 91-85 by the USC Trojans. 

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