Bucks Name Krystkowiak Head Coach
March 14, 2007 - General Manager Larry Harris announced today that Larry Krystkowiak has agreed to a multi-year deal to become the new head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. He is the 10th head coach in the history of the franchise. His first game as an NBA head coach will take place tomorrow night when the Bucks take on the San Antonio Spurs at the Bradley Center.
“Larry Krystkowiak brings the same competitive fire from his days as a player to his work on the sidelines and on the practice court as a coach,” said Harris. “His knowledge of the game and his ability to work well with players is a tremendous asset to our organization. He also has a successful track record as a head coach in both the college ranks and the CBA. We’re excited to move ahead with Larry as our new head coach.”
Krystkowiak, 42, was originally hired by the Bucks on June 22, 2006, as an assistant coach to Terry Stotts. He came to Milwaukee following two seasons as the head coach at his alma mater, the University of Montana. He led the Grizzlies to a 42-20 record during those two campaigns and won back-to-back Big Sky Conference Tournaments. He also guided his Montana squad to two straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a first-round upset over Nevada in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
Krystkowiak’s coaching resume also includes a one-year stint as head coach of the Idaho Stampede (CBA), where he guided his team to a franchise-best 37-16 record during the 2003-04 season. He has also spent time as an assistant coach at Norfolk Collegiate High School in Virginia (2002-03), at Old Dominion (2001-02), and at Montana (1998-2000).
“I’m extremely excited to have been given the chance to lead and develop such a young and talented team,” said Krystkowiak. “I want to thank Senator Kohl and Larry Harris for this terrific opportunity. Becoming an NBA head coach was my number one goal when I went into coaching and I welcome the challenges that lie ahead of me. This team has a great deal of potential and I’m eager to move forward.
“I would also be remiss if I did not thank Terry Stotts for the opportunity he gave me by bringing me to Milwaukee as an assistant. He believed in my abilities and for that I’m grateful.”
Drafted by Chicago in 1986, Krystkowiak played in nine NBA seasons, including four with the Milwaukee Bucks (he spent five seasons in Milwaukee from 1987-92, but was injured during the 1990-91 season). He averaged 9.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 225 career games with Milwaukee. He also played for San Antonio, Utah, Orlando, Chicago and the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 8.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 420 career NBA games.
He remains Montana’s all-time leader in points (2,017) and rebounds (1,105) after playing four years for the Grizzlies from 1982-86. In 1989, he became the only player in men’s basketball history at Montana to have his number (42) retired.
Larry and his wife, Jan, who played college basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, have three sons: Cameron, Luc and Ben.