Larry Krystkowiak, a three-time Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player at the University of Montana, a member of the USA National team which won the gold medal in Korea and nine-year NBA veteran, is in his first season as member of the Monarchs coaching staff.
Krystkowiak lettered at Montana from 1982-1986. He was a three-time MVP of the Big Sky Conference in 1984, 85 and 86. As a freshman, Krystkowiak was named the Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year. He averaged 22.2 points as a senior and 21.1 as a junior. He scored in double figures in 64 straight games and 80 of his last 81. He started 92 straight games and averaged ten or more rebounds from 1984-86. During those three years, he led the Big Sky Conference in both scoring and rebounding.
He completed his career at Montana with 2,017 career points and 1,105 career rebounds. He also received honors in the classroom, twice earning GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. Krystkowiak was a member of the USA National Team which won the gold medal in Korea as well as the USA National team which competed in the 1985 World University games in Yugoslavia.
After graduation, Krystkowiak was the 28th pick of the 1986 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls. He played his rookie season in the NBA for San Antonio where he started the last 30 games. He then played five seasons for Milwaukee where he was a starting power forward before being sidelined with a knee injury. Krystkowiak then played for Utah, Orlando, Chicago, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He also played for the Levallois Basketball Club in Paris, France in 1996.
From 1998-2000 Krystkowiak served as an assistant at Montana. The team won the Big Sky Championship in 2000.
The Missoula, MT., native graduated from Montana with a degree in business administration. Larry and his wife Jan have two sons, Cameron (2), and Luc, seven months old. He is an active member of Big Brothers and Sisters Organization.