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Wednesday, July 24, 2002
Krystkowiak leaves ODU for 'personal reasons'

Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. -- Larry Krystkowiak, a nine-year NBA veteran, has resigned for personal reasons as assistant men's basketball coach at Old Dominion, head coach Blaine Taylor announced Wednesday.

"We appreciate the time and energy that Larry has put into his position,'' Taylor said in a statement. "We wish him luck in future plans.''

Krystkowiak said in an interview it was simply "time to move on'' and declined to expand on the reasons for his departure.

"I don't really care to get into specifics. I want nothing but the best for the program so I don't want anything negative to be said,'' Krystkowiak said.

Krystkowiak said he wanted to remain in coaching, perhaps on the high school level.

"My favorite part of coaching is the daily togetherness with the team and to watch the team grow,'' he said.

Prior to joining the Monarch staff 14 months ago, Krystkowiak spent 1998-2000 as an assistant at his alma mater, the University of Montana. Taylor is a former UM coach.

Krystkowiak was a member of the USA National team and was the 28th pick of the 1986 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls. He played for six teams during his pro career.

A search for Krystkowiak's replacement will begin immediately.