Former Montana Grizzlies player and coach Larry Krystkowiak, currently the head coach of the Utah Utes, was named the Pac-12 coach of the year by the Associated Press.

Utah was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-12 preseason poll after losing four of its top six scorers, including Kyle Kuzma, now with the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. Krystkowiak molded the Utes into a potential NCAA Tournament team, leading them to 19 wins and the No. 3 seed in this week's Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas.

Led by seniors David Collette and Justin Bibbins, Utah won five of its final six regular-season games and is in decent position to reach the NCAA Tournament after missing it last season.

Krystkowiak played for the Griz from 1982 to 1986 and is the program's all-time scoring leader with 2,107 points.

He coached the Griz in 2004-05 and 2005-06, taking the team to the NCAA tournament both years.