KEYSER, W.Va. — Larry Kruk has been named the head women’s basketball coach at West Virginia University Potomac State College, according to athletic director Garett Sherman. While the head coach role is new for Kruk, the atmosphere is familiar. Kruk served as assistant coach to former head coach Jim Walton and the Lady Catamounts for seven years, from the 2012-13 through the 2018-19 seasons.
“We welcome Larry Kruk as the next head women’s basketball coach at Potomac State College,” said Sherman. “Larry gained valuable experience under Jim Walton as an assistant coach and we believe our program is in good hands with him moving forward.”
Kruk embraces the opportunity to lead the Catamount team while honoring the program’s history.
“I am grateful to Potomac State College’s administration and athletic staff both past and present for giving me this opportunity,” said Kruk. “I would like to thank coach Walton for mentoring me while I was as an assistant coach. I hope to continue the success the Lady Catamounts had under his leadership.”
As an assistant, Kruk was involved in every facet of coaching. His responsibilities included directing the programs recruiting efforts, assisting with game plan development, overseeing the conditioning and weight training programs and individual skill development.
Kruk knows firsthand the successes the Lady Catamounts have experienced.
“I have assisted the women’s basketball team in winning four Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference titles and five trips to the Region XX tournament.” he said. “Winning a Region championship is a goal we’ve come close to, I would like us to accomplish that.”
When asked about the upcoming season and the future, Kruk says, “I hope to build off the success we’ve had during my time as an assistant and keep all the players in great academic standing and help them be successful in life.”
Kruk played basketball for Potomac State College from 2003-05. He was a member of the 2004 Region XX championship team.
A resident of Keyser, Kruk holds an Associate of Arts degree from Potomac State and a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University. He also works as an admissions counselor in the WVU Potomac State College Office of Enrollment.