It’s been in the works for weeks and maybe even months, but on Thursday, it became official: The Utah men’s basketball program has signed coach Larry Krystkowiak to a five-year deal worth $7 million total.

The Tribune first reported Krystkowiak had agreed to a deal in principle on April 3, and the two sides were merely working out minor details before he signed a contract.

Since 2011-12 when the team won six games, Utah dramatically improved in each of Krystkowiak’s last two seasons of his three-year head coaching tenure. Last season, the Utes went 21-12 with an appearance in the NIT, its first postseason appearance since 2009.

Athletic director Chris Hill said he expects the upward trend to continue by locking up the team’s coach through the rest of the decade.

"We wouldn’t be agreeing to this unless we both felt the program was going in the right direction," he said. "We’ve been on the same page for months.