Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Trifunovic and Maskoliunas to man the bench of Lietuvos Rytas

The coaching staff changes in Lietuvos Rytas camp, which began with the sacking of head coach Drazen Anzulovic, were completed on Monday with the signing of two new specialists.

Aleksandr Trifunovic will return to the side from Vilnius to take the head coach’s position while Darius Maskoliunas, who arrives from KK Kaunas, will be the Serb’s assistant.

A coaching staff like this is the best there is in the market at this point in time. Trifunovic knows the working environment in the club so he will not need to adjust to how everything works here. He is the best foreign specialist we could allow ourselves to invite. This is his second go with Lietuvos Rytas and I’m sure he’ll use it well,” said Jonas Vainauskas, the club’s General Manager.

Darius Maskoliunas was at the helm of Zalgiris Kaunas in the end of last season before being sacked in the midst of the Lithuanian league (LKL) finals series.

Maskoliunas is currently the best Lithuanian coach, who we were able to invite over to our club. His knowledge and experience both as a player and as a coach in Zalgiris, the time he spent in Euroleague, will help to build a great coaching tandem,” Vainauskas added.

As a result of the rotations amongst the coaches, the Latvian specialist and former Lietuvos Rytas player Roberts Stelmahers was sent to coach the club’s second team Perlas, the position he held last year.

Working with Perlas and finishing a three year period will be better for Robis himself, than just helping out a little for Lietuvos Rytas,” the General Manager of the club explained. “Everything is in its places now – all the changes were timely and correct. How correct? Only time can show, but this is the best I could have done now, under circumstances like this.”

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