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Rimas Kurtinaitis

Rimas Kurtinaitis

  • Date of Birth

    May 15th, 1960

  • Place of Birth

    Kaunas, Lithuanian

Basketball profile

  • Position: Head coach
  • Nationality: Lithuanian
  • Club Name: Lietuvos rytas
Lietuvos rytas


In 1997, Kurtinaitis was named to the Lithuanian Ministry of Sport. In the years 2002–2006, he took the position of head coach of the Azerbaijan national basketball team. Also from 2002 to 2006, he was a player for four seasons with BC Gala Baku, working as a player-coach.[2]

He became Sakalai's head coach during the mid-2000s. In December 2007, he became the head coach of the Polish League men's basketball team Śląsk Wrocław. In 2008, he became head coach of Lietuvos Rytas with whom, he won the Eurocup 2008–09 season's title, in the Final-Eight tournament in Turin (Torino), Italy, in a game against Khimky Moscow Region (Final score 80–74).

In 2012, Kurtinaitis won the Eurocup again, this time with Khimki. As of 2015, he is the only coach to win the Eurocup three times. On June 21, 2012, Rimas Kurtinaitis was named the best Eurocup coach of all time. On March 15, 2016, Khimki parted ways with Kurtinaitis.

On August 2, 2016, Kurtinaitis become the head coach of Pallacanestro Cantù of Italian Serie A. However, on November 30, he was fired from the team.

Kurtinaitis agreed to return to Lietuvos rytas on February 10, 2017 following resignation of Tomas Pačėsas


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