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Former Khimki Moscow Region and Rytas Vilnius head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis begins a new chapter in his coaching career.

The 62-year-old was officially announced as the head coach of the newly established Lithuanian club BC Wolves Vilnius.

According to the club's statement, Kurtinaitis agreed to a 1-year deal with an option to extend it for a further season.

"I've said many times that there's the first place and the rest of them are last ones," Kurtinaitis said in the official statement. "It does not mean that we will be first, but we'll try to finish as high as possible. I can promise that we will work hard and intensely."

As a head coach, Kurtinaitis won 3 EuroCup titles (2009 with Rytas, 2012 and 2015 with Khimki), became Lithuanian Basketball League champion twice (2009 and 2010), Lithuanian Cup champion twice (2009 and 2010), VTB United League champion (2011), and VTB United League Coach of the Yeat (2014).

Kurtinaitis' last job was with Khimki when he left the Russian club in January of 2021. At that time, Khimki had only 2 wins and 18 losses in the EuroLeague. Khimki finished the season with a record of 4-30.

As a player, Kurtinaitis became the Spanish league champion in 1994, but his biggest achievements came on the international stage, representing the Soviet Union and, later on, Lithuania.

He won the gold medal in Seoul Olympics in 1988 and two bronze medals with Lithuania (1992 and 1996). On top of that, he has one World Cup silver medal (1986), one gold medal (1985), one silver medal (1995), and one bronze medal (1989) in EuroBasket competitions.

Wolves are preparing for its inaugural season as a club and will compete in the Lithuanian Basketball league in the upcoming season. 

The Vilnius-based team also tried to get an invitation to the 7DAYS EuroCup and FIBA Champions League but eventually got accepted into the FIBA Europe Cup tournament.

Currently, the newly established club is yet to announce the first newcomer to the team, but Adas Juskevicius and Kristupas Zemaitis are expected to become the first signings of Wolves.

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