Khimki fires coach Kurtinaitis

Khimki Moscow Region announced that it has agreed with Lithuanian coach Rimas Kurtinaitis to terminate his contract.

Khimki lost its 12th straight game on Thursday against Anadolu Efes Istanbul and is last in the standings with a 2-18 record. It is the worst record in the history of the new Euroleague format.

Kurtinaitis, 60, is one of the most accomplished coaches in club history. He has spent parts of eight seasons with the club, including five in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, during which Kurtinaitis has led the club to a 40-58 record.

In his first stint with the club, from 2011 to 2016, Rimas Kurtinaitis led Khimki to 7DAYS EuroCup titles in 2012 and 2015. He also won the VTB United League with Khimki in 2011.

Kurtinaitis is the only coach to win the EuroCup three times; he previously lifted the trophy with Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in 2009. He started his second stint with Khimki in January 2019. Khimki also announced that Andrey Maltsev steps in as interim head coach.

Rimas Kurtinaitis

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

You must be logged in to post a comment Login