Gintaras Krapikas

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Gintaras Krapikas
Gintaras Krapikas by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Žalgiris Kaunas
Position Head coach
League Lithuanian Basketball League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1961-07-06) July 6, 1961 (age 53)
Kretinga, Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
Nationality Lithuanian
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Career information
Pro career 1985–1999
Career history
As player:
1985–1990 Žalgiris Kaunas
1995–1999 Tus Iserlohn (Germany)
As coach:
2000–2006 Žalgiris Kaunas (assistant)
2006–2008 Unics Kazan (assistant)
2008 Žalgiris (assistant)
2008–2009 Žalgiris
2010-2011 Nevėžis Kėdainiai
2011–2012 Azovmash Mariupol
2012 Unics Kazan (assistant)
2013-2014 Žalgiris (assistant)
2014-present Žalgiris
Career highlights and awards

Gintaras "Vytas" Krapikas (born July 6, 1961 in Kretinga, Lithuanian SSR, USSR) is a retired Lithuanian basketball player and current head coach of Žalgiris Kaunas. He was a member of the Lithuanian national team that won a bronze medal in Barcelona's 1992 Summer Olympics.

In 2000 he took a position as assistant basketball coach for Žalgiris; together with the head coach, Antanas Sireika, he stepped down from this position in 2006 when the coaching team was re-organized. From 2002 to 2005 he was an assistant coach for the Lithuanian national team. During the 1980s, while playing for Žalgiris, his jersey number was 9, and his position was small forward. From 2006 till 2008, he was assistant basketball coach for UNICS Kazan. Since 2008, he was the head coach of Žalgiris Kaunas. On December 18, 2009 he resigned from Žalgiris Kaunas head coach post. He also coached BC Nevėžis for a short time in the 2010-2011 season,and was the assistant and head coach for BC Azovmash in 2011-2012. He returned to UNICS Kazan in 2012. Before the 2013-2014 season, he came back to Žalgiris Kaunas as an assistant coach. He became head coach in April.

Awards/achievements[edit]

  • USSR League Champion - 1985, 1986, 1987
  • Intercontinental W. Jones Cup winner - 1986
  • Olympic Bronze medalist - 1992
  • European championship Silver medalist - 1995

Nickname[edit]

Gintaras Krapikas has an old nickname, which appeared during his tenure with Kaunas Žalgiris as an player. The nickname appeared due to his second name "Krapikas", which is a little bit similar to Lithuanian word "Krapai" (English: Dill) and at that time there was a famous dill farmer Vytas from Petrašiūnai.[1]

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