Ainars Bagatskis

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Ainars Bagatskis
Bagatskis as the Budivelnyk Kiev head coach in October 2013
Brose Bamberg
Position Head coach
League Basketball Bundesliga
Personal information
Born (1967-03-29) 29 March 1967 (age 51)
Riga, Latvian SSR, USSR
Nationality Latvian
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 1989 / Undrafted
Playing career 1985–2006
Position Small forward
Coaching career 2005–present
Career history
As player:
1985–1987 VEF Rīga
1987–1991 ASK Rīga
1991–1992 Princips
1992–1993 Bergen Gimle
1993–1994 Brocēni
1994–1995 Rīgas Laiks
1995–1998 Brocēni
1998–1999 Ericsson Bobry Bytom
1999–2000 Hoop Pekaes Pruszków
2000–2001 JDA Dijon
2001–2003 Ventspils
2003–2004 Evraz
2004–2005 Žalgiris Kaunas
2005–2006 Barons Rīga
As coach:
2005–2006 Barons Rīga
2006 Žalgiris Kaunas
2007–2009 Valmiera
2009–2010 Enisey
2011 Sukhumi
2011–2012 Kryvbas
2012–2014 Budivelnyk
2014–2016 Nizhny Novgorod
2016 Darüşşafaka (assistant)
2016–2017 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2011–2017 Latvia
Career highlights and awards

As a player

As a coach:

Ainars Bagatskis (born 29 March 1967) is a Latvian former professional basketball player and coach, who currently works as the head coach of Brose Bamberg. He also was a head coach of the senior Latvian national basketball team.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

During his club playing career, Bagatskis played at the small forward position.

Latvian national team[edit]

Bagatskis was a member of the senior Latvian national basketball team, from 1992 to 2006. With Latvia, he played in four EuroBasket tournaments.

Coaching career[edit]

Bagatskis began his coaching career in the 2005–06 season, while playing his last season of professional basketball with Barons Rīga, where he stayed for one season. In 2006, he had a short stint as a head coach in one of the greatest Lithuanian teams, Žalgiris Kaunas. Since 2007, he worked as a head coach in several teams, including Valmiera, until 2009, the Russian team Yenisey Krasnoyarsk, in the 2009–10 season, Sukhumi, and Kryvbasbasket, until 2012.

In June 2012, he became the head coach of the Ukrainian team Budivelnyk Kyiv.[1] He stayed with them for two seasons, winning the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague two times with them, in 2013 and 2014. In the 2013–14 season, his team made its first EuroLeague appearance in the club's history.

On 1 July 2014, he signed a one-year contract to become the head coach of the Russian team Nizhny Novgorod.[2] Nizhny Novgorod ended their season in the VTB United League, after being eliminated by CSKA Moscow, with 3–0 series sweep, in the League's semifinals series.

On 18 June 2016, he signed a two-year contract to become an assistant coach of David Blatt's, with the Turkish club Darüşşafaka.[3]

On December 24, 2016, Bagatskis became the head coach of the Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv.[4]

On 16 May 2017, he parted ways with Maccabi Tel Aviv.[5]

On 30 June 2018, he signed with Brose Bamberg of the Basketball Bundesliga.[6]

National team[edit]

Following the departure of Kęstutis Kemzūra, in February 2010, he became a team selector for the senior Latvian national basketball team.[7] So far, his team made two EuroBasket appearances, at the EuroBasket 2011, in Lithuania, and at the EuroBasket 2013, in Slovenia.

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.


2003–04 Žalgiris 12 9 24.0 .386 .404 .900 2.6 .8 .6 .0 9.5 7.0
2004–05 17 0 12.5 .424 .426 .882 .9 .4 .4 .0 5.5 3.7
Career 29 9 17.5 .406 .414 .894 1.6 .6 .4 .0 7.2 5.1

Coaching record[edit]

G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the team played during the season. He also coached in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.


Team Year G W L W–L% Result
Žalgiris 2005–06 1 0 1 .400 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Žalgiris 2006–07 14 2 12 .143 Eliminated in regular season
Budivelnyk 2013–14 10 2 8 .200 Eliminated in regular season
Nizhny Novgorod 2014–15 24 8 16 .333 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Maccabi 2016–17 16 5 11 .313 Eliminated in regular season
Career 74 21 53 .284


  1. ^ "Bagatskis stoja prie "Budivelnyk" vairo". (in Lithuanian) (6 June 2012). Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Nizhny Novgorod appoints Bagatskis as boss". (1 July 2014). Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Darüşşafaka Doğuş's new assistant coach is Ainars Bagatskis". 18 June 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Ainars Bagatskis parted ways with Maccabi Tel Aviv
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Noviks, Māris (3 February 2010). "LBS valde apstiprina Bagatski, sieviešu izlasi vadīs ārzemnieks". (in Latvian). Retrieved 12 April 2015. 

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