Darius Maskoliūnas

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Darius Maskoliūnas
Darius Maskoliunas (2007).JPG
Darius Maskoliūnas in 2007
Žalgiris Kaunas
Position Assistant coach
League Lithuanian Basketball League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1971-01-06) January 6, 1971 (age 46)
Jonava, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Lithuanian
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
Playing career 1992–2005
Position Point guard
Career history
As player:
1992–1999 Žalgiris Kaunas
1999–2003 Prokom Trefl Sopot
2003 Ilisiakos
2003–2005 Prokom Trefl Sopot
As coach:
2007–2009 Žalgiris Kaunas (assistant)
2009–2010 Žalgiris Kaunas
2010 Baltai Kaunas
2010–2011 Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (assistant)
2011 Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
2011–2012 Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (assistant)
2012–2013 Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
2013–2015 Trefl Sopot
2015–present Žalgiris Kaunas (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

As coach:

Darius Maskoliūnas (born January 6, 1971) is a Lithuanian professional basketball coach, former player, and politician. He is currently the assistant coach for Žalgiris Kaunas.

Biography[edit]

Maskoliūnas graduated from the first secondary school in Jonava.

Lithuanian national team[edit]

Maskoliūnas was a member of the Lithuanian national team which won bronze medals at the 2000 Olympic Games.

Maskoliūnas works as a coach, and had worked as both assistand and head coach with BC Žalgiris and arch-rival BC Lietuvos Rytas. His stint at Žalgiris ended in controversy, as he was fired during the 2010 LKL final series by then owner Vladimir Romanov. He signed with BC Lietuvos Rytas next season, first as an assistant, but became head coach in April 2011 after coach Aleksandar Trifunović was fired. After the season, he once again became an assistant, this time to Aleksandar Džikić. In October 2012, after Džikić was fired, he became head coach again, but was shockingly fired by Lietuvos Rytas in March 2013.

Nickname[edit]

Darius Maskoliūnas has an old nickname "Švarcas", which appeared during his tenure with Kaunas Žalgiris as a player. When he joined Žalgiris, he was extremely skinny point guard and due to his second name Maskoliūnas, which is a little bit similar to English word "Muscules", he got nickname of "Švarcas" (Arnold Schwarzenegger).[1]

Awards[edit]

  • 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 LKL champion
  • 1998 winner of European cup
  • 1999 NEBL champion
  • 1999 Euroleague champion
  • 2000, 2001 winner of Polish Cup
  • 2001 winner of Polish Supercup
  • 2000 2000 Olympic Games bronze medalist
  • 2003 FIBA Champion Cup vicechampion
  • 2003 Polish vicechampion
  • 2004, 2005 Polish champion
  • 2007, 2008, 2016 LKL champion (assistant coach)
  • 2010 Baltic Basketball League champion (head coach)
  • 2017 King Mindaugas Cup champion (assistant coach)

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