Brose Bamberg has a new head coach. The nine-time German champion has given Ainars Bagatskis a two-year contract. The 51-year-old Latvian was last coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv and also coached his country's national team.
Ginas Rutkauskas: "I know Ainars for over 15 years. We have already worked together very successfully in Kaunas. He has proven that he can develop players. Not least as Latvian national coach. We have incredibly talented players in our squad and ProA. We want the cooperation and networking between Brose and the Young Pikes to become even more intensive. We will give junior players playing time at the highest national and European level. Ainars is just the man for it."
Ainars Bagatskis: "I am looking forward to the challenge. These were very pleasant conversations and it soon became clear to me: I want to work here. Of course, it's not an easy time right now. Brose has been Germany's figurehead for years. To get back there, we have to work hard from day one. That'll be our medicine. I am a modern coach who values fast, aggressive, but also very smart basketball. I like the European style in combination with American elements. My goal is for Brose fans to see this kind of basketball. We want a good mix of experienced and young players to make this possible."
Ainars Bagatskis was born on March 29, 1967. At the age of 17 he got his first professional contract with VEF Riga. Until 2006 he was active as a player, winning nine championship titles in three countries. He also played in the Latvian national team for 14 years and participated in four European championships. He also had his first coaching station in Latvia with Barons Riga. Most recently he coached Maccabi Tel Aviv. There he won the Israeli Cup. From 2011 to 2017 he was also coach of the Latvian national team.