Grigas’ team going to Europe

Lithuanian coach Rimantas Grigas has replaced Anatoly Buyalsky as coach of the Belarusian national women’s basketball team

The search for a new head for the most successful Belarusian squad of recent years was launched by the Belarusian Basketball Federation in November 2011, when long-time coach Anatoly Buyalsky announced his departure.

The core achievements of the Belarusian women’s basketball team are linked to Buyalsky’s name: 2007 European Championship bronze, fourth place in the 2010 World Championship, and sixth place at the 2008 Olympics. However, after losing the 2011 European Championship, the Belarusian coach decided to resign.

After long discussions, the candidate from Lithuania (currently the assistant head coach of leading European women’s basketball club UGMK Yekaterinburg) was chosen. The contracts with 49 year old Grigas will last till the end of the summer. Moreover, it was agreed that Grigas would lead the team to the EuroBasket-2013 finals in France if they successfully qualify (matches are to be played in June-July).

“I’m pleased to have the chance to head the Belarusian national women’s basketball team. Coaching a national squad is an important project and I’m keen to help fulfil the ambitions of the players, the Federation, and fans. I’ll do my best to answer their expectations,” he asserts. Grigas will be assisted by Belarusian Andrey Vavlev.

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