Gintaras Krapikas resigned as Zalgiris Kaunas head coach on Friday, the club announced on its web site. One day after the team dropped its seventh straight Euroleague game at Regal FC Barcelona, Krapikas decided to step down. Darius Maskoliunas takes over head coaching duties on an interim basis and assistant coach Gvidonas Markevicius remains with the club. Krapikas, 48, took over the head coaching duties at Zalgiris shortly before the start of the 2008-09 season. In a season-and-a-half with Zalgiris, he amassed a 3-15 record in the Euroleague and guided the team to the finals in both the Lithuanian League and Baltic League. This season Zalgiris was in first place in both leagues as of the time of his resignation, but had its back to the wall in Group A of the Euroleague with a 1-7 record. Zalgiris must win both its remaining games to have a chance at reaching the Top 16. His resignation ends a 17-year relationship with the club, which he served as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
"Recently, the results have not satisfied myself nor Zalgiris fans or management," Krapikas said. "I've lost a few important games in a row. I assume full responsibility and resigned. In spite of everything, Zalgiris has a chance to reach the next phase in the Euroleague, and being faithful to Zalgiris, I hope the team can make it. The short break from the competition should allow the team to fight."S