Zalgiris Kaunas has tabbed an up-and-coming coach for the future by making Martin Schiller the head of its bench for the next two seasons, the club announced Tuesday. Schiller arrives at Zalgiris from G-League club Salt Lake City Stars, which he coached to a 30-12 record in 2019-20, being named the G-League's coach of the year. Schiller was born in Austria and moved to Germany when he was 10 years old. The 38-year-old Schiller, who also possesses a British passport, was an assistant coach at Artland Dragons of Germany from 2010 until 2015 and then held the same position for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg from 2015 until 2017 after which he moved to the United States to become head coach of the Utah Jazz's G-League team. Schiller also served as assistant coach of the German national team under Chris Fleming at EuroBasket 2015. Schiller will be replacing Sarunas Jasikevicius, who left Zalgiris to become the new head coach as FC Barcelona.
"I'm extremely excited to become the new head coach in Kaunas. I'm very thankful and very honored to coach this club with so much tradition. The work that has been done with Zalgiris in the last couple of years has been very good, and I want to keep pushing the program, keep pushing ahead. I'm looking forward to being part of the journey," Schiller said.
"Martin is still young, but he has already amassed quite a bit of knowledge. He ticked off all of our boxes. His vision suits our club's values. As we talked to the coach, we saw how ambitious he is and our view on the job completely connected. We think that with this coach we can continue growing as an organization," Zalgiris director Paulius Motiejunas added.