With over a decade in coaching experience Rolandus Barkus is the head coach of the Men’s Division 1 BC Wolves has been a significant figure with the Academy this year. Rolandus took some time away from coaching to answer a few questions.
What is your coaching qualification?
I am have an Intro Level Coach qualification and am awaiting the next Level one course.
How long have you been coaching?
I got my first team in Lithuania when I was 18 year old, so 10 years in total.
Which teams/clubs have you coached in the past?
In Lithuania ”Legionieriai”
In Northern Ireland: Armagh ”Bisons” and ”Bc Wolves”
Did you play basketball – if so who for?
In Northern Ireland I have played for ”Dungannon Cavaliers”, Tyrone ”Towers”, Armagh ”Bisons”, and current ”Bc Wolves”.
Any moments that stand out/funny stories?
In Lithuania I had the experience to play and watch players who played in Olympics, Euroleague and other high profile leagues around the Europe and I learned alot from them as a teenager…Funny moment? When i got dunked by Euroleague champion Tomas Masiulis and still stayed happy because I got dunked by HIM :)
If you weren’t involved with basketball what would you be doing?
Trying to invent the game of basketball :)
What was your 5 minutes of fame moment?
Every season you can get few ”5 Minutes of fame” when raise a trophy over your head.
Not many people know this about me but…
When my team loses a match I always blame myself…