|06 March 2012|
|41-year-old Vasily Karasev terminated his illustrious playing career at Triumph in 2009 and started coaching the club's reserves team the same year |
Triumph Lyubertsy's EuroChallenge campaign has been a true roller-coaster ride.
The Russian side produced the biggest surprise of the 2012 season so far by coming back from the brink of elimination and clinching a ticket to the Quarter-Final Play-Offs.
Triumph lost all three of their first games in the Last 16 and looked as if they would be lucky to just avoid finishing last in Group L.
They staged a great comeback though, won the remaining three games and managed to overcome both Antwerp Giants and Pinar Karsiyaka in the race for second place in the group.
Much of this success has been up to Vasily Karasev who took the reins of the team in December, after head coach Valdemaras Chomicius went on sick leave with a heart problem.
Karasev had started the season as an assistant to Chomicius and was named acting head coach in the intervening period.
Now Triumph players can be sure that the former Russia international will be in the driving seat in the play-off series against Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada.
That is because Chomicius has agreed terms and will be coaching Ukrainian side Dnipro for the remainder of the season.
Chomicius will be replacing Denys Zhuravlov, who had been at the helm of the Dnepropetrovsk club for the last three seasons.
The Lithuanian legend, an assistant to Kestutis Kemzura in the national team, had signed with Triumph in the summer of 2010.
He had previously worked at fellow Russian clubs Unics Kazan, Ural Great and Dynamo Moscow.