Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar has brought back two-time 7DAYS EuroCup champion Evgeny Pashutin to heads its bench for the rest of the season, the club announced on Monday. Pashutin, 50, replaces Bogdan Maraicic, who had won his only game after replacing Luca Banchi. Lokmotiv has a 2-5 record in Group B of the EuroCup Regular Season and still holds its destiny in its hands to reach the Top 16. Pashutin led Lokomotiv to its first and only EuroCup title in 2013, two years after he had done the same with UNICS Kazan. He was also a two-time EuroLeague champion as an assistant coach with CSKA Moscow, in 2006 and 2008. He also led UNICS to the EuroLeague Playoffs in 2012 before joining Lokomotiv for two seasons. All told he has coached those two clubs for four seasons in the EuroCup, compiling a record of 47-12. He has coached them four more seasons in the EuroLeague, as well as one at the helm of CSKA, for an overall record of 52-48. Pashutin led CSKA to the 2010 Final Four, as well. Pashutin last coaches for Avtodor Saratov of Russia and Pallacanestro Cantu.
"Lokomotiv Kuban is a team with a long history and excellent fans who are very fond of basketball and are rightfully considered one of the best in Russia," Pashutin said. "I will do my best to achieve a result. I look forward to starting work, we will try together to make Loko play aggressively, efficiently and win as much as possible!"