Lietuvos rytas reached an agreement with head coach Marcelo Nicola who replaced Virginijus Seskus. Argentinian signed contract with Vilnius team until the end of the 2014-15 season.
Nicola was selected 50th overall in the 1993 NBA Draft, but remained in Europe and won the Saporta Cup in 1996 with Taugres, the team in which he made his debut in the Spanish ACB League. He played his best basketball for Benetton Treviso, with which he lifted another Saporta Cup trophy in 1999, and he was selected to the All-Euroleague Second Team for the Euroleague 2001-02 season. He also made it to the Euroleague 2002-03 final game.
Nicola was a member of the Argentine national basketball team. With the junior national team of Argentina, he played at the 1993 FIBA Under-21 World Championship. With Argentina’s senior men’s national team, he played at the 1994 FIBA World Championship, the 1996 Olympics, and the 1998 FIBA World Championship.
In 2012, Nicola started his coach career as assistant coach in Liga ACB team UCAM Murcia. In 2014, after the sacking of Oscar Quintana, he was named the head coach of the team.