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Feliksas Kriaučiūnas (Americanized his name as Phil Krause; born August 18, 1911 – October 28, 1977)[1] was a Lithuanian American basketball player and coach. He won two gold medals with Lithuania national basketball team and silver medal with Lithuania women's national basketball team.

Feliksas Kriaučiūnas
Feliksas Kriauciunas with Lithuania national team jersey.jpg
Feliksas Kriaučiūnas in the late 1930s
Personal information
Born(1911-08-18)August 18, 1911
Chicago, Illinois
DiedOctober 28, 1977(1977-10-28) (aged 66)
Chicago, Illinois
NationalityLithuanian / American
Listed height5 ft 11.4 in (1.81 m)
Listed weight178 lb (81 kg)
Career information


Feliksas studied and played for University of Notre Dame team, along with his brother Moose Krause. Later he moved to DePaul University and played for their university team. In 1935, along with other Lithuanian Americans, he started teaching Lithuanians how to play basketball. He was Lithuania national basketball team player-coach and team captain during EuroBasket 1937 and EuroBasket 1939.[2] As soon as World War II begun in 1939, Kriaučiūnas and his brother traveled back to the United States.[3] Kriaučiūnas played a total of 19 games, scoring 65 points. He also was the head coach of Lithuania women's national basketball team during the first ever women's EuroBasket in 1938 where Lithuania won silver medals. He also firmly contributed in developing nowadays basketball in Lithuania.

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  • Vidas Mačiulis, Vytautas Gudelis. Halė, kurioje žaidė Lubinas ir Sabonis. 1939–1989 – Respublikinis sporto kombinatas, Kaunas, 1989