Kazlauskas, 57, became the team's head coach after signing a four-year contract with Arvydas Sabonis, president of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation. The contract will be valid until the end of Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.
Kazlauskas will replace Kęstutis Kemzūra who led the team in London Olympics, where the Lithuanian national team lost in quarterfinals and failed to join the world's four strongest basketball teams for the first time since Lithuania's independence.
Kazlauskas coached the Lithuanian national men's basketball team in 1997-2001, and the team won bronze at the Sydney Olympics. He left the national team after it failed to get into EuroBasket 2001 quarterfinals in Turkey.
Kazlauskas has coached the national teams of China and Greece and led them to win the Gold Medal at the Asian Games in 2006 and the Bronze Medal at the EuroBasket 2009.
Moreover, he has coached Žalgiris Kaunas, Lietuvos Rytas, Olympiacos Piraeus (Greece) and CSKA Moscow (Russia). Coached by Kazlauskas, Žalgiris Kaunas won the Euroleague 1998.
Last season, he worked with CSKA and was named the best coach of the Russian League of 2012. But the Russian club did not extend his contract following the loss to Olympiakos in Euroleague finals.