In February, 35-year-old razygryvaetsya Kristaps Valters came to the "Valmiera" as a player, but spent only two matches. The previous two season combined he was actively playing and coaching, working individually with young players.
The post of chief coach of "Valmiera" K. Valters changed the UVIS Helmanis, who worked one season. In 2016 Valmiera club under the leadership of Robert Stelmahers sensationally became the champion of Latvia and in the playoffs LBL-2017 reached the semi-finals.
Kristaps Valters — the son of a famous player of VEF Riga, between the USSR and the Latvian Valdis Valters and the younger brother of Sandis Valters. His professional career began at age 17 when the two seasons he played for "Broceni/LMT" under the guidance of his father. Then declarer 4 seasons with short breaks (Turkey, Greece) played in Riga "Skonto". In the fall of 2004 Valters finally moved abroad, where he spent 11 years playing in Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and Turkey.
The best stage in his career held in Spain for clubs ASV "Fuenlabrada", "Joventut" and Unicaja (Malaga). In Unicaja K. Valters achieved the highest results in his career in the Euroleague in 14 games on average spent on the floor for 20 minutes, scored 8.2 points and did 3 assists.
At the beginning of the season 14/15 he along with ex-center of the national team of Latvia Caspar Flounder has accepted the invitation of Riga "barons kvartals", but during the season moved to Turkey. In Turkey, "Turk Telekom" and he started the season 15/16, but due to injury season for him is ended prematurely and the contract, the parties decided not to renew. Health problems were at guard last season that prevented him to sign a contract with any club. Only in February of this year he was invited "Valmiera".
For the national team of Latvia K. Valters has taken part in four Campionato Europe (2001, 2003, 2005, 2009), after Eurobasket 2009 in the national team never played again.
In July last year, K. Valters and Flounder appealed to the public with an open letter in which told about the strangeness of picking the national team of Latvia. The letter was written two weeks after the completion of the key games for team Latvia in the Olympic qualifying tournament, where the team Ainars Bagatskis was defeated by team Puerto Rico (70:77) and lost the opportunity to go to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
Veterans of Latvian basketball celebrated "is very wishy-washy and weak game against a comfortable team Puerto Rico", and the cause turned out to be the solution "coaching staff". Looking accessory included in the squad of players to their agents, it was discovered that the young prospects in the team is Arthur Kalnietis. And flounders with the Valters have associations with the history of a decade ago in the Latvian football when the national team played only "pupils" Guntis Indrikson.
The Flounder and K. Valters recognized that they themselves have parted with the national team is not so, "as one would do patriots and professionals" (at the time, the players were disqualified from the Latvian basketball Union).