SK Telecom T1 has further strengthened its 2019 LCK team with the addition of former Afreeca Freecs coach Lee “Zefa” Jae-min, the team announced earlier today.
Zefa is the second coach SKT has signed this season, following Kim “Fly” Sang-chul, who was formerly the coach of Jin Air Green Wings. Zefa spent the 2018 season as part of Afreeca’s coaching staff, working under head coach Choi “iloveoov” Yeon-sung.
Over the course of 2018, Zefa earned many accolades. Zefa helped Afreeca reach the 2018 LCK Spring Split finals and qualify for the 2018 World Championships, both feats the Organization had never accomplished. Zefa was also picked to be one of the two coaches leading team Korea for the 2018 Asian Games.
Zefa and Fly’s signing come after the departure of SKT’s former coaches Bae “Bengi” Seong-woong, and Lee “PoohManDu” Jeong-hyeon. While PoohManDu is currently in search of coaching opportunities elsewhere, Bengi has left to start his mandatory military service.
Zefa, Fly, and famed head coach Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun will be leading a totally revamped SKT roster in 2019. In November SKT signed six new players, including former KINGZONE DragonX top laner Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, and former KT Rolster support Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong.
These changes come after SKT’s disastrous 2018 season, ending the summer out of playoff contention in seventh, the organization’s worst ever placing.