One of North America’s most successful teams introduced a new look coaching staff ahead of the 2016 League of Legends season today.
Like their rivals Counter Logic Gaming, who won their first ever League Championship Series (LCS) title in the Summer in part due to their coaching infrastructure, Team SoloMid has opted to pull a head coach from the ranks of traditional sports and not esports.
The new head coach is KC Woods, 26, a man with more experience in basketball and baseball than in an esports server. Woods played basketball and baseball at a “nationally ranked” level, competing in baseball at Pepperdine University before an injury sidelined him. He decided that he wanted to continue in sports, so he became a personal pitching coach, helping players succeed at many levels.
“A lot of people believe that coaching is very theoretical, that you can just learn it from a book, but you actually have to really do it to understand it, what works for you and your personality,” he explained in the video reveal. Woods already has that experience and believes it will translate to esports.