The Overwatch League’s Dallas Fuel announced the release of head coach Kyle “KyKy” Souder and the release of Korean DPS player Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim.
Souder served as the head coach for the Dallas Fuel in the inaugural season of the Overwatch League and previously coached the Team Envy roster in Overwatch Contendersand APEX.
Dallas Fuel assistant coach Emanuel “Peak” Uzoni was named Interim Head Coach, effective immediately. In addition, the Fuel have signed Kang “Vol’Jin” Min-Gyu of Meta Gaming in Korea to the coaching staff. Vol’Jin is expected to assume assistant coaching duties when he joins the team in Los Angeles in the coming weeks, following approval of his Visa. The Fuel expect to announce a new head coach within the next week as negotiations are ongoing with numerous candidates for the position.
“We will always appreciate Kyle’s commitment to this organization. He is a true competitor who coached our team through a great run and a Contenders championship;unfortunately, we have not replicated that championship level of success in the Overwatch League this season. While we recognize many of the challenges Kyle faced with the Dallas Fuel were beyond his control, there comes a time when change is necessary for the team to move forward and we felt that time is now,” said Mike Rufail, owner of the Dallas Fuel and Team Envy.
Rascal, a Korean DPS player acquired in a transfer from the London Spitfire earlier this season, was also released. Rascal had played with the Dallas Fuel throughout Stage 2 and appeared in two matches for the Fuel in Stage 3.
“We had hoped that Rascal could add flexibility to our DPS lineup on the team this season. Unfortunately, his commitment to the team did not meet our expectations and his unwillingness to communicate with the team while playing in recent matches became a large distraction,” said Rufail.