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The Minnesota RØKKR are adding to their coaching staff for the 2022 Call of Duty League season. The organization announced Friday that former professional player Danny “Loony” Loza is joining the staff. It’s currently unclear what exact role Loony will have on the staff, as the RØKKR already have two other coaches. The Head Coach is Brian “Saintt” Baroska and the Director of Esports Strategy is Jake “REPPIN” Trobaugh. Loony will likely serve as an analyst on the squad, as he has years of experience competing in Call of Duty.
Minnesota RØKKR sign Loony for 2022
— Danny (@Loony) October 1, 2021
Loony is coming off a second consecutive season in which he was benched by the team he signed with. In 2020, he was benched early on by the Toronto Ultra, a move that has seemingly paid off for the organization. Then, after becoming a free agent for 2021, he signed with the Seattle Surge and former teammate Sam “Octane” Larew. While the team had more than enough passion, this didn’t translate to wins, and Loony was subsequently benched again.
After the 2021 Call of Duty League season concluded, Loony made the announcement he was looking for a “coaching opportunity” for the 2022 season. After his benching in back-to-back seasons, it seems Loony realized the writing was on the wall. This is a move several former pros have made in the last few years, fellow Minnesota RØKKR coach Saintt included.
The addition of Loony gives the Minnesota RØKKR one of the strongest coaching staffs in the CDL. They’re also one of a few organizations to field three different coaches. The coaching tandem of Saintt and REPPIN proved last year they can produce a winning squad, as Minnesota took home the Stage 5 Major. Adding Loony to the mix and keeping the same roster in 2022 should only aid Minnesota’s efforts to remain a top team in the league.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.