The London Spitfire have announced the departure of head coach Kwang-bok "Coach815" Kim. The South Korean coach had been signed to the position in September of last year. The organization has not announced a replacement at this time. Under Coach815’S lead, the team is currently sitting at a 12-9 match score at the 7th place in the regular season rankings of the Overwatch League.
Coach815 was brought on by former General Manager of the London Spitfire, Susie Kim. Prior to joining the Spitfire, Coach815 made a name for himself as a coach in several other esports titles such as Starcraft: Broodwar, Starcraft 2, Heroes of the Storm and as a coach for South Korean APEX and Contenders team MVP Space in Overwatch.
Match notifications, latest esports news, and more. Get the Upcomer app now.
The pickup of Coach815 was initially met with some criticism from the community. Overwatch League caster and analyst Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles defended the signing in a video essay on his YouTube channel. In his opinion, the coaching veteran was brought on to create structure within the team that had been lacking during the inaugural season for the British champions.
The Spitfire will have to find their fourth head coach since the creation of the organization in 2017. Initially, Beom-joon "Bishop" Lee had led the team to a stage 1 playoffs victory in the inaugural season before having to depart from the Spitfire for personal reasons. Afterwards Chang-geun "changgoon" Park had taken over the head coach duty but left for the Seoul Dynasty shortly after the season ended.