Team SoloMid part ways with Weldon Green

by Daniel Rosen Nov 26
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Team SoloMid have parted ways with coach and sports psychology trainer Weldon Green, the organization announced Saturday. Green will still work with TSM on a part-time basis for bootcamps.

"This decision was made based off the beneficial assistance he provided us in the Spring Split, and we hired him primarily to help develop our players as competitors and manage internal relations within the team," the statement reads. "As displayed in the summer, our team had achieved a great deal with Weldon on board; he functioned very well in facilitating out of game relationships between our players and helping them achieve and exceed their own boundaries."

While Green is no longer a full-time member of the organization, TSM also stated that they found his coaching methods worked best for short periods of time, and will continue to work with him when TSM has to bootcamp.

"Despite the positives of working with Weldon, we have decided to mutually part ways," the statement reads. "We found that working with him in short periods of time proved to be more effective and will instead continue to consult and work with him for bootcamps. We are extremely grateful for all the work he has put into helping the team, and the lessons he has taught us will still be applied in his absence. We wish Weldon the best in his future endeavors in esports, and hope to maintain a genial relationship with him."

TSM also took the opportunity to discuss some of the controversies that arose while Green worked with the team, specifically the remarks about Korean teams that caused an uproar within the community.

"Team SoloMid as an organization has always valued our bootcamps leading up to worlds in Korea, and we have always been extremely grateful to the top Korean teams that choose to scrim with us," TSM stated in their press release. "These scrims have traditionally been some of the best practice our team gets in the competitive season, and we always learn a great deal during these bootcamps. To shed further light on this topic, Samsung White in Season 4 was our primary scrim partner throughout Worlds, and they played a huge factor in our tournament run that year."

TSM went on to state that Green's prior statements on Korean bootcamps do not reflect TSM's stance on the matter.

TSM is now hiring a sports psychologist to replace Green for the 2017 season. Their requirements include a qualification or degree in psychology and a minimum four years of experience.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.