Another European is moving to North America as Joey “Youngbuck” Steltenpool has joined North American LCS team Enemy Esports as the team's head coach
“I feel like it’s a big challenge to not only move from player to coach, but also from Europe to North America," Youngbuck said in a press release. "I’m very excited to prove to myself, and to the community that I am capable of coaching at the highest level.”
Earlier this year, Youngbuck resigned from the Copenhagen Wolves, citing that the awful atmosphere he experienced was not going to change soon.
Youngbuck brings a breadth of competitive experience to the table, having played with the Copenhagen Wolves for over two years. He was, however, constantly criticized for his poor performance during the latter part of his career.
It remains to be seen if Youngbuck can post better results as a head coach than as a player, but Enemy believes that his leadership experience will transition well into the coaching role.
So far, it seems things are going well.
“I've met the team already and they’re incredibly friendly, hardworking, and receptive to criticism," he said. "My goal is to coach them to a 3-0 victory in relegations before taking the LCS stage once again."
Enemy finished their debut split in ninth place, only one game ahead of a Team Dragon Knights team that was plagued with visa issues.
Due to their placing, Enemy will not be able to choose their opponent in their relegation matches and the Youngbuck coached squad will have to fight against one of the more difficult Challenger Series teams.
Nilu Kulasingham is a staff writer for the Score eSports. You can follow him on Twitter. He likes Umbreons.