Late last night the Dallas Fuel announced the release of their Head Coach Kyle “KyKy” Souder, as well as recently acquired Korean DPS Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim.
Coach Kyle Souder and DPS Player Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim have been released from the Dallas Fuel:https://t.co/SzLWUlXHZC
— Dallas Fuel (@DallasFuel) April 16, 2018
Owner Mike “Hastr0” Rufail announced the change and spoke on KyKy’s competitive nature. Rufail acknowledged that the Fuel’s lack of success wasn’t entirely in KyKy’s fault, but the organization felt releasing the veteran coach was the right decision moving forward.
“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.
As for Rascal, apparently communication issues proved the Korean incompatible with the Fuel organization.
“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,” added Rufail.
Assistant Coach Emanuel “Peak” Uzoni was named interim Head Coach in replacement of KyKy, and the Fuel have also announced the signing of Kang “Vol’Jin” Min-Gyu of Meta Gaming. Vol’Jin will assume assistant coaching duties when he joins the team in Los Angeles, pending visa approval. The Fuel are expected to announce a new head coach within the next week, and are said to be in negotiations with numerous candidates.