The Houston Outlaws have announced that they have released both head coach Tae-yong “TaiRong” Kim and assistant coach Hyun-woo “HyunWoo” Kim from their coaching staff. Houston finished 16th this season, with a final match record of 9-19 and a -22-map differential.
Both TaiRong and HyunWoo have known each other for quite some time, and have worked together since 2016. They started out as coaches for the APEX team Afreeca Freecs, landing 2nd place in the grand finals of Season 1 and 3rd in Season 3. After a crushing defeat in the APAC Premier in 2017, TaiRong and HyunWoo joined the Houston Outlaws. The team started off great, landing themselves a spot in the very first Stage Playoffs, only to be defeated in the first match. The team continued on quite successfully, however they fell just short of making the season playoffs, finishing at 4th place.
We appreciate all their hard work and dedication over the past two seasons.
Though our journey with them may be over, we know their futures are extremely bright. pic.twitter.com/HQyrxBeIzI
— Houston Outlaws (@Outlaws) September 20, 2019
With new teams and new players arriving in the League, nobody was sure of what to expect from the Outlaws. Sadly, things did not go as smoothly as they did last season, and the Outlaws placed low in the season standings.
TaiRong and HyunWoo have the experience and knowledge to lead a team to victory, so it will be interesting to see where they end up next. As for the Outlaws, it will be intriguing to see who takes the coaching role in time for Season 3.
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