November 4, 2021 (TORONTO, CANADA // MADRID, SPAIN) – MAD Lions, OverActive Media's (TSXV:OAM) professional League of Legends franchise, today announced contract renewals for all four of its coaches. The renewals follow MAD Lions’ most successful season to date, recently completing their journey at the 2021 League of Legends World Championship as the top European team. According to Esports Charts, MAD Lions’ Quarterfinal match at the World Championship reached 2,293,140 peak viewers.
The MAD Lions coaches include:
- Head Coach James "Mac" MacCormack (renewed through November 2023)
- Strategic Coach Christophe "Kaas" van Oudheusden (renewed through November 2022)
- Head of Player Development Patrick "Pad" Suckow-Breum (renewed through November 2023)
- Analyst Carlos "Aagie" Carpio Cuenca (renewed through November 2023)
Through the collective strength of its coaching staff, MAD Lions plan to build on the momentum established in 2021 and defend their back-to-back League of Legends European Championship (LEC) wins. Head Coach James “Mac” MacCormack has been an instrumental part of the team since 2018, promoted to his current position in 2020. The same year he won the coach of the split award twice while leading a mostly rookie roster, and this year is up for Esports Coach of the Year at the Esports Awards taking place on November 20. A previous EULCS Pro Player, Strategic Coach Christophe “Kaas” van Oudheusden has quickly developed into a key pillar of the coaching staff, continuously advancing the team and contributing to its positive culture.
“MAD Lions recently wrapped their most successful season to date. As back-to-back split champions and advancing to the Quarterfinals at the League of Legends World Championship, the team showed immense progress, really hitting their stride in 2021,” said Adam Adamou, Chief Strategy Officer, OverActive Media. “Being able to continue with the same coaching staff who have had such a positive impact on the team puts us in a prime position as we begin planning for next year.”
Joining MAD Lions at the start of the 2021 season, Patrick “Pad” Suckow-Breum has transitioned from Assistant Coach to Head of Player Development. Together with the team’s analyst Carlos “Aagie” Carpio Cuenca, he refined MAD Lions’ scouting approach. Beyond his work for the LEC team, Patrick will be responsible for long-term player development across the entire League of Legends department, including the Academy team. Meanwhile, Carlos has made a significant impact on team systems and approaches through data-driven insights and the creation of new tools that help inform players on in-game strategies.
“I’m thrilled to continue working with MAD Lions alongside such a talented group of coaching staff. I consider myself extremely lucky to have worked with everyone inside the organization, from players, to support staff, to upper management – I’m truly grateful for our journey together over the past two years,” said Head Coach James “Mac” MacCormack. “Looking ahead, we strive to make our fans and community proud by continuing to grow and thrive within the LEC, and in doing so, deliver unforgettable experiences and moments that have become synonymous with MAD Lions.”
MAD Lions have officially begun their offseason, with the 2022 season scheduled to kick off on January 14.
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