Avalla Joins The Overwatch League As First Female Coach
Posted 28th September 2018 By: Derpina    147 Views
Esports News – Kyoung Ey Molly “Avalla” Kim breaks gender barriers in competitive gaming as she joins the Overwatch League’s Washington, D.C team as an assistant coach—marking her arrival as the first woman coach in any professional esports organization. Her inclusion to the tournament brings diversity to a league that is still overwhelmingly male-dominated.
Avalla is a South Korean professional Overwatch player who currently holds the 78th rank in the Korean ladder. She was the former head coach of Frescia Gaming and responsible for pushing the team to join the top 16 of the Contenders Trials Korea season two. She also worked as an assistant coach with OpTic Academy (now GG Esports Academy) and Meta Bellum earlier this year.
Interestingly, Avalla was attending law school before joining the league. She decided to work as a full-time assistant coach and left law school. Despite the relatively young nature esports, she’s confident that she can do the job. From an exclusive interview last week, she shared some thoughts about this particular stage in her life: “there’s that saying, right? “If you love what you do then you will never have to work a single day in your life.” I think it’s really exactly that. Honestly for a semester in law school, I studied both Overwatch and law, and I liked them both equally. But then during summer break, I committed fully to Overwatch, and it was so fun. Watching scrims, giving feedback, going to the arena – I was really happy.”
About the D.C. team
Washington is the team that will soon represent Washington, D.C., USA in the upcoming Overwatch League. The team is owned and sponsored by the Washington Esports Ventures, a sports organization founded by Mark Ein, the owner of the Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis.
Apart from Avalla, Mikael “mkL” Skjønhaug is also joining the D.C team as a coaching staff. He previously worked with Avalla at OpTic Academy and was an analyst for Last Night’s Leftovers in their playoff run. Succeeding his career behind the arena, he was a player and coach for the European teams.
Avalla and Mkl will work together with head coach Kim “WizardHyeong” Hyeong-Seok and assistant general manager Kate “Kate” Mitchell to build the D.C team from the ground up. The official list of players completing the roster has not yet been released by the organization.