The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), a non-profit organisation which governs college esports in North America, has announced that it is partnering up with Gamer Sensei.Partnering with Gamer Sensei will enable colleges and universities who are thinking of creating an esports team a better way to find the right coach for the team. Gamer Sensei is a competitive coaching platform that allows players to connect with professional players worldwide. The NACE will be educating member institutions about how the coaching platform from Gamer Sensei works all while providing NACE members preferred access and rates.Michael Brooks, Executive Director, NACE said in a following statement: “NACE is constantly looking for ways to streamline and accelerate the growth of varsity esports programs on college campuses across North America. One major area of struggle for our member colleges, and certainly those institutions looking to start an esports program, has been finding individuals with the skill and background to lead teams. The geographic growth of varsity esports has complicated staffing further as much of our growth is in the Midwest and East Coast of the U.S., though much of the professional expertise needed tends to be centralized on the West Coast. “This is partly why our partnership with Gamer Sensei is so exciting, in that it removes the geographical barriers separating individuals with the desire and ability to lead and grow teams with the institutions that are making the investment into esports for their students.”Ankith Harathi, Head of Growth, Gamer Sensei commented on the partnership between Gamer Sensei and NACE: “As more colleges look to get serious about esports, the timing could not be better for us to join forces with NACE. We’re excited to work closely with NACE and its member institutions with the goal of not just connecting more schools with our pool of the best esports coaches, but to also help them succeed in creating truly world-class esports programs at every level.” Esports Insider says: A perfect step for NACE to take up this partnership with Gamer Sensei. By allowing collegiate teams to handpick professional players as coaches will surely bring victory to many esports teams.
A little more than three years ago, Fred Hoiberg was a sought-after coaching property, with three seasons and 62 wins under his belt as coach of Iowa State, connections throughout the league (particularly in Chicago and Minnesota) and an NBA playing career that spanned 10 years and three teams.But after three full seasons and 24 games into his fourth, Hoiberg has been let go by the Bulls. It’s a disappointing end to his time as an NBA coach, for now at least. Hoiberg was supposed to be a hybrid of Steve Kerr and Brad Stevens, a heady NBA role player like Kerr who could bring some collegiate ball-movement principles to the evolving pro game, as Stevens had done. MORE: Jimmy Butler can see a future in PhiladelphiaInstead, Hoiberg never had a chance. Ask scouts, and Hoiberg would likely be named one of the worst coaches in the league. But he was set up for failure by the Bulls’ front office combo of Gar Forman (a Hoiberg friend) and John Paxson. Hoiberg was always a lost coach looking for direction from above. The Bulls never gave him a clear and consistent one, not until it was already too late. Hoiberg counted himself lucky when he first got the Bulls job.”A lot of coaches don’t walk into this,” he said at the time. “You don’t walk into a roster that has championship potential, that absolutely can compete at that level.”Back then, the Bulls — built around Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol — had won 50 games and were just weeks removed from having reached the conference semis, where they gave the Cavaliers a decent run before a Gasol injury dinged their chances.But that championship potential quickly disappeared, and it was soon evident that Hoiberg had walked into something much different than he’d thought.Rose was engulfed in controversy stemming from a rape charge, comments made about his free agency and surgery he would need on his eye socket before the season started. Noah broke down physically and played only 29 games. Butler publicly criticized Hoiberg’s coaching style just two months into his tenure, undermining his coach from the get-go.Chicago went 42-40, missed the playoffs and was rumored to be considering a new direction altogether — a full rebuild. The team was able to dump Rose to the Knicks, and was a hair’s breadth away from sending Butler to Minnesota on the night of the 2016 draft before the deal fell through.MORE: Derrick Rose wants to win Sixth Man of the YearThe decision to bring back Butler might well have sealed Hoiberg’s fate. If the Bulls had done what they should have — get young assets and give their bright young coach some bright young players to begin to mold — we’d have a better sense of how Hoiberg might fit as an NBA head coach.Instead, the Bulls piled onto the decision to keep Butler by bringing in renowned pain-in-the-ankle Rajon Rondo and veteran Dwyane Wade, yoking Hoiberg with three guards who don’t shoot particularly well and who never got along particularly well. Hoiberg had a set of headaches even the most seasoned coaches could not shake.It was only after the Bulls finished 41-41 and lost in the first round of the postseason that the franchise finally bought into a rebuilding plan. For Hoiberg, that was a year too late. He’d been scarred by his first two seasons in Chicago, his ability to maintain control of an NBA locker room already in question. The Bulls won 27 games last season, better than expected, and Hoiberg did a nice job teaching his offense and developing budding young star Lauri Markkanen. The young Bulls responded better to Hoiberg, and there was even a midseason 16-8 run, before the stretch-run tanking kicked in. After two seasons of tumult, Hoiberg was finally doing the job to which he is best suited: teacher and rebuilder. He might have continued that progress into this season, except that three expected starters — Markkanen, Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis — have been dealing with injuries and only played a combined six games.Little wonder the Bulls are off to a 5-19 start. No team could withstand the loss of three starters, but especially not one as young and thin as the Bulls.But the Bulls held out Hoiberg as the fall guy for the bad start. Of course, it’s not his fault. By shifting directions and, now, shifting blame, the Bulls had set him up for failure all along.
Mohamed Salah’s brace was followed by goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who also struck twice to leave Liverpool five up by the 68th minute.Liverpool let their guard down in the closing stages and Roma netted twice to give themselves a slender chance of a second-leg escape act in Italy.But Klopp admitted he couldn’t have hoped for a more dynamic display from his team.“It was the perfect performance for pretty much 80 minutes. We made defensively one mistake, then their penalty is not a penalty but that is the situation and now it is 5-2,” he said.“Of course we would have been more happy with 5-0 or 5-1 but 5-2 is a fantastic result. We go there and try again.“It is absolutely better than I thought before the game.”Following Klopp’s game-plan, Liverpool exploited Roma’s creaky defence as Salah and Mane ran them ragged with their pace and movement.“We had all these runs behind, it changed the game completely and they couldn’t cope with that. We scored these goals and could have scored more,” Klopp said.“That is all positive, at this moment it doesn’t feel all positive because they scored these two goals but tomorrow I will see the really good part of the game.”Aside from Roma’s late double, the only problem for Klopp on a memorable evening was the injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that saw him carried off in the first half.“Oxlade-Chamberlain is probably a really bad injury,” Klopp said.“That is bad news for us. The squad doesn’t get bigger at the moment so we need to be creative in the next few games.”Although Liverpool fans will be dreaming of a final showdown with Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, their players are well aware Roma staged a stunning fightback to eliminate Barcelona in the quarter-finals.The Italians lost the first leg 4-1, but won 3-0 in Rome to go through on away goals.Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admitted there was frustration at letting Roma back into it and he warned his team-mates not to let down their guard in the return leg.“It felt as though we were in full control but we basically gave them two goals, you can’t do that in the Champions League,” he said.“At the same time we played well, we will go there with a three-goal advantage.“Overall we have got to stay positive. We knew it would not be easy here, we know it will not be easy there.“It will be a challenge but one we will look forward to and one we will hopefully finish them off.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp (R) applauds the Liverpool fans along with James Milner after Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg win over Roma © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 25 – Jurgen Klopp saluted Liverpool’s “fantastic” 5-2 demolition of Roma on Tuesday as the Reds manager soaked up a Champions League semi-final first leg goal spree that was beyond his expectations.Klopp’s side are within touching distance of the final after crushing Roma at Anfield.