Alex "Xpecial" Chu will be relocating to Harrisburg, PA to take his coaching role for Harrisburg University to the next level. The former professional esports athlete began coaching the HU Storm League of Legends team remotely in January 2019.
Xpecial, whose career as a professional League of Legends Support player spanned nearly a decade, previously worked as a coach and analyst for Golden Guardians before accepting his position with Harrisburg University.
Xpecial led the HU Storm to a 6-0 regular season record in the 2019 East Conference. The Storm qualified for the 2019 East Conference Playoffs and swept Rochester Institute technology out of the quarterfinals before falling 3-1 to University of Western Ontario in the semifinals.
"This move is something that both HU and I wanted," Xpecial told Inven Global. "It's important for a coach to be the pillar that allows the players to talk about any issues in or out of game. Being remote made it incredibly difficult to have the same effect."
Xpecial's relocation won't change the parameters or priorities of his role, but the LoL Esports veteran is aware of the gravity the change in dynamic can have towards the development of the HU Storm and its players:
"As a collegiate coach, I have a mixture of players who either have played in a competitive setting or have only played in solo queue. I have the opportunity to guide those who haven't had an experienced coach but show the younger players what it takes to succeed as a team. My goal is to help the talent that is with me to become the best they can be."
More information on the collegiate League of Legends circuit can be found on the LoL Esports official website.