Earlier today, It was announced that Washington, D.C Overwatch Team will be making Blizzard’s Overwatch League (OWL) history by hiring assistant coach Kyoung Ey Molly “AVALLA” Kim. She will be the first-ever female coach to be at the highest level of the Overwatch League. In the same press release, Mikael “mkL” Skjønhaug will also be joining the team as an analyst. The only other coaching staff currently announced for the unnamed team is Hyeong-soek “WizardHyeong” Kim who has joined the team after an extremely successful season with the New York Excelsior.
Kim has been involved in Overwatch League at every level now, she started her Overwatch career in the Open Divison where she served as the head coach of Frescia Gaming. After finishing top 16 in season one with the team, they qualified for the Contenders Trials Korea season two. Following her stint with Frescia Gaming, she has worked with both OpTic Academy and Meta Bellum in their North American and Korean Contender seasons as an assistant coach.
After spending one season in open divison, NA Contenders, and KR Contenders, I am finally here at @overwatchleague . As far as I know, I think I am the first female coach to make it here. Will work hard. I gave up law school to coach here 🤓
— AVALLA 아바라 (@avalla_ow) September 20, 2018
AVALLA also has worked in mkL in the past with her time at Optic Academy, where he worked as an analyst. Skjønhaug had the opportunity to serve as an analyst for Last Night’s Leftovers which is a North American Contenders team that was previously managed by Kate Mitchell who is Washington D.C’s current general manager.
Kim joins a very small roster of female talent in the Overwatch League. Currently, only Geguiri, a Tank player for the Shanghai Dragons is the only female player in the Overwatch League. There is potential for that to change in the upcoming weeks as six new teams have joined the OWL and are required to have eight players on their roster before December 1st, 2018.
“I’m happy to have AVALLA and mkL join the coaching staff. They bring international experience and a great work ethic. Together, we’re well on our way to building the best coaching staff in the league,” said Washington, DC’s team’s head coach Hyeong-seok “WizardHyeong” Kim.
Currently, there is no confirmed date for the start of Season 2 of the Overwatch League. However, this time frame leading up to the December 1st, 2018 signing deadline is an extremely busy and exciting time for the league.
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