The collegiate League of Legends scene is already changing, and it’s starting with two North Region powerhouses. On June 10th, 2017, it was announced that Drake “CreatingDrake” Porter will be stepping down from the head coach position at Robert Morris University (IL) and will be joining Columbia College as the senior strategic analyst.
Throughout the season, Porter has been a vocal figure at RMU, stating his thoughts and opinions on Twitter much to the praise and dismay of others. As head coach, he led his team to the uLoL Campus Series North regional finals and through the postseason Wildcard Tournament to qualify for the League of Legends College Championship. In addition, he brought RMU’s first title home as the winners of the Midwest Campus Clash. Outside of collegiate experience, Porter is also a former Challenger Series coach, having been apart of Team Coast and Vortex.
Image Source: Drake “CreatingDrake” Porter’s Twitter
Joining Matt Meininger and Duong Pham, Porter will be an addition rather than a replacement for the coaching staff of CC.
“Last year was amazing and incredibly successful for Columbia College, but last season left us wanting more…With his experience and expertise, the idea of him joining our program just sounded better and better.” – Matt Meininger on Drake joining the coaching staff.
This marks the third departure by a member of RMU’s 2016-17 League of Legends roster. Derek “West Coast Carry” Micheau has stated that he will be transferring, but hasn’t declared a college yet as he is still looking at his options. Derek “Gillette” Castro tweeted that he will be taking a hiatus from collegiate to focus on his gameplay.
A likely replacement for Porter as head coach is Dan “TheIntenseMango” Morissette, who is the current assistant coach for RMU. There has yet to be an announcement on who will fill the spots left by Micheau and Castro.