Sprout Sign Spiidi As Performance Coach

03 Jan 2024
Tit Krajnik 03 Jan 2024
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  • Timo "Spiidi" Richter has joined Sprout as a performance coach
  • Sprout announced the news on Tuesday, January 2, 2024
  • Spiidi transitions to coaching after retiring as a player
On Tuesday, January 2, 2024, German Counter-Strike esports team Sprout announced Timo "Spiidi" Richter as a new performance coach. The 28-year-old takes on a new role just three days after announcing his retirement as a professional player, re-joining the organisation he played for in 2017-2022.

By joining Sprout as a performance coach, Spiidi ventures into a new role after a decade-long career as a Counter-Strike player. He first appeared in the CS scene in 2012 with EnRo GRIFFINS and since played for numerous teams, including mousesports, Seed, cowana Gaming, Sprout, and most recently ALTERNATE aTTaX.

The German player is no stranger to Sprout, who he was a member of from 2017 to 2022 and played a key role in the team's success over that period. Despite not winning any major tournament titles with the German team, Spiidi has left a mark with silver medals from Charleroi Esports 2019, Copenhagen Games 2019, DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019, and other A-Tier events.

"After I played half of my whole career here, I couldn't think of a better organization to be part of. With Sprout, I got the opportunity to gather first experiences from coaching, which might be my next career step. I will focus mainly on the upcoming academy team but I will help out where I am needed."

In the announcement, Sprout praised Spiidi for his experience and wished him the best as Spiidi opens a new chapter of his esports career.

"With an unmatched background of playing the highest number of maps and rounds, Spiidi's foremost aim is to foster the personal development of Sprout's emerging talents with the Main and Academy team, applying his rich experience to cultivate future Major contenders."

Spiidi joining Sprout as a performance coach marks the second change the German Counter-Strike team has made over the last month. 

At the end of December, Sprout parted ways with Olle "spooke" Grundström and promoted Emil "sL1m3" Stolz to the main roster, which now features two new signings, including Anton "Anlelele" Huynh, who joined the team in November.