The Cloud9 Training Grounds Community Spotlight Series showcases a great coach or staff member in the C9TG community each month who embodies the values of Cloud9 Training Grounds! Learning, Passion, Excellence, and Trust. This spotlight is one of our most important staff members, coach and counselor Sam “Boc” Boudrie!
Q: What is your name?
A: Sam “boc” Boudrie
Q: What is your In Game Name and what is the story behind it?
A: When I was 12, I used to play a browser-based strategy game called “Tribal Wars.” My name in the game was Chicken, and the tribe I joined was called “BOC.” So, I was BOC chicken for many years until I downloaded league in 2013 and saw you could have 3 letter usernames! So, I became boc. Sometimes I add an extra “c” to add a little SPICE. Don’t ask what boc stands for.. The truth is too powerful.
Q: How long have you been a part of Training Grounds?
A: I was hired back in February to be a LoL coach. My passion has always been in youth development, so when I became a part of the Training Grounds community, I was able to focus all my dedication into continuing to make TG a safe space for fun and improvement. Being a part of the coaching staff for TG has also helped me grow as a coach myself. I came into this thinking it would be an enjoyable job doing something I love, and I ended up making a ton of friends long the way. Shoutouts to my fellow coaches.
Q: How did you start coaching League of Legends?
A: I’ve been doing individual coaching on my Twitch stream since 2018. I’ve always found immense enjoyment out of helping other people realize their goals, so when the opportunity to apply for TG opened it was a dream come true.
Q: What do you like about the game?
A: I like how accessible League is as a game. Even if someone has no previous experience in gaming, they can reach a high rank just through studying basic concepts and putting effort into their improvement. There is still emphasis on individual skill, but even someone who struggles with reaction time or mechanics can find success in LoL, and I think that’s awesome!
Q: What do you love the most about coaching?
A: Coaching for me has always been less about TELLING the other person what to do, and more about giving them the tools to help them learn themselves. “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll never go hungry” is a saying that comes to mind. There is also something really special about seeing someone reach a goal that they’ve set and watch all their hard work payoff.
Q: What are some of the biggest lessons your players take away from your coaching?
A: I would hope that my players take away every single word I say from my coaching, but if there was one thing I think helps people the most, it’s that personal accountability is king. Even outside of gaming, being able to take responsibility for your actions and mistakes will allow you to find so much more success and happiness in life. Improvement never ends, unless you already think you’ve got nothing left to learn.
Q: What is your favorite memory from a Training Grounds camp?
A: Having the people that I’ve coached previously message me that they were able to put the techniques/thought processes that we learned into practice. Just knowing that I am helping to make a difference in something that is so much larger than I am is a very humbling feeling and I will never forget it.
Q: What is the best part about Training Grounds?
A: The community. Without contest. There have been so many fun times from things like in-houses, karaoke nights, movies, events, showdowns, masterclasses, or even just hanging out on call with everyone. Big props to the program staff and coaches who make all this possible.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: My goal is to ascend and become the 10th Cloud. If that doesn’t pan out, I would love to continue being a part of this program or be involved in eSports education in some form. I love gaming, and as of now C9TG is really the only program that fosters a healthy environment where individuals can come to improve as players AND as people. C9TG to the moon.
Thanks so much, Boc!
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