October 12, 2021
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 outstanding VALORANT coaches, Lance “Shy Jim” Peterson!
A: Lance “Shy Jim” Peterson
A: My IGN is Shy Jim, which came from my early days of gaming in MapleStory. It’s a silly story but my parents always told me not to use my real name on the internet. So I picked a quality about myself, Shy, and a very unique name that only the 9 year old mind can imagine, Jim.
A: I’ve been with Training Grounds since January of 2021
A: I started coaching Valorant in 2020 with the University of Utah
A: I loved the mix of abilities and fps. I was a DOTA/League of Legends player from an early point in my life and always felt drawn to the unique character ability dynamic. After CSGO had lost its excitement, VALORANT was an immediate rejuvenation to my competitive aspirations. Riot also does a great job listening to the community and bringing frequent updates to the game.
A: I love to see the improvement in my players. I feel extremely valid and happy when I can see my players steadily getting better at the game.
A: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard!
A: I was trying to explain an attack concept with a youth team, and for some reason I compared it to dating, how taking it slow can produce better results. Well my coach lead happened to be in the call and found my amazing analogy hilarious and before I knew it all of my players and my boss just happened to be dying of laughter. That was my first team I coached at C9TG and some of the hardest workers I’ve had!
A: The amount of people I get to work with. It’s great to be able to help so many different people in pursuit of their dreams and aspirations.
A: Hopefully VALORANT sticks around long enough for me to make my mark on the professional scene and make a name for myself as one of the best coaches in the game!
Thanks so much, Shy Jim!
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