THREAT steps down from NiP; pita joins
NiP have announced that their head coach Björn "THREAT" Pers has resigned from the position, and to replace him, they hired Faruk "pita" Pita.
Björn "THREAT" Pers joined NIP at the start of 2016, with his addition linked to a reinvigorated look the team presented in the first half of the year. The Swede's impact on the team was limited after the Valve coaching rule change, but he was still a part of the squad that went on to win big tournaments such as StarSeries S2 Finals and IEM Oakland 2016 and 2017.
"Björn "THREAT" Pers joined us right at the start of 2016 with the intention of relieving some of the burden from the in-game leader, allowing players on the server to focus more on fragging and less on tactical decisions. And though it’s been a fruitful two years, Pers has now decided to step down as the coach for NiP to pursue other things in life. We want to express our gratitude towards you Björn. You have had a significant impact on our players and organization. We’d also like to wish you the best of luck in life and let’s hope our paths cross again."
Replacing THREAT is Faruk "pita" Pita, who worked as NIP's coach in 2014-2015, leading them to a Major victory and two Major grand finals. The organization praised pita's experience in the field an announced that they are looking to add another member to their coaching staff, alongside their head coach and mental coach:
"Pita was one of the first in the world to coach a professional CS:GO team and has since then been pursuing a career in finance, coaching in North America, improving and soaking up knowledge to once again jump on board the Ninjas in Pyjamas organization to aid our team in the pursuit of once again becoming the best team in the world. Glad to have you back, Faruk, and we hope all you Ninjas once again give him a warm welcome to the NiP family!"
"In late 2017 we found success following the inclusion of a full-time mental coach to our coaching staff, which contributed to our victory at IEM Oakland. We are therefore happy to announce that we will be continuing with Jens Hofer as responsible for all mental coaching for our players and teams for the long term."
"In addition to Faruk "pita" Pita and Jens Hofer working full-time with our CS:GO team, we are now in the process of recruiting a third member to our CS:GO coaching staff. The role will be an analytical and strategic coaching position, in order to improve our game preparations, opponent studies, as well as our own strategic and tactical depth."
NIP now has the following team:
Faruk "pita" Pita (coach)