sgares: "Several of the top 10 teams approached me about coaching"

The former Cloud9 in-game leader revealed on HLTV Confirmed last night that he has been offered coaching positions from several big teams, and also explained why he hasn't yet taken advantage of the offers.

The 30-year-old spent the better part of 2018 doing analyst work while streaming and playing with other former pros in Old Guys Club, who recently qualified for the closed qualifier for the North American Minor.

During his career as an in-game leader in teams like Complexity, Cloud9 and Echo Fox, Gares has been hailed as a strategic mastermind, placing heavy focus on scouting out and anti-stratting opponents based on stats and demos.

seang@res believes he could do a 'pretty good job' coaching

As a special guest in the 13th episode of HLTV.org's talk show HLTV Confirmed, Sean "⁠seang@res⁠" Gares talked about how his career is going since impressively reaching the semi-finals at the EPL Season 6 Finals last year and qualifying for the early stages of the ELEAGUE Boston Major with Misfits.

The following exchange is a transcription of a part of the on-screen interview with the 30-year-old:

There was a rumour out that several teams actually approached you as a potential coach. Is that something you can shed a light on - is that someone you would want to do?

Yeah, so, I would say definitely a few of the top 10 teams, I'm not going to say who, but several of the top 10 teams approached me about coaching. And it's just not something I'm too sure about. It's definitely a big plunge to take. I'm not saying I'm never going to do it, I think it's a great job, obviously, I think I would do it pretty well, but there ARE negatives to it. I feel like you're very tied to really making the team want to win...

If I were to accept a coaching job, I would never be able to take analyst gigs, I would never be able to feel comfortable streaming when I'm at home, releasing YouTube content... All of those things are things I like doing right now. That's my main reason for not diving into the coaching thing right now, those things that I would miss. There probably will be a time where I'll want to do it, and maybe at that point, I'll revisit it.

As far as I'm concerned, I can see that in-game leaders, coaches, analysts and managers are getting increasingly bigger roles in teams with the tactical way of playing CS making its way into the upper echelons and become more important. Does it also have to do with the pressure that would be added on you, considering your history as an IGL and your very analytical way of looking at the game? Would you feel pressured to make a team have instant success?

I don't know, I don't think I would try to fully enforce my style on the team. I think it's very 50-50, you have to be there emotionally for the players and lift their moods, as well as the strategic aspect, the X's and the O's. I think people like zonic and zews are such excellent coaches because the emotional support that they bring to the team is only half of the value they add. That's what everyone sees, zews’ leadership and zonic lifting the team up when the times are tough, being very emotional behind them. That's only half of what they do, they do so much behind the scenes tactically, finding new nades, researching teams and stuff like that.

But that sounds like it might be right up your alley. The way you are describing it sounds like the Sean Gares I came to know in 2014-15, the analytical way of lifting a team. Why wouldn't that be a perfect fit for you?

No, I agree, I think I would do a pretty good job if I were a coach, obviously. That's my ego talking, (laughs), but who knows how that would pan out? I do think I'm pretty well suited to do something like that at this stage. Obviously, if you were to ask me this ten years ago, I would've been like 'oh man, my ego is out of control', I would never let someone tell me what to do in a situation. And my ability to talk to people back then wasn't what it is now. And I think that's very important for a coach, to understand that a silent, conservative figure in a team needs to be spoken to in a very different way than someone else. Like, when me and Jordan ("n0thing" Gilbert) talk to each other, people will think we hate each other, but the next round, we can brush it off. Not everyone is like that, though, I think it's important to realise that. And stuff like that comes with age, but I think I'd be pretty decent at it, yeah.

[On the level of appreciation coaches receive in the scene]:

It doesn't seem very rewarding, at least it didn't around six months ago. I think ECS did a lot with that video that they made, showing how important coaches are [...] I don't think the Majors, or Valve themselves at the Majors, do enough to appreciate the coaches and their effect on teams, obviously they restricted their ability to talk and stuff like that, but they also don't have stickers and all that stuff, which isn't really important financially, I think most of the big coaches probably get a big enough salary, maybe they get a piece of the sticker money, from what I know...

Obviously, it's good to be respected amongst the community, but they don't have that level of respect like coaches in [bat-and-ball] games do.

You can watch the entire 13th episode of HLTV Confirmed, which includes the full interview with seang@res, right here:

United States Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Sean 'seang@res' Gares
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#1
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Russia KS_areztiab
LUL xaxaxaxaxa
2018-11-29 16:31
3 replies
#2
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Russia KS_areztiab
probably DisbandInBra71l xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-11-29 16:31
1 reply
he said top10, not top 500
2018-11-29 16:51
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Europe _EpiC_
probably Optic India
2018-11-29 16:32
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Mongolia k0ng0
Nt prokda!
2018-11-29 16:31
ye
2018-11-29 16:31
wtf
2018-11-29 16:32
Astralis Seangares
2018-11-29 16:33
3 replies
zonic has extended his contract for 2 years at some point earlier this year iirc so not happening soon
2018-11-29 19:32
2 replies
I was just kidding xd
2018-11-29 19:38
1 reply
ik lul
2018-11-30 18:43
Hope he makes major with ogc
2018-11-29 16:33
pls dont quit being a player
2018-11-29 16:34
I mean you would figure that
2018-11-29 16:36
top lul
2018-11-29 16:37
C9 not TOP10 LOL
2018-11-29 16:37
2 replies
Bruh.mp3
2018-11-29 17:22
valens is a great coach
2018-11-29 17:39
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Sri Lanka kvezee
sgares
2018-11-29 16:38
I mean maybe
2018-11-29 16:38
valens must be praying to Jesus for him not to take that chance. Oh wait he said top 10 lol
2018-11-29 16:41
2 replies
Valens is the best coach
2018-11-29 17:22
Roasted and toasted
2018-11-29 17:40
k
2018-11-29 16:43
faze
2018-11-29 16:44
2 replies
100%
2018-11-29 16:48
It was probably FaZe and Mibr before they got Ynk
2018-11-29 18:05
Ez for Sean "bae" Gares to get offers
2018-11-29 16:47
FaZe inc
2018-11-29 16:49
#22
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South Africa CRMN1
Pretty sure MIBR was one of them. Been loving ynks work but ngl would be interesting to see how sgares could do as a coach.
2018-11-29 16:51
7 replies
mibr top1 not top10 retard
2018-11-29 16:57
4 replies
#25
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South Africa CRMN1
Do you fucking know what's a top 10 mate? EDIT: Wait did I get baited?
2018-11-29 16:54
3 replies
i do not know my friend xaxaaxaxaxaxx
2018-11-29 16:57
1 reply
+1
2018-11-29 17:02
Yes
2018-11-30 06:14
he said top10, not tier10...
2018-11-30 11:33
1 reply
#83
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South Africa CRMN1
nt
2018-11-30 13:14
he would do a better job IGL Faze than Niko is doing LUL
2018-11-29 16:52
faze would be ideal
2018-11-29 16:55
#28
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Russia dUUUt
faze mibr nrg
2018-11-29 16:58
#29
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France margheriti
Such a good IGL. He’d probably make some good progress being a coach indeed. Nice one.
2018-11-29 16:58
really like sean, he should step up to coaching since he is done(i think so) with playing at the highest level. other think is he could do really good as a caster/analyst(he can bounce in instead of ynk)
2018-11-29 17:01
Nice godgares
2018-11-29 17:01
hes 30? he looks like he just turned 20
2018-11-29 17:24
3 replies
ur gay
2018-11-29 17:34
2 replies
who wouldnt turn gay for sean gares?
2018-11-29 17:40
1 reply
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Slovakia EMCOR
+1
2018-11-29 17:41
#41
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Slovakia EMCOR
is he retired? is there any chance of him playing in top 5 team NA still? or it is just not real anymore
2018-11-29 17:40
4 replies
maybe
2018-11-29 17:40
I don't think he has the hunger for winning currently. He was actually pretty good in Misfits but I think he's just taken a liking to what he's doing right now.
2018-11-29 17:49
2 replies
#46
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Slovakia EMCOR
i mean, i would really like to see him compete again , he is one of the nicest guys in the esports , a very clever player , something that you dont see every day . I kinda feel good they are doing well as Old Guys Club even tho that is supposed to be for fun team with skilled players enough to actually win some matches :D i hope they will get throught the minor closed qualifier , there is a chance tbh , not a big one , but big enough to potentially make it throught
2018-11-29 17:56
1 reply
Yeah I think he's very likeable, and if you watch those old 2015 Cloud9 POV demos, he sounds like a very good IGL too. It would be hilarious to see OGC make it through to the major.
2018-11-29 18:01
Faze,Liquid and North maybe big
2018-11-29 18:38
Props to Sean Gares
2018-11-29 18:55
1 or 2 isnt several
2018-11-29 20:03
Yes I sure several NA teams need a coach to teach them how to play NA Pug CS /s. Will say this though he really did put in the effort to watch demo's for counter strating opponents and took a group of dog shit players to some finals of big tournaments so I give him respect on that.
2018-11-29 20:12
" releasing YouTube content..." - youre doing 1 vid a month! man up seany
2018-11-30 03:26
One of the great minds in NA CS. I hope they pull off some upsets.
2018-11-30 03:54
#84
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Argentina natszu
Seangodres
2018-11-30 13:24
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