Sashi appoint HUNDEN as head coach
The Danish organization turned to the 32-year-old veteran to lead their new project.
Sashi have announced Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen's arrival to fill the head coach position in their squad. The news comes less than a month after Astralis' decision to part ways with the 32-year-old, who spent the spring season as the organization's head analyst.
The skipper returns to coaching for the first time since Heroic terminated his contract in July 2021 for allegedly sharing sensitive information with a competitor. HUNDEN will now lead Sashi's rebuild phase following their decision to bench four players during the summer tournament break.
HUNDEN spent the majority of his coaching career with Heroic between 2020-2021, when he helped the Danish squad climb up the rankings during the online era. Under his leadership, Casper "cadiaN" Møller and company took first place at ESL One Cologne 2020 Europe and the No. 2 spot on the HLTV ladder.
His stint was then temporarily halted as he was suspended by Heroic due to his involvement in the coaching bug scandal in September 2020, only returning to competition eight months later following the expiration of his ban. The organization terminated his contract after three months, alleging he had shared sensitive team information with a major competitor.
"The restructuring of Sashi Esport continues, and as of today, Monday 17th of July 2023, Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen” steps in as the head coach of Sashi Esport," read the statement released by Sashi. "In addition to the previous experience from his earlier employment at top teams such as Heroic and Astralis, HUNDEN brings a lot of experience within talent development on the Danish scene."
"We are very pleased to be able to present HUNDEN to Sashi Esport," added Sashi sports director Allan "Rejin" Petersen. "Nicolai and I have known each other for many years and have previously worked together, so when the opportunity to get him to Sashi Esport presented itself, it was an obvious choice for us to reach out to him."
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Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen (coach)