We would like to welcome Sami "Rico" Harbi as CLG Black's Head Coach for 2017. When we formed CLG Black, we went in with the intentions of developing North America's up and coming talent. Although the team did not qualify for the challenger series, we still believe in the players we picked up and will be moving forward with the team. As such we are providing the team with the best possible infrastructure and environment for them to grow. We believe that Rico has a wealth of experience as a coach within the esports scene and will help guide our young players throughout the year.
"I am very excited for Rico to join CLG! He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be invaluable for our players. Most importantly, he is eager to help each player grow. We are privileged to have Rico join CLG and excited to see his impact on the team."
- Matt "Trinitiii" Nausha, Director of Esports
Rico was the former team manager of Fnatic in 2013 where he assisted the team in their World Championship run. He also made a great impact as head coach of Team Dignitas during the end of the 2015 Spring Split. Rico understands our goals and values and we couldn't be happier to have him on board.
CLG Black, along with Head Coach Rico, will be relocating to a team house in Los Angeles near the CLG compound. They will have the same benefits of having access to a chef and physical therapist as all our teams in the area. With the addition of Head Coach Rico and necessary infrastructure, we believe that the players of CLG Black have the tools they need to develop into LCS caliber players.
"It's a great honor to have been appointed by CLG as the Head Coach of CLG Black, taking upon the task that is to groom challenger players into LCS caliber players. This is a testament that CLG is legitimately interested in developing NA talent. My first contacts with the players and staff have been really good, and I can't wait to work closely with those five individuals to mold them into players and a team that fits CLG's high standards. This will also be an opportunity to be around the LCS team and have Coach Tony use CLG Black as a valuable resource. I cannot wait to get started."
Sami "Rico" Harbi, CLG Black Head Coach