Jacob "Mini" Harris, the head coach of FNATIC FNATIC Europe Rank #1 's Valorant team, has decided to step down from the position. Mini stated that he had mentioned he might not re-sign as head coach as early as six months ago as he wanted to find a better work-life balance.
FNATIC announced the news and stated they were in active discussions with Mini to potentially look at a new role within the coaching team. They are also looking for a new Head Coach.
“Whilst conversations continue with FNATIC to figure out a suitable future, my contract has ended so I will also be looking at offers from other teams,” said Mini. “The roles I would be most interested in are assistant coaching or GMing, I am open to exploring other roles if it made sense.”
New kings for a new era of Valorant. Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games.
Mini has been a part of FNATIC since the team's inception, and this year was when the team performed at its peak. FNATIC had an incredibly successful 2023, with them winning two out of the three international trophies at LOCK//IN and Masters Tokyo. They placed fourth at Champions 2023 and are, till date, the only team to have won two international trophies, let alone consecutively.
“I have grown a lot from this experience but I would just like to be "Jacob Harris" a bit more and not "mini" 24/7 (Jacob's a lot more relaxed. Unfortunately, both are equally short),” said Mini.