Fnatic Valorant Head Coach Mini steps back ‘in search of a better work-life balance’

Fnatic Coach Mini

UK Valorant coach Jacob ‘mini’ Harris has announced his decision to step back as head coach of Fnatic’s Valorant team.

He made the announcement on his X social media page earlier today.

“I noted to Fnatic around six months ago that there was a good chance I wouldn’t be re-signing next year as a Head Coach, in search for a better work-life balance,” coach mini said.

“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. The roles I would be most interested in are assistant coaching or GMing, I am open to exploring other roles if it made sense.

“I’d like to thank Fnatic for putting a lot of trust in me over the past three years, all the boys I’ve coached over my career, all those I’ve worked with at Fnatic, and everyone who has supported us! 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).”

Coach Mini added this is something he’s struggled with ‘for some time’, and gave a special shoutout to UK Valorant star Jake ‘Boaster’ Howlett.

The pair have worked together for some time, having been on the team SUMN FC before they were acquired by Fnatic a few years ago, during the early days of Valorant esports.

Prior to this, Jacob played in the Counter-Strike space.

Coach Mini has had an impressive stint with Fnatic, especially this year, with Fnatic winning the likes of Lock/In and Fnatic also winning VCT Masters Tokyo.

Fnatic’s Valorant team director Colin ‘CoJo’ Johnson also said that Fnatic are opening applications for the vacant head coach position.

Related article: Why UK talent is shining in Valorant – Fnatic head coach mini explains

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