UK Rocket League caster and analyst Mike ‘Gregan’ Ellis has returned to coaching with a new team, who are looking for an esports organisation to represent.
Esports personality Gregan, who left Guild Esports as their Rocket League coach in November 2021, missed out on joining the RLCS 2022/23 season as a member of the broadcast talent team, despite being previously assured by developer Psyonix that he would.
Since then, he’s produced the ‘Beyond the Game’ series of podcasts and interviews with people in gaming, and has also dived in the world of competitive Pokémon via the Pokémon TCG (Trading Card Game), as both a player and caster.
Now he’s returning to coaching in Rocket League, working with an all-English roster consisting of former Endpoint and Quadrant player RelatingWave, as well as Toxiic and former Guild player Accro.
The team, currently known as Top Cougars, are already in some ‘very exciting’ talks with a number of esports organisations.
‘When I got dropped, I knew I wanted to take a team back to the top’ – Gregan on coaching once again
Gregan told Esports News UK: “I was considering returning to coaching after my first full year of being an RLCS analyst, but couldn’t find the right team.
“Then when I got dropped, I knew I wanted to take a team back to the top.”
“Last year was tough to find a home, as most teams had coaches already and I didn’t know whether to try and stick to casting or coaching, and I think that came across for those looking for coaches too, so I remained in limbo between both options,” Gregan explained.
“For the last few months I have been looking for a team, helping players to get back into the flow of coaching, and thankfully, Wave, Accro and Toxiic wanted to try me out. And it has fit really well so far!
“Hopefully we can find an org who aligns with our desire to train in person, on boot camps, as much as possible, and be supported with performance coaching like psychology and lifestyle support. We are talking with some orgs already, it’s very exciting.
“We hope to be making majors consistently and be contenders to win events throughout the year.
“The ability is there, with the support of each other and a top org, this team should be up there with the best in the world.”
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Dom is an award-winning writer and finalist of the Esports Journalist of the Year 2023 award. He graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Federation up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and offer esports consultancy and freelance services. Note: Dom still produces the British Esports newsletter on a freelance basis, so our coverage of British Esports is always kept simple – usually just covering the occasional press release – because of this conflict of interest.