Philadelphia Fusion coach and general manager Adam Genelin has been relieved of his duties, according to an announcement today from Overwatch League. Genelin and the Fusion had been on the wrong side of the spoiler hand for much of the season, losing the series opener over the San Francisco Shock in January to make the first round for the second consecutive year. They were bounced in the next round as well, falling to the Los Angeles Valiant in the first round of the playoffs.
Genelin will no longer be the head coach of the Fusion for the 2020 season, leaving them with an open spot to hire a new coach. Genelin took over the team in the 2017 season, taking over for the 2017 G-Boom coach Mark Angelo, who took the Cleveland Gladiators to victory in the 2016 season. In his tenure in Philadelphia, Genelin was hired to turn around the woeful Fusion and build them back up as a legitimate contender in the Overwatch League.
The exact reasoning for the move remains unclear. Genelin took responsibility for his part in the Fusion’s trajectory. “On behalf of myself and the rest of the staff, I want to publicly and sincerely apologize to the team,” he said. “No matter the change, we all recognize that we let the fans down.”