Williams to use extensive R6 Siege experience in new role.
After Joe Reyes stepped down from Soniqs’ Rainbow Six Siege head coach position earlier this week to pursue an internal role within the organization, Lauren Williams has become Soniqs’ newest head coach.
As one of the first pro players in Rainbow Six Siege esports, Williams has a laureled history that goes back farther than most. After retiring from active competition in 2020, Williams remained with the organization and served as a support coach and substitute player. Now, she’ll take the helm of Soniqs’ program after the team finished top-6 at the Six Invitational earlier this year.
Williams got her start in Rainbow Six Siege on console in 2016 playing for Secret Shadows, an unsigned team that failed to qualify for the Six Invitational through qualifiers. Williams made the switch to PC once Rainbow Six Siege esports dropped the esports circuit for Xbox in 2017 and Williams began to find heightened success across a variety of rosters.
By 2018, Williams was picked up by Cloud9 to serve as the team captain and the team went on to win DreamHack Montreal, one of the biggest Rainbow Six Siege tournaments at the time. Following this, she was announced as a Forbes 30 Under 30 for gaming.
At the end of 2018, Cloud9 restructured its team and Williams moved to Elephant Gang, an unsigned team on the verge of qualifying for the Pro League. One relegation match away from qualifying for the Pro League, Soniqs entered Rainbow Six Siege esports with the acquisition of Elephant Gang who later qualified for the Pro League after defeating Rise Nation 2-0.
Whether playing professionally or working as a support coach, Williams has always been a figure in the Rainbow Six Siege community people have looked up to. As head coach, she’ll have new opportunities to further impact Soniqs’ Rainbow Six Siege program and the esports community as a whole.