Yesterday my contract expired with the Gladiators. It's damn near 6am, and I can't sleep because I'm not sure what the future holds. Just have to be patient and wait for other people to respond.— David Pei (@dpei_ow) October 1, 2019
All I want to do is win and the offseason is killing me...
dpei first suggested he would become a free agent in mid-September when he put out a tweet stating he was looking for a new team. At that time, he was still with the Gladiators. One of the Gladiators' assistant coaches, JohnGalt, also made a looking for team tweet around the same time.
I am currently LFT and seeking other OWL opportunities.— David Pei (@dpei_ow) September 17, 2019
The Gladiators went a combined 42-26 record in two seasons with dpei as their head coach, making the playoffs in both seasons. The team went a combined 2-4 in postseason playoff matches and were 0-3 in stage playoff matches. The Gladiators finished in the top six in both seasons.
Prior to joining the Overwatch League, dpei was the head coach of Kungarna for much of 2017. This includes when they qualified for Contenders Season One through Contenders Season Zero.
Currently, the Gladiators are without a head coach. None of the team's assistant coaches have stated they are free agents.