Coaching at No Charge

The North America Scholastic Esports Federation offers free coaching through a partnership with Connected Camps, a nonprofit organization providing connected learning experiences that foster creativity, problem solving, collaboration and interest-driven learning among youth. Connected Camps will provide virtual coaching support for up to 120 teams. The coaches all have professional level expertise in esports, experience working with youth, and will be either be a student currently enrolled in college or a recent graduate.

Coaches will connect virtually with their assigned teams several times a week and will work collaboratively with a Club’s General Manager to create a training program that emphasizes teamwork, communication, sportsmanship, conflict resolution, and strategy. They will use their experience as expert esports players to help players improve their game play, orient them to the rules and expectations of tournament play, and serve as informal STEM mentors. Connected Camps will also offer weekly virtual clinics that members of any Club can attend, focused on a range of esports topics, from shoutcasting, to statistics, to improving play. Through a combination of online mentorship and skills support, coaches will work to ensure that teams feel well supported, informed, and prepared for league participation.


Frequently Asked Questions

Specifically, coaches will:

  • Assist Faculty Advisors in the training of players and Club members.
  • Manage a scrimmage schedule.
  • Understand all league rules and regulations, and assure compliance and consistency among scholar athletes.
  • Provide an effective training regiment for the players.
  • Support players in creating and tracking individual and team goals.
  • Provide high quality feedback and mentorship.
  • Develop a sustainable culture of constructive reflection practice.
  • Support players in dealing with conflict in a positive and constructive way.

In order for Clubs to retain their coach all season, the team(s) must:

  • Have a complete and active roster for each team signed up for coaching
  • Have the equipment necessary to communicate and play (headsets, keyboards and 6 computer) by your first coaching session
  • Be able to schedule the coaching sessions with an active General Manager present in the room, or one who is able to join the sessions virtually
  • All NASEF coaches will require a 3-days notice if a coaching session needs to be cancelled by their teams
    • Sessions without 3-days notice will be considered a missed session
    • Two missed sessions will result in the removal of your team’s coach for the duration of the season

Our coaches either hold degrees or are currently studying at universities like UC Irvine, Texas Tech, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and Cegep de Saint-Hyacinthe in Canada.

Their areas of study include computer game science, nursing, mathematics, economics, and digital media. Connected Camps runs background checks as part of their hiring and selection process. 

Please note that the Coaches will be fluent in English and in most cases will communicate in English with their Club members.

Our coaches are hired in the summer before the academic year they will serve as a coach. If you are interested in applying to become a coach in the future, please email us at info@esportsfed.org. 

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Coach Ryan supporting his team just before their match begins at the 2018 OCHSEL Round of 16.

Alan S.

Collin County Community College
Computer Science
McKinney, TX

"I love coaching Overwatch because there is nothing better than watching a player improve. Seeing students develop over the course of a season is one of the best feelings in the world. Coaching is a very rewarding experience and I love every second of it."

Andrew W.

New Mexico State University
Electrical Engineering
Las Cruces, NM

"Coaching esports inspired me to pursue a new degree in Performance Psychology. I decided to become a mentor to help people realize their potential and goals, all while being in a community of great people who share a similar passion. I look forward to working with Connected Camps and NASEF to reach more students."

Austin W.

University of Utah
Pre-Nursing
Salt Lake City, Utah

"I started getting into the Overwatch competitive scene when I joined the varsity team at the University of Utah. I love the game and I love teaching others how they can get better. Getting to work around video games has always been a dream of mine, which is why I'm so excited to start coaching with NASEF this year."

Aveary H.

New Mexico State University,
Mathematics
Las Cruces, NM

"My dedication to being an esports coach comes from my love of a growing esports community that I want to positively contribute to. I look forward to being able to educate and encourage players in a game I am passionate about."

Bobby B.

Frederick Community College
General Studies
Frederick, MD

"I’m currently pursuing a general studies degree at my local community college. I became an Overwatch coach after I took a group of random people to the playoffs in one of Jayne's Peasant Cups. After that experience, I wanted to make everyone I coached become the best player they can be. Since then, I have coached multiple amateur teams and have enjoyed every second of it."

Brenden A.

University of California, Irvine
B.A. in Computer Science
Irvine, CA

"I've been involved in esports as a player for about 6 years now, and have recently transitioned to a coaching role. I love video games and esports and want to provide for students the experience that has helped shape the person who I am today. I want to do everything I can to help esports grow, since I believe the community is one of the best ones to be a part of."

Brock C.

University of Missouri
Computer Science
Columbia, Missouri

"I started getting into coaching throughout my time as a player in the amateur scene. I wanted to give back to the community by helping by coach lower level players to help prepare them for not only the amateur scene but beyond. With my experience working with contenders coaches on a regular basis, I work with players to help them keep a strong mentality and help them mechanically so they can grow in many different aspects of the game that they can apply to real life."

Chance S.

University of Advancing Technology,
Game Design, Game Art and Animation
Tempe, Arizona

"I’m an avid Game Designer looking to develop my career within the gaming industry. I aspire to make games that everyone can enjoy. I’ve played video games both for fun and competitively since I was young. I’ve participated as a player from small Halo tournaments to playing on my college’s League of Legends and Overwatch teams. As a coach, I desire to pass down my knowledge to others who aspire to develop their skills."

Christian V.

Gainesville, FL

"I have played and coached not only esports but traditional sports as well. My goal is to give all of my students and players a fun and safe environment to grow and make impactful memories!"

Devlin N.

University of Northern Arizona,
Narrative Studies for the Game Industry 
Flagstaff, AZ

"I have been an esports competitor and coach for 4 years. Over those 4 years I have coached 2 teams to the NASEF Grand Finals, coordinated multiple collegiate teams, and was named Vice President of esports for Northern Arizona University where I am currently a senior. My games of choice are League of Legends, Town of Salem, Mortal Kombat 11, and Overwatch."

Drake E. - Performance Coach

University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. in History
Los Angeles, CA

"I love esports and I have had a deep passion for video games all my life, and think the esports industry has a lot of room to grow and I want to be a part of shaping its future. I’m always excited to see how our students develop over the course of their season."

Emily L.

Saint Ambrose University '21
Sports Management
Davenport, Iowa

"I started getting into coaching throughout my time as a player in the amateur scene. I wanted to give back to the community by helping by coach lower level players to help prepare them for not only the amateur scene but beyond. With my experience working with contenders coaches on a regular basis, I work with players to help them keep a strong mentality and help them mechanically so they can grow in many different aspects of the game that they can apply to real life."

Greg B.

University of Michigan
B.A. in Environmental Science
Ann Arbor, Michigan

"My name is Gregory and I was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA. I have a background in science education and I currently produce and edit esports videos for a small website. Overwatch has been my favorite game for the past two years, and I am very excited to be able to combine my love of teaching with my love of Overwatch. I also coach Rocket League and League of Legends."

Harry P.

Florida State University
B.A in Hospitality Management
Tallahassee, Florida 

"Since Overwatch released in 2016, it has fueled my passion for E-Sports and my drive to improve. I hope to foster a stronger community in the game by teaching new talents within the competitive scene. A healthy scene grows from the bottom to the top, and coaching new talents is an excellent way to persevere game integrity long-term."

Isaac K.

Glendale Community College
Computer Science
Glendale, CA

"Overwatch is an awesome esport, and I’ve been playing, coaching, analyzing, or running tournaments for it since its release. One of my favorite memories ever is when my teammates and I won the grand finals of a national high school league together! We were ecstatic and never felt closer as friends. As a coach, I want to foster an experience like that for another team, and help my students develop themselves as players and as people."

Jon Q.

Ohio State University
B.S. in Business Administration
Columbus, Ohio

"I have been playing League of Legends since Season 4, and it developed my passion for esports. During my time at college, I was part of Ohio State University’s esports and LoL Club, where I helped establish the University’s foundation for esports."

Katarina M.

Northern Arizona University
Environmental Engineering
Flagstaff, Arizona

"I love the community which gaming has opened for so many people and I intend on developing esports through sportsmanship and competition. I look forward to what the future of gaming has to offer."

Keegan W.

Clemson University
Computer Science
Clemson, South Carolina

"I've been playing Overwatch competitively since its release, so Im looking forward to helping other players on their journey through the game, as they learn and develop both as individuals and teammates."

Lauro R.

Oculus Brand Ambassador
Tampa, FL

"My love and passion for competition in esports goes beyond my own personal pursuits. I'm eager to help others become the best they can be!"

Namir S.

Indio, California

"I enjoy coaching Overwatch because it gives me the opportunity to teach something that I am passionate about analyzing and playing. I coach a variety of esports such as Overwatch, League of Legends, Fortnite, and Smash Ultimate."

Nicholas P.

Tallahassee Community College
Tallahassee, FL

"I’m an avid gamer with over a decade of experience backing me, and a long-time LoL player of 6 years and numerous competitive matches at a high level. I’ve got a burning passion for esports and video games, and being given the opportunity to give players unforgettable memories and bonds with their teammates is a dream come true for me. I’m very excited to be a part of the future of esports."

Peter P.

Georgia State University 
B.S. in Computer Science
Atlanta, Georgia

"I have been playing games quite literally all my life! I love the competitive aspect of games and the drive not just to win, but to build connections with teammates as well. I love team-based games where people come together to accomplish something, and I think that’s amazing."

Richard X.

University of Findlay
Masters of Occupational Therapy
Findlay, Ohio

"I am currently a graduate student studying at The University of Findlay pursuing my Master degree in Occupational Therapy. I became an Overwatch coach for one reason: I love video games! To me, Overwatch is a fantastic game to not only enjoy casually, but it also provides an opportunity to prove yourself by climbing the ranks competitively. I look forward to being an avenue of support and knowledge for all of my players."

Ryan H.

University of South Florida
History, Political Science
Tampa, FL 

"I love Overwatch and have been playing soccer competitively for most of my life. Bringing my passions for teaching, sports and Overwatch together is a dream come true."

Shawn L.

University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A in Sociology
Santa Barbara, CA 

"I have been playing Overwatch since it’s Open Beta and I have since developed a community for Overwatch players within the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Gaucho Gaming Organization. I aim to not only coach developing youth, but to also encourage students to pursue higher education. I also strive to create a welcoming space for those who feel there isn’t a place for them at school or home."