C334 | Esports Leadership, Vision, and Program Development Panel Discussion

  • Room: 201
  • Session Number: C334
Friday, January 17, 2020: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Lead Presenter
Chris Aviles
Teacher/Esports Coach
Fair Haven School District
Lead Presenter
Jason Bauer
Assistant Executive Director of Esports
Grand View University
Lead Presenter
Mark Deppe
Director, Esports
University of California, Irvine (UCI)
Lead Presenter
Dana Hustedt
Director, Grand View University Esports
Grand View University
Lead Presenter
Kurt Melcher
Executive Director of Esports
Intersport and Robert Morris University


This session will take a deep dive into campus esports, as athletic directors, coaches, and other leaders from some of the top K-12 esports programs discuss the details of starting and developing a competitive varsity esports program, from a leadership perspective. Topics will include creating campus interest and developing a proposal to add an esports program; developing a budget; hiring a coaching staff; deciding what games to play; building an arena and purchasing equipment; developing a recruiting and scholarship philosophy; and managing league and tournament play. Note: This session was created in conjunction with program partner, National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors (NAECAD).


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