Leading a Successful Esports Program in Higher Education



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Learn how to develop an esports program that prioritizes character development and graduation.

To be a successful esports coach, you must extend your traditional leadership skills into a new competitive space. The games and personalities are different, but you must manage young people and their frustrations, recruit talent, and ensure everyone graduates and contributes to the university – all within traditional and digital spaces.

Join us for a one-hour webcast with the National Esports Coach of the Year, Chris “Doc” Haskell, to learn how to create a culture of success in your esports program. Our speaker will teach you the keys to leading across the esports landscape, recruiting players, and assuring student success in your role as coach. You’ll leave with a competitive vision that assures that winning is only one indicator of your program’s success.


Who Should Attend

Esports coaches who are looking to start their programs or take their players to the next level will benefit from this training. University leaders interested in exploring leadership skills for their esports coaches will also leave with new ideas for their programs and institutions.



Our speaker will provide tips and best practices to improve your coaching skills in these three areas:

1. Esports Leadership:

    • Make sure every player goes into every game with a plan
    • Manage frustrations and ensure everyone gets along

2. Recruiting Players:

    • Welcome every player who reaches out to you, seeing each one as a contributor to your program and university
    • Communicate to families how video games are a way of building life skills and complementing character

3. Assuring Student Success:

    • Emphasize that no number of wins equals one graduation
    • Remember that the hall of fame is filled with players and coaches who are great at managing time and priorities


portrait of Chris Haskell

Chris “Doc” Haskell

Director of Esports, Department of Educational Technology, Boise State University

Dr. Chris Haskell plays video games for a living, or at least that’s what his friends think. He's the director of Varsity Eports at Boise State. As a professor and researcher, Chris also focuses on the impact of video games, virtual worlds, social media, and digital culture. Chris teaches classes in Minecraft and World of Warcraft.

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  1. Live webcast session - a live presentation where you have the chance to ask questions and get personalized answers from our expert speakers. You must purchase the product prior to the live date in order to attend the live session.
  2. Webcast recording - a recording of our live session that you can access anywhere, anytime.

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