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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coach Ryan supporting his team just before their match begins at the 2018 OCHSEL Round of 16.
College: Baker College of Jackson
Major: Business Administration
"I started as a JV League of Legends player for WMU, I then started coaching high school at Jackson Northwest High School in Michigan, where we took 2nd in Overwatch and tied for first in Fortnite!"
Brandon Alessandro Marquez
College: Arizona State University
"My favorite part about coaching is helping individuals realize their true potential, and watching them pull off the highlight plays I know they're capable of."
College: California State University, Fullerton
Major: Masters in Cultural Anthropology
"What I enjoy most about coaching is helping others have a fun and inviting experience regarding learning how to play really cool video games!"
College: Fullerton College
"What I enjoy most about coaching is the ability to teach others about something I am passionate about and see them grow as players."
College: Full Sail University
"My favorite part about coaching is seeing the improvement of players over a long term."
College: Xavier University of Louisiana
"What I enjoy about coaching is watching players grow and learning new things about games with them, whether the game is an Esport or physical sport."
College: University of Southern Maine
Major: Media Studies
"When it comes to coaching, I enjoy the team bonding aspect the most. It's my belief that a strong and in-sync team is the most formidable!"
College: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
"I love teaching players new ways to excel. Nothing is more satisfying then seeing a player be rewarded for their hard work!"
College: Davenport University
Major: Organizational Leadership
"One of my favorite things about being a coach is seeing rapid change in players personalities as they realize the importance of what they are doing and start to really care about a wonderful opportunity they have always wanted."
College: University of California, Irvine
Major: Bachelors in Business Economics and Masters of Finance
"You have a special role to play where you guide them towards being a better version of themselves, and you, yourself, become a wiser and better person, as well."
College: University of California, Santa Cruz
Major: Technology Information Management
"I love being able to analyze and productively critique match play in order to help my teammates improve in future play."
College: Central Methodist University and University of Michigan
Major: Computer Science
"As a coach I am excited to get to share my game knowledge with individuals across the country, especially those who also share my same passion for gaming."
College: University of Washington
Major: Earth and Space Science
"What I enjoy most about coaching is helping people improve and reach their goals."
College: Cal State University, Northridge
"What I love the most about coaching is watching your players improve over time, watching their growth as player and person is an amazing feeling I can't describe."
College: Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Major: Interactive Media, concentration in User Experience (UX) Design
"I aim to use his knowledge and experiences to help develop and bring positive impacts to future students, gamers, and leaders!"
Jesus Payan (Jesse)
College: Williams College
Major: Environmental Studies
"I'm thrilled to be a part of Connected Camps and NASEF as a coach because they bring together my love for video games and working with high school students!"