Competitive Director / Head Coach Esports Program

University Of Akron Akron , OH 44301

Posted 3 months ago

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach a cover letter, resume and a list of three (3) professional references to your profile.

After submission of your application, return to the "My Activities" link and upload the required documents under the my Cover Letters and Attachments section .

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with reference to the minimum and preferred qualifications. This is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. A resume will not be accepted in place of any information requested on the application. For assistance with your application or attachments please call Angie Kerley in Human Resources at 330-972-6547.


  • Assist the Director and Head Coach of the Esports Program by providing additional oversight and management in designated areas of both varsity team and club programs.

  • Assist in maintaining the daily operations of the UA esports club facilities.

  • Work with student participants, coaches and other leaders in varsity and club programs.

  • Work with the director and others in the university and broader community to integrate the esports experience into the academic experience and entrepreneurial culture of UA.

  • Assist in recruitment of esports student athletes and fundraising for scholarships and program expenses.

  • Develop, oversee and coordinate our esports teams and club programs, including practices and matches.

  • Help develop team and individual skills to prepare individual athletes and the team for success. Resolve conflicts between players and motivate players to improve. Supervise student coaches.

  • Partner with UA Admissions staff to recruit and retain highly skilled players by initiating off-campus activities (including, but not limited to social media campaigns and other marketing) and managing the search and evaluation process for all prospective esports student athletes. Work with the Financial Aid Office to manage and allocate scholarships.

  • Assist in maintaining and monitoring esports equipment and facilities. Assist in ensuring institutional compliance with various governing bodies for the esports program. Stay up-to-date on cutting-edge equipment and playing techniques for all esports games that the UA team is engaging in to ensure excellent coaching and strategizing.

  • Monitor and promote (i) the health and safety of athletes and staff; (ii) the academic progress of student athletes to support players' success in the classroom; and (iii) the educational goals of individual student athletes.

Required Qualifications

  • Requires a relevant Bachelor's Degree and a valid driver's license.

  • Requires a minimum of one (1) year of competitive esports experience involving multiplayer online video games that have team-based elements.

  • Ability to organize, work in a team environment, motivate and guide a college esports varsity team and club program.

  • Must have excellent understanding of the rules and intricacies of the most widely-played competitive games in the esports field, and the ability to play the game at a reasonably level sufficient to coach student athletes.

  • Familiarity with team-based multiplayer games such as League of Legends, Hearthstone, and others.

  • Firm commitment to a student-centered culture and the academic success of students.

  • Experience maintaining both software and hardware equipment associated with esports.

  • Experience monitoring budgets.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree preferred.

  • Previous experience working in esports.

  • Previous experience working in a higher education environment.

  • Experience in teaching, analyzing players, identifying strengths and weaknesses of players and developing strategies for competitive esports at the collegiate level.

  • Ideal candidate will be able to assist with student-player recruitment, acquisition of sponsorships, and fundraising.

  • Strong motivational skills, public relations skills and marketing capabilities.



Application Deadline

Open until filled

Background Check Statement

The University of Akron is committed to providing a safe environment for all students and employees. The university endeavors to protect the health, welfare and safety of all students, employees and visitors on our campus. As such, the university will conduct a pre-employment background check for all applicants selected for employment.

About UA

As one of the largest employers in the region, The University of Akron is creating a community and workforce committed to making a difference in the lives of our students and in the region. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package to qualified candidates who are passionate about shaping and inspiring the next generation of thinkers, experts, artists and leaders.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Akron is an equal education and employment institution. It is the policy of this institution that there shall be no unlawful discrimination against any individual in employment or in its programs or activities at The University of Akron because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or status as a veteran. The University is also committed to the principles of affirmative action and acts in accordance with state and federal laws.

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Competitive Director / Head Coach Esports Program

University Of Akron