Boise State’s Chris Haskell Named National Esports Coach of the Year

Dr. Chris Haskell of Boise State University, Boise, ID, has been named the college NAECAD National Esports Coach of the Year for 2019-20. Haskell of Boise State University, Boise, ID, is the Head Coach of the Varsity Esports and Associate Clinical Professor at Boise State University.

In addition to overseeing and having winning records in five of the biggest collegiate esports titles, he helps oversee the independent broadcasting of over 200 hours of original esports content on its twitch channel which is by far the most of any collegiate esports program.

As a professor and researcher, Chris also focuses on the impact of videogames, virtual worlds, social media, and digital culture. Haskell teaches his classes in Minecraft and World of Warcraft. He created a course about Facebook, Youtube, and Memes.

Haskell has worked to push forward positive recognition nationwide for esports. His goal is to create a sports-like experience for the viewer and through the professionalism of the casters and hosts. This is further supported by the talent in the broadcast room, providing on screen graphics, replays, and a multi-camera setup that captures every moment during a match to create an end to end story.

According to NAECAD (National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors), Dr. Haskell’s success stems from a level of dedication and work ethic that is second-to-none. Dr. Haskell has created a model at Boise State that every collegiate program strives to resemble in some way. The culture of the program gives any student on their campus the ability to achieve their esports dreams, as well as their academic dreams, if they are willing to put in the work.

These prestigious awards recognize the outstanding leadership qualities a coach and director have made to its team, program, school, and to the entire esports ecosystem during the 2019-20 school year. The individual receiving this award will be recognized in person at the NAECAD National Convention Awards Banquet in Chicago, October 19-21, 2020.

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