Esports coaching staff
Michael Fay Jr.
Head Coach and Director
While my life as a gamer started with Commander Keen, I got my start in esports as a YouTuber and live streamer on Twitch.tv where I created strategic & analytical content for League of Legends. During that time I obtained a degree in Psychology from Saint Michael's College. I then worked as a commentator, coach, and broadcast production director for competitions in the game Overwatch while I obtained an MFA in Emergent Media from Champlain College. My Masters research centered around the management of online communities for video games & esports.
David Kirk Jr.
I’m a lifelong gamer interested in the potential cognitive, social, and mental health benefits that esports and video games can have on the development of students within a higher education setting. I graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Biochemistry and did my Masters work at Illinois State University where I conducted research on esports in higher education.
I am an experienced curriculum developer in higher education with a background being a lecturer and assistant professor in graduate universities in Asia. On the gaming side of things I have competed at a high level in both Counter Strike and Hearthstone. I did my undergraduate work here at Akron in Secondary Education and my M. ED work at The University of Southern California with a focus in Linguistics.
Mailing address for esports at The University of Akron
The Honors College
180 S. College St., Suite 142 (show on map)
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-1803