MARTINSVILLE – When the Patrick Henry Community College’s eSports team kicks off the fall season, it will be under the leadership of a new head coach.
The Patriots are hiring Martinsville native Nick Haley to be the college’s new eSports head coach.
Haley has more than a decade of competitive gaming experience.
His experience in the gaming industry also includes streaming, building gaming computers, and having a working knowledge of programming languages.
Haley earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Averett University in 2018.
“I’m extremely thankful and excited for the opportunity to become the head coach and coordinator of eSports at PHCC,” Haley said. “I will work to create an environment for students to grow athletically and academically, and to prepare them for professional and personal success.”
Competitive gaming has become the fastest-growing spectator sport in the world.
At PHCC, the team is growing fast too.
This fall, the ePatriots will have teams for Fortnite, Rocket League, Overwatch, and League of Legends.
Just as it is with traditional sports at PHCC, players must try out for a seat on the team and must maintain a 2.5 GPA as full-time students.
“Adopting eSports at PHCC allows students the opportunity to grow and compete in a great number of ways, and it is a vehicle for technologically-savvy students to put their skills to work,” said Athletic Director Brian Henderson. “This puts our Patriots in a great position in a growing technology world, and we couldn’t be happier to have Mr. Haley leading the charge.”