Esports Coach

The University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Kentucky seeks a dynamic and creative professional interested in leading and directing the University’s Esports program. This is an exceptional opportunity for a motivated and accomplished professional to join a progressive team. The successful candidate will have the ability to serve as a spokesperson for the mission and values of the institution.

Under the supervision of the Athletic Director, the Esports Coach responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Partners with other UPIKE faculty and staff to recruit and retain student athletes.
  2. Work with Financial Aid and Admissions to manage and allocate scholarships.
  3. Conduct and plan all practices and matches for the Esports team.
  4. Maintain and monitor the Esports Arena.
  5. Schedule scrimmages with other Universities and register for seasons with organizations that host the games on roster.
  6. Manage skill development and instill the philosophical perspective necessary for personal and team growth.
  7. Record matches to enable visual feedback, strategy development and scouting of opponents.
  8. Study each game and understand relevant knowledge on the meta and relevant update patches.
  9. Resolve conflicts between players and motivate the players to improve.
  10. Utilize IT Helpdesk to manage computer equipment.
  11. Fundraise for additional equipment.
  12. Monitor academic process of student athletes.
  13. Maintain the Esports budget by follow purchasing and spending guidelines as set by the university and the Athletics Department.
  14. Maintain receipts and reconcile department credit card monthly.
  15. Ensure the health and safety of athletes and staff.
  16. Schedule events for team community service.
  17. Other duties as assigned.

Education & Skill Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Competitive gaming coaching experience preferred.
  • Ability to organize, motivate and manage a college gaming team.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have competitive experience in ESPORTS titles, especially League of Legends, Overwatch, and Valorant.
  • Excellent understanding of the rules and intricacies of each competitive game, and ability to play the game at a reasonable level.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel.
  • Must be able to perform simple calculations.
  • Must be familiar with ordering office supplies and making travel arrangements online.

The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b) retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, & dependent care accounts.

Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please, specifically address the qualifications, competencies and desired qualifications in your resume and application materials.

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. 

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students. 

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current resume, and the contact information for three to five professional references.

Date Posted: 05/11/2023
Department: Athletics
Employment Type: Full-Time (40 hours)
Position Type: Staff