New Hocking College Esports coach aiming to reach next level – Spectrum News 1

New Hocking College Esports coach aiming to reach next level – Spectrum News 1

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Mark Riley never thought he’d be in this position.


What You Need To Know

  • Mark Riley is the Hocking College eSports coach
  • Hocking College’s eSports team has its own streaming channel on Twitch
  • The eSports team are members of two national college-level conferences, the NJCAAE and NECC
  • For more information on the Hocking College eSports program, click here

He joined Hocking College in 2014 and became Cybersecurity and Network Systems program manager in 2019. 

Now the Athens native and avid gamer finds himself leading the eSports program and excited about what the future holds. 

“We’ve invested in the equipment, we’ve invested in the lab. We’ve invested in trying to get students here, recruited here to play eSports cause we see the value. I’m here to go to school, and I’m a student-athlete and I play eSports,” said Riley, the Hocking College eSports coach.

Hocking College’s eSports team has its own streaming channel on Twitch and plays games Overwatch and Rocket League. 

They play year-round in this lab and are members of two national college-level conferences, the NJCAAE and NECC. 

“I’ve had many students tell me, ‘this is the reason I try and get good grades and I try to get on the Dean’s List because I want to be a part of this,’” said Riley. 

Columbus native Myles Taylor is one of nearly two dozen gamers on the eSports team. Although he plans to study cybersecurity and networking, he said he
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