esports ohio Board of Directors
Nick Rider - Founder and President
Nick Rider is the Founder and President of the educational non-profit, Esports Ohio, which specializes in the organization, oversight and competition structure of scholastic esports at the high school level. He is also Director of Technology for the Carey Exempted Village School District, the Carey High School Esports Coach, and a high school educator. Nick recently has helped develop a curriculum in esports coaching and management and serves as an adjunct professor at Rhodes State College. Throughout his 15 years of education experience, he has spearheaded several STEM initiatives, served on several educational advisory committees, most notably the Ohio Department of Education Digital Task Force, and has been selected to present innovative strategies at countless educational technology conferences.
Nick Rackley - League Director / co-Vice President
Nick Rackley is a Social Studies teacher at Bluffton high School in Bluffton Ohio. He is currently in his 7th year there, with his 5th year as the Esports head coach and Club founder. Nick has always enjoyed video game competitions participating in many when he was younger mostly of the console variety, later switching to PC. Rackley also enjoys shout casting, photography, videography, and working with any student on multimedia projects. He currently resides in Pandora Ohio with his wife Britney who is also an educator.
Jeff Carana - Tournament Director / co-Vice President
Jeff Caranna is the Cybersecurity teacher at Akron STEM High School in Akron Ohio. He has worked for Akron Public schools since 2015 and created his esports club in 2017. Jeff has a long history in esports, competing on his first team in 1998. On top of PC gaming, some of his other interests are traveling, hiking, and spending time with his son. Jeff and his family currently live in Akron.
Jacob Gebers - League Operations / Treasurer
Joe Stringer - League Operations
Joe Stringer is the head coach of Middletown Esports, and is currently an educator at Middletown High School teaching physics. Partnering with a local university, Joe helped Middletown grow an Esports program and develop an arena for their players. He enjoys all video games and teaching people about the ever-expanding field of Esports. Growing up in Michigan, Joe attended MSU and got some experience with the League of Legends esport. Hoping to grow the understanding of Esports within schools, Joe joined Esports Ohio determined to help wherever possible.
Chalin Cahlik - College Advisory Council Member
Chalin is entering his fifth year as Head Coach Esports Coach at Tiffin University. Chalin has competed in the esports scene for 14 years, starting in the early days of Halo 2 and leading into the current League of Legends era. Chalin created the Great Lakes Esports Conference (GLEC) in which many teams currently compete in. Chalin is a graduate of Tiffin University where he majored in communications with a concentration on electronic media and completed his MBA in 2017.