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

I currently work at Napoleon Area City Schools as a Technology Specialist/Network Coordinator. I have worked at Napoleon Area Schools since 2015. I graduated from Tiffin University in 2017 with a bachelors in Information Technology. As long as I can remember, I have always had an interest in video games, mostly playing console games during my childhood. After college graduation, I began to explore and play more PC games and have continued to this day. In the spring of 2018, I helped start an esports program at Napoleon, with a focus on getting more kids involved with extracurriculars. We were one of the first high schools in Ohio to have dedicated machines, and a dedicated lab for our athletes to compete in, that included 14 machines. Since that time, we have continued to grow our program and are up to 27 machines and almost 50 kids. I have been involved with Esports Ohio since the inception of the league and have continued to help promote esports throughout Ohio. I firmly believe that esports is a great avenue for kids to be both competitive, but also help gain valuable life skills. I hope that esports as well as Esports Ohio continues to grow to continue to give more kids opportunities for scholarships, comradery, and competitive gaming.

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.

Jake Schaaf - Business Advisory Council Member

Jake is a proud husband and father. Jake began working at a very early age, starting with helping his father on the farm to McDonald’s to Wolohan Lumber (loader, driver, sales) to some IT work before venturing out on his own in 2004. He officially formed his first company in 2007, Buckeye I.T. Services, LLC and they've grown every year they've been in business. Jake is very much a people person and his personality and communication skills set him apart from many others around. Jake is proud to have served the Ohio National Guard, and he bleeds Scarlet & Gray.