esports ohio CommitTee Members
Cory Canan - Overwatch
Joe Kaiser - Rocket League
Jake Molyet - Scheduling
Darren Pocek - Onboarding and Signups
Darren Pocek is a co-head coach of Bedford High School’s Bearcat Esports Team. Pocek coordinates the team’s Esports Ohio seasons. Believing that esports competition, alongside traditional athletic competition, is an idea that’s time has arrived, Pocek worked with students, teachers, administrators, community, and business leaders to build a state-of-the-art esports facility at Bedford High School. “The students, above all, are what made this happen”, he stated at the facility's launch party. Darren states that, as an educator, among the best reasons to become heavily involved with esports is that it is a student led initiative. His experience began when one student approached him about starting a team. That one student turned to six. A semester later, that six became thirty, then forty. The enthusiasm demonstrated by the students convinced school officials that the Bearcat Esports Team needed its own facility, and should stand alongside all athletics. Darren is a graduate of Chanel High School, and Kent State University. He is a teacher of fifteen years. Darren is married to his beautiful wife Maria, has children; Lilly, and CJ, and a dog named Chip. In addition to coaching esports, Darren is the advisor to Pop Culture Lit Club; his students have held panel discussions at Wizard World Cleveland for the past five years. Darren is a loyal Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, Browns, and Columbus Blue Jackets fan.
Discord: Coach Poek [Bedford]
Seth Post - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Joe Stringer - Valorant
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.
Discord: JStringer [Middletown HS]
Ryan Williams - League Of Legends
Ryan Williams is a band director at Perrysburg High School in his 7th year. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Music Education degree with a specialty in percussion. Ryan currently teaches two concert bands, marching band, pep band, percussion ensemble, and AP music theory. Ryan has been playing video games since he got his PS2 and GameBoy Advance SP in Junior High. He enjoys playing Magic: The Gathering, hanging out with his dog Xylo, playing DnD, and streaming games on Twitch. Ryan appreciates ESO providing the opportunity for students to engage in their passion through the titles we play, and is excited to help out more with Esports Ohio this season!.
Discord: Coach Williams [Perrysburg]
Current Openings - Fortnite, SMITE and Streaming (For more info DM a League Committee Member)