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.
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