Doc Haskell, head coach of Boise State’s Esports team, a program within the College of Innovation + Design, was recently named the EsportsU Collegiate Best Director of the Year. This award was presented at the Collegiate Sports Management Group Inaugural Coaches and Directors Summit that took place in August.
Haskell formed the Esports program in 2017 with Brett Shelton, professor in the educational technology department. When Esports began, Haskell oversaw the first event at Boise State, an exhibition League of Legends match held in the Student Union Building, and hosted original Twitch broadcasts out of his office. Today, Haskell oversees a program of five varsity teams, 300 student club members and a dedicated arena located in the heart of downtown Boise.
Under Haskell’s leadership, Boise State Esports has seen unprecedented growth and achievement. The Broncos have won titles across the Mountain West, Play Versus, National Association Collegiate Esports, and Eastern College Athletic Conference championships. The team has an exciting year ahead as the Overwatch and Rocket League teams travel to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for the 2022 Harrisburg University Esports Invitational.