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Randolph’s new esports coach takes the helm

Lucas Scott, standing, works with members of Randolph’s esports team in the College’s new lab and arena.

Lucas Scott kept busy during his college career at the University of Delaware, double majoring in political science and philosophy while leading an a capella group and taking on an instrumental role in the formation of what became the school’s esports program.

“I split my interests in college and ended up in Delaware’s competitive video gaming club, where I was, throughout the years, captain, coach, manager—a whole bunch of different titles,” said Scott, Randolph’s new esports coach. “Eventually, after we had a little bit of competitive success, we started advocating to the university, looking for more support.”

As the club’s popularity grew—it soon would become the university’s third largest—and facilities improved, talk shifted to making it official. Four esports teams were formed, and a new arena unveiled.

“We were told that the University of Delaware wouldn’t have an esports program without Lucas,” said Chris LeMasters, Randolph’s dean of students. “While he was working with the program there, they doubled the number of students who were involved. He has an ability to connect with faculty and staff while making connections in the gaming community as a whole.”

After graduating in 2020, Scott went to work for Nerd Street Gamers, a national network of esports facilities and events for competitive gamers. He ran online tournaments, doing everything from scheduling and registration to managing brackets and handling cheating disputes.

He also led some gaming-focused summer camps and joined with other professional tournament organizers to create online content during the early days of the pandemic.

“We heard very good reviews about his work running gaming events and his ability to help all levels of gamers,” LeMasters said.

At Randolph, Scott has a brand new esports lab and arena, funded by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, to work with.

Right now, he’s getting a feel for students’ interests, connecting with a group of about 50 who have participated in the program since its inception.

He plans to start hosting gaming nights, where students can show up and play for fun, before winter break. Then the real work will begin.

“It requires a lot of work,” he said. “To be in national contention, it involves a very rigorous practice schedule and attention to detail.”

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