Grand View Announces New Esports Director
March 19, 2021
Grand View University is proud to announce the hire of Nathan Ragsdell to take over its Esports program. Dr. Jay Prescott, Vice President of Student Affairs, says, “having a combination of playing and collegiate coaching experience makes Nathan the ideal candidate to bring continued success to the Grand View program.”
Ragsdell pursued a path to professional ranks in Overwatch after graduating from the University of Nebraska - Omaha. Most recently, he served as the Esports Director and Head Coach at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. Notable successes include his League of Legends team's 2nd place and Overwatch's 1st place finish in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), culminating with an Overwatch 2nd place finish in the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) national competition and competing in the TESPA national playoffs.
Ragsdell comments on his new role, “I am most excited about the opportunity to foster student growth and contribute to the success beyond their collegiate experience. I hope to continue Grand View's success as a first-rate Esports program that focuses on student engagement, academics and competitive play.” He recently wrote an article that offers strategies for other college coaches who are hoping to land the best student-athletes for their schools. Read the article.
His passion for Esports is evident by his willingness to be a part of the national conversations that shape competitive esports, currently serving on the on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion sub-committee, as well as the Awards Committee for NACE. In his spare time, Nathan games and recently competed in the Gamers vs Cancer NACE Overwatch event where this video demonstrates the level of appreciation the casters had for his play.
Since 2017, Grand View University’s Esports program has welcomed competitive gamers of all levels and scholarships are offered to top performing players. Dr. Jay Prescott expresses his optimism, “Esports is positively impacting student-athletes the way traditional sports do - enhancing student development, student engagement, team work and leadership skills. Nathan has tremendous potential and I can see him taking the program to new heights and garnering immediate attention from gamers across the country.”