ANNANDALE - The Northern Virginia Community College athletic department has announced the hiring of Chris Gaul as the director of the Esports program Wednesday.
Gaul will be at the helm of the program as he builds, trains, and competes in Esports at the highest levels of intercollegiate competition.
“We are thrilled to have Chris come in to lead the new Nighthawks Esports program” said College-wide Student Life Director, Brian Anweiler.
Gaul is graduate of Allegheny College and holds a degree in economics. He was an assistant in the college’s Student Involvement Office, a resident advisor and completed an internship in the Residence Life Office.
He recently served as a consultant for Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, helping to develop a feasibility study aimed at bringing Esports to that campus.
“I am honored to call myself a NOVA Nighthawk,” said Gaul, who also serve as a Student Engagement Specialist in the College-wide Office of Student Life. “I’m ecstatic about bringing my Esports expertise to such a strong and established college. The new program will offer countless opportunities for current and future students.”
NOVA is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE). NACE, formed in 2016 and with more than 80 members, is a non-profit membership organization serving member institutions by developing the structure and tools to advance varsity Esports.
In March, the NJCAA, recognized NACE as the governing body of collegiate Esports soon after the NAIA recognized the program.
“Thanks to NACE, our Esports team can now compete in a more formal environment and represent the NOVA Nighthawks,” said Anweiler.
An Esports Arena has been built on the Annandale campus that will provide a place for practice and competition. Games currently offered are Overwatch and League of Legends. Other games may be offered in the future.