Welcome Head Coach Curtis Bump!
Curtis Bump has been hired as the Head Esports Coach at Spoon River College. Bump is a graduate of SRC and is also employed there as the coordinator of technology services.
Competitive gaming has become one of the fastest growing collegiate team activities thanks to streaming services such as Twitch, Microsoft’s Mixer, and YouTube. Spoon River College will be joining more than 170 institutions competing as members of the National Association of Collegiate Esports, which is a nonprofit organization.
“We will be focusing on Overwatch, League of Legends, and Rocket League all on PC. Eventually we plan to grow our selection of games depending on what titles our conference is playing,” Bump said.
Bump began playing Super Mario Brothers 3 almost 25 years ago, and has been an enthusiastic gamer ever since. “My uncle operated an arcade, so I had a lot of access to the games.” He has participated in tournaments as a player and has experience in organizing them.
A dedicated gaming area is currently being created at the College, and Bump is actively recruiting players. “Game-playing ability is important, but I’m also looking for players who have good communication skills and a good attitude,” Bump said. “Not everyone gets to be the hero and rack up the points. I need those willing to excel even in what some call the ‘undesirable roles’ that are vital in supporting the team.”
Some scholarship opportunities are available, and esport athletes will be held to the same code of conduct and standards as all other SRC student-athletes, including maintaining good academic standing as well as attending mandatory study sessions to maintain eligibility.
“Our goal start date to begin is September. I’m excited that the College was on board for this and I’m excited to be coaching the team,” Bump said. “I think we’re going to have a lot of fun with it.”
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 309-649-6249. For those interested in being part of the club, fill out the online application today!