Eagle Esports Announces Fall 2022 Semester Tryout Schedule, Welcomes New Coordinator
Fri, 07/29/2022 - 10:57am | By: David Tisdale
Coming off a national championship, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Eagle Esports program is anticipating an enthusiastic response to fall tryouts for its various teams, and new Eagle Esports Coordinator David Dickert is looking forward to guiding it toward another successful year.
Dickert came to USM this year from Stephen F. Austin (SFA) University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently completing a master’s thesis in history that focuses on his research of U.S. regulations on gambling and microtransactions in video games. At SFA, Dickert gained extensive experience participating in and helping build its esports program with a total of 700-plus active students and 75 signed student-athletes; as a student, he competed in Halo: Reach, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and Rainbow Six: Siege.
Dickert is also on the Competition Council for the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), where he helps shape the future of collegiate esports.
“Being the USM Esports Coordinator is the best job in the world, and I cannot imagine myself doing anything other than esports,” Dickert said. “At USM Esports, we strive to build an inclusive, diverse, friendly, and competitive environment for students. I plan to build an esports empire here and maintain our status as one of the premier esports institutions in the country.”
Tryouts for Eagle Esports’ eight teams is set for August 22-25. Eagle Esports also offers three internship programs for student professional development, including those in graphic design, production, and game management. Students can earn certifications in Adobe, Microsoft Office, and more.
For more information, follow Eagle Esports on Twitter (@USMesports) or visit https://www.usm.edu/esports/index.php