NOVA Esports serves as an important community through which NOVA students may engage in competitive gaming at the national level as well as casual gaming with the local community. NOVA Esports participates in the top organized competitions every year for a variety of esports titles, including Valorant, League of Legends, Overwatch 2, Rocket League, and more. NOVA Esports has won six National Championships at the junior college level (NJCAAE) and has received a congratulatory letter from the Governor of Virginia for the program’s history of success.

NOVA Esports Learning Objectives

Through the NOVA Esports program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the major organizations which determine the standards and modes of competition for esports at the collegiate level, as well as participate in such organized competition.
  • Be able to assess the resources provided to the student through NOVA Esports, as well as engage in a supportive social environment in which they are comfortable and safe in the sharing of their passions.
  • Demonstrate effective time management capabilities, balancing academic success alongside the opportunity to compete in the national collegiate esports space.
  • Analyze and differentiate the degree to which the student’s personal skills in gaming have improved before and after joining the NOVA Esports program.
  • Identify important professional development habits, such as teamwork, personal accountability, and job interviewing strategies, which contribute to the future success of the student.

NOVA Esports Program Goals

The NOVA Esports program annually seeks to:

  • Provide an inclusive, safe, and respectful environment for all NOVA students to engage in the passion and/or hobby of gaming and esports.
  • Provide opportunities for students to compete at the highest level, nationally of the collegiate esports space.
  • Create support and opportunities in the development of students, including the areas of time management, social health, and professional development.
  • Perform at the highest level possible to provide NOVA with a sense of pride through achievement and national recognition.
  • Manage a large, growing community of enthusiasts while maintaining positive connections even beyond a student’s time at NOVA.

Esports Coaches

John O’Neil
Discord: Datguyjohn

Jordan Whitaker
Discord: FriendBuddyguy