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esports COACH

John Hartzog


Asst Coach: Damien Edwards


Coach Hartzog is a graduate of North Florida Community College (NFCC), holds a B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University and M.Ed in Instructional Online Design from Capella University.  John Hartzog is a life-long video game player and has advocated for how games can help educate as well as allow us to break societal barriers and stereotypes

Prior to being named FGC’s first esport coach, Coach Hartzog was a contributing writer for gaming news with NerdHQ where he was the lead writer on several competitive titles such as Overwatch and For Honor. Coach Hartzog is currently active in online competitive games such as Overwatch, Apex Legends, Fortnite, Hearthstone, and Spellbreak, He brings a wealth of knowledge from a variety of gaming areas including console and PC gaming. 

As head coach, Coach Hartzog is part of a small committee spearheading the creation of a new Esports Performance arena on the first floor of the Hall Student Center.  The state-of-the art facilities for the Varsity Program includes: a lag less environment, top-of-the line peripherals, and the best PCs on the market. The space includes a lounge area for the players.

Esports, competitive online video gaming, is one of the fastest growing collegiate team activities, now offered at more than 600 colleges and universities across the country. “Many people believe eSports is just a bunch of kids sitting around playing video games. These athletes are competing and performing at a high level, requiring a lot of skill. I’m excited to show people these competitions are just as serious as a traditional sport” says Hartzog. Students who are interested in becoming a member of the 2020-21 FGC Esports team should reach out to Coach Hartzog.

2022 Esports Schedule

Fri Oct 7Overwatch 2TBA6:00pmHOME
Sat Oct 8League of LegendsTBA3:00pmHOME
Sat Oct 15Overwatch 2TBA6:00pmHOME
Sun Oct 16League of LegendsTBA3:00pmHOME
Sat Oct 22Overwatch 2TBA6:00pmHOME
Sun Oct 23League of LegendsTBA3:00pmHOME
Sat Nov 5Overwatch 2TBA6:00pmHOME
Sun Nov 6League of LegendsTBA3:00pmHOME
Thurs Nov 10Overwatch 2TBATBAHOME
Sun Nov 12League of LegendsTBA3:00pmHOME
Sat Nov 19Overwatch 2TBA6:00pmHOME
Sun Nov 20League of LegendsTBA3:00pmHOME

2022-2023 Florida Gateway College Esports Roster

Jesse BradenSOLake City, FL
Jared CampbellFRLive Oak, FL
Jesse CampbellFRLive Oak, FL
Jordan GoreSOLake Butler, FL
James HickmonFRFort White, FL
Corben HodgesFRRaiford, FL
Dallas HurstFRLake City, FL
Kyle JewettSOLake City, FL
Sergio JosephFRLake City, FL
Hunter NeelyFRLake City, FL
Trevor TannerFRLive Oak, FL
Colby ThompsonSOLake City, FL
Samuel VelezSOLake City, FL