OTTAWA, Kan. – Director of Athletics at the University of Ottawa, saudi conneris pleased to announce the hiring of Alex Madera as Director of Esports at the University of Ottawa.
Madera comes to OU after two seasons as the head esports coach at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. While there, he was responsible for recruiting, training and managing students in various esports titles. Under Madera’s leadership, the esports facility was greatly improved with the purchase and implementation of over $70,000 worth of equipment. He was very involved with the Culver-Stockton community, finding local businesses to support the program. Madera ran several social media marketing campaigns, growing his audience to over 2,000 followers on Twitter in just a few years.
“This was a long but rewarding search that brought a lot of interest amid exciting times and growth in esports across the country,” said Conner. “I believe we have found a perfect person who can manage this program and take it to new levels. Alex was exceptional during the interview process and will bring fantastic leadership as well as critical stability to our program. His approach is humble and appreciative with a clear vision, confidence, and passion for esports that will be welcomed by all, both in and out of the community, as we continue to build our program. During the interview process, it became clear that Alex is committed to maintaining our program to the highest standards in all facets and further increase our visibility and profile.”
As Director of Esports, Madera will oversee the strategic growth plan and overall success of the Braves Esports program. That includes leading and managing an expanding lineup of esports titles; Valorant, Call of Duty, Overwatch, CSGO, League of Legends, Rocket League, Fortnite and Smash Ultimate. Having quickly established themselves as one of the best in the country, the Braves Esports team has won multiple Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championships and the Collegiate Call of Duty Championship in 2021.
The OU Esports team competes at Peters Auditorium, a 200-seat, state-of-the-art esports arena and broadcast and video production facility that features a main stage for matches, tournaments and spectator events.
“I am excited to accept this position at the University of Ottawa,” said Madera. “I immediately connected with the mission and vision of the university, which align perfectly with my own values and beliefs. As the new Director of Esports, I will use all available resources to help our student-athletes succeed both academically and academically. as in esports. I will also use my knowledge and support from Ottawa to increase competitiveness within the program and provide more opportunities for those interested in competing at the collegiate level.”
Prior to coaching, Madera was an undergraduate student assistant in the marketing and information technology departments at Culver-Stockton from 2018 to 2020. He graduated from Culver-Stockton with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management (2020) and a Master of Business. Bachelor of Administration (2022).
“I want to thank the patience and support of our student leaders within the program, especially our hard-working graduate assistant, riley boyd, who helped us considerably during this transition,” said Conner. “The show showed real signs of maturity and growth that one would expect to see over time as a show establishes itself and evolves. I anticipate that the next chapter of Brave Esports will be exciting to see continue to grow with the return of our student leadership and acceptance.”
“I would like to thank God for this opportunity,” said Madera. “Even in the hardest moments I felt his presence with me, and honestly I wouldn’t be here without him. I also want to thank my family. They have always supported me and pushed me to be the best version of myself. I would like to thank all those who in one way or another have impacted my life, such as the student body and staff at Culver-Stockton College. saudi conner, bruce-tatethe search committee and the University of Ottawa community for this opportunity.