Hermes comes to Concordia from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he is currently the assistant hall director for UWRF residence life.
While serving in his position at UWRF, he has also been working towards a Master of Science in Education, pursuing a major in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. Hermes also served as a complex manager for residence life at North Dakota State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies with a minor in sociology.
"Being a head esports coach is a dream come true, my inner child is screaming with excitement as I prepare for this journey into the world of competitive gaming," said Hermes. "I cannot be happier with joining Concordia-St. Paul and representing their investment into uncharted esports territory in the Minnesota region. The Twin Cities is the perfect place to not only foster an esports team, but also a community that can flourish behind gaming."
Hermes has been active in League of Legends since 2012, Hearthstone since 2015 and Overwatch since 2016. In League of Legends, he has broadcasted games through the online streaming Twitch service, facilitated and recruited for local and online tournaments recreationally and is an active player and shot-caller for one of the largest multiplayer online battle arena games in history (MOBA).
In Hearthstone, Hermes was a participant in the 2017 Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Tournament for North Dakota State University and he participated in early Major League Gaming tournaments online during the release of Overwatch in 2016. Hermes will lead the first varsity esports program in the state of Minnesota.
Concordia-St. Paul announced the launch of esports for the 2019-2020 academic year in November 2018.
Concordia is the first in Minnesota to officially launch a varsity eSports athletics team. The program will have access to scholarships administered by the department of athletics as well as institutional financial aid opportunities.
The team will be coed, with men and women competing alongside each other.
"Concordia has long prided itself on being responsive to our market and willing to be unconventional and CSP athletics has always followed the institution's willingness to be bold," said McAthie.
"We've been tracking on the growth and popularity of collegiate eSports for some time now, and consider the program a chance to provide competitive and educational opportunities to an entirely new and unique population of students." University officials have allocated eSports-specific practice and competition space for the program in the Lutheran Memorial Center (LMC) on the first floor. Athletics has an existing footprint in the building with baseball, softball and lacrosse locker rooms in the basement.
For more information about the program, check Concordia-St.Paul on CampusTeam: https://campusteam.tv/universities/concordia-university-saint-paul