NAECAD Awards

Esports Awards

The NAECAD’s award program recognizes esteemed coaches, directors, and athletes from various levels on an annual basis. Each award is voted on by the NAECAD Achievement Recognition Advisory Subcommittee and each individual receiving an award will be recognized at the annual NAECAD National Convention. The NAECAD is the first association to offer competitive esports awards in the following categories at the high school and university level of competition.

These prestigious awards recognize the outstanding leadership qualities a coach or director has made to its team, program, school, and to the entire esports ecosystem during the school year.

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2019-2020 College Coach of the Year

Dr. Chris Haskell
Boise State University
Shaun Byrne
St. Clair College

2019-2020 College Director of the Year

2019-2020 High School Coach of the Year

Ryan Hinds
Elm Creek High School
Alene Vandermyde
Davenport Central High School

2019-2020 High School Director of the Year

Player of the Year & Player of the Month

This coveted award will recognize an individual for a balance of athletic achievement, sportsmanship and citizenship. While elite performance in the game is important, this award is aimed at recognizing the overall impact the individual has made. Example characteristics include:


Each month, players will be nominated and voted on by their NAECAD member coaches or directors. One Player of the Month will be recognized both at the high school and the university levels (September–April).

The Player of the Month recipients will be eligible for nomination of the Player of the Year award. The individual receiving the Player of the Year award will be recognized in person at the NAECAD National Convention each year. The individuals receiving the Player of the Month award will be recognized at the NAECAD National Convention each year.

All-Americans

This distinct honor will be given to student athletes who are the best at their game and position and within their level of participation. Student athletes nominated for the Player of the Month award will be eligible for nomination of All-American status. Student athletes receiving the top ten most votes will be recognized at both the high school and the university levels. The individuals receiving All-American status will be recognized each year at the NAECAD National Convention.

NAECAD Award Processes

Coach of the Year
  • Nominations open April 1
  • Nominations close at 11:59 PM May 1st
  • Voting opens on April 15
  • Voting closes at 11:59 PM on April 20th
  • Announcement of Coach of the Year will be no later than midnight on May 31st
  • Recipients of any award must have at least one school representative member from the NAECAD
  • NAECAD members are responsible for submitting the required information by the stated deadline for consideration of any individual or team award
  • One award will be given at the high school level and one award will be given at the college level.
Director of the Year
  • Nominations open April 1
  • Nominations close at 11:59 PM May 1st
  • Voting opens on April 15
  • Voting closes at 11:59 PM on April 20th
  • Announcement of Director of the Year will be no later than 11:59 PM on May 31st
  • Recipients of any award must have at least one representative member from the NAECAD
  • NAECAD members are responsible for submitting the required information by the stated deadline for consideration of any individual or team award
  • One award will be given at the high school level and one award will be given at the college level.
Player of the Year
  • The eight Player of the Month recipients will be eligible for the Player of the Year award at both the high school and college level
  • Announcement of Player of the Year will be no later than midnight on May 31st
  • Recipients of any award must have at least one representative member from the NAECAD
  • NAECAD members are responsible for submitting the required information by the stated deadline for consideration of any individual or team award.
All-American
  • Student athletes nominated for the Player of the Month award will then be eligible for All-American status
  • Announcement of All-American status will be no later than 11:59 PM on May 31st
  • Recipients of any award must have at least one representative member from the NAECAD
  • NAECAD members are responsible for submitting the required information by the stated deadline for consideration of any individual or team award.
Player of the Month
  • Nominations can be submitted online until 11:59 PM on the first of every month for the previous month
  • Voting opens on the 5th of every month
  • Voting closes at midnight on the 10th of every month
  • Announcement of Player of the Month will be no later than 11:59 PM on the 15th of every month
  • Recipients of any award must have at least one representative member from the NAECAD
  • NAECAD members are responsible for submitting the required information by the stated deadline for consideration of any individual or team award.

Administration Process

The Achievement Recognition Advisory Committee within the NAECAD will oversee and administer the voting process for all existing awards, the creation of future awards, and the process for the recognition of the award recipients at the National Convention on behalf of the NAECAD. The NAECAD will continue to offer additional awards as the sport continues to grow. In order to qualify for awards in a particular region, state, or conference; a minimum of fifteen organizations/teams must exist within that given region, state, or conference.  Additionally, a minimum of fifteen organizations/teams must have a representative who is a member of NAECAD.

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