Esports Events

NAECAD is committed to providing quality professional development and member networking opportunities throughout the membership year. NAECAD will be announcing the 2022-23 regional clinic schedule July 1, 2022, as soon as details are finalized. Please continue to periodically check this page as ongoing updates will be posted here, as well as on our social media and Discord.

Past Events

5th Annual NAECAD Coaches and Directors Clinic

The National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors (NAECAD) invites you to the 5th Annual NAECAD Coaches and Directors Clinic. This clinic will take place all day Friday, March 4, and the morning of Saturday, March 5, 2021, at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. 

This clinic is specifically for Directors, Coaches, Athletic Directors, and other vital esports roles currently involved with university and high school esports programs. The clinic will also provide valuable information for schools that are exploring the idea of starting a competitive varsity esports program.  This two-day event will provide keynote sessions, panel discussions, and round table discussions presented by leading coaches, directors, and administrators from university and high school esports programs from across the country. This year, along with keynote sessions, there will be specific sessions for established esports programs at both the high school and university level, and specific sessions for institutions just beginning a competitive esports program, or looking to start an esports program both at the university and high school level.

Friday lunch is included as part of the conference and Friday evening there will be a dinner social event for clinic participants and sponsors with drinks and food. This will give you quality time to network, and learn from, individuals from established programs from around the country. There will also be a Call of Duty fundraiser event hosted by the Variety Club of Iowa on Friday night that all clinic participants can choose to participate in. There will also be amazing door prizes for those in attendance!

The clinic will also feature sponsor companies that provide products, resources, and services to help you start or enhance the esports program on your campus.

The clinic will begin at 9:00 a.m. (C.S.T.) on Friday, March 4 and end on Saturday, March 5, at noon. Check-in on Friday begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Grand View University Student Center. All sessions will be recorded and clinic attendees will have access to every session on the NAECAD-PDP after the clinic is over.  

There will also be a university esports tournament taking place on Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6. Admission to the tournament is part of the clinic registration fee.

NAECAD Members will receive a discount code for $50 off registration fee. Current university or high school students interested in becoming an esports coach or director will receive a discount code for $100 off registration fee. Email and request the discount code for the clinic registration. The registration fee is nonrefundable.

An email notification will be sent when successfully registered for the clinic. Any questions/issues with registration, email


Virtual Option: The clinic will also be available virtually if you cannot attend in person.

Lodging: Hotel Information – Call and ask for NAECAD Classic and Clinic Discount

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