Keeping up with your coaches: Jeffrey Pitner, eSports

Full-time Job: Teacher, Rockford Guilford High School

Family: Married with two children (8 and 3)

Hometown: Algonquin, IL

High School and year you graduated: Harry D. Jacobs High School, Class of 2002

College/additional educational background: Northern Illinois University

Q: Why did you get into coaching?

A: To work with kids in a non-educational setting to see how the power of a team is greater than the power of an individual.

Q: What coach in your life had the biggest influence and why?

A: A coach in middle school did not let me play as a result of additional club membership requiring missing one practice a week. As a result, I lost a lot of interest in playing that sport.  I saw the importance that good or bad communication has between coach and player. I also learned the valuable lesson of how a team can become a unit off the field.

Q: What is your favorite motivational quote and/or motivational song?

A: Paul Stanley – “Live to Win”

Q: Where would your student-athletes most likely find you this summer?

A: Working on playing and coaching strategies, while streaming on Twitch.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Rockford and/or your favorite place in the area?

A: I like the variety of places to play disc golf and get outside and live without technology from time to time.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about coaching?

A: Having your hard work and preparation accurately prepare for the next game. When someone does what your scouting predicted, it brings a smile to your face.

Q: What is the most difficult challenge as a coach?

A: Recruiting consistent candidates and convincing the community that eSports is a legitimate competitive event.

Q: What is something your student-athletes would be surprised to learn about you?

A: I originally wanted to teach in the fine arts, and have previously been coach of football and chess.

Posted on 07.15.18