Des Moines, IA. – Bret Vester of Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D., has been named the college NAECAD Player of the Month for September 2020. Owen Brinkman of Mariemont High School, Cincinnati, OH, has been named the high school NAECAD Player of the Month for September 2020 the NAECAD national office announced Thursday.
Bret Vester is the team captain for the Dickinson State Blue Hawks. Josh Nichols, Director of Esports at Dickinson State and NAECAD member states, “Bret cares about his teammates, the university's esports program, and giving his all to competitions. As a program with only one part-time staff member, we rely on creative solutions and our own students to help manage and grow our program. Bret has been a critical asset to our Rocket League team in his role as captain with managing game day logistics, reschedules, and registrations. He is a calm voice during even the most tilt-inducing matches and is always willing to review playbacks with his teammates to learn and grow. As he prepares to graduate, he is also assisting some of our new, less experiences players with suggestions on improving their gameplay. We have many rockstar students but Bret has consistently gone above and beyond to help our emerging program.”
Owen Brinkman plays Overwatch for the Mariemont High School Warriors. He used to play support and over the quarantine period he started to main DPS. Nathan Eten, Head Coach of the Mariemont esports program and NAECAD member states, “Owen is now one of our best DPS players and is a budding leader for our new esports program.” Coach Eten looks for Owen to continue to lead the Warriors throughout the fall in Overwatch and continue to grow in his leadership skills and positive influence on the esports program.
This coveted award recognizes individuals 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:
- Impactful or notable in-game performance
- Evidence of good sportsmanship and teamwork.
- Community service
- Superior academic achievement
- Overcoming personal obstacles
Each month, players are nominated and voted on by the NAECAD Advisory Committee member coaches or directors. One Player of the Month will be recognized each month (September – April).
The Player of the Month recipients are 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. 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 for All-American status. The individuals receiving All-American status will be recognized each year at the NAECAD National Convention.