Nathan Berggrun was announced as Belmont Abbey's first Head E-Sports Coach in April when the College added the program as the 40th intercollegiate sport.
A lifelong game enthusiast and a competitive Madden player, Berggrun earned his bachelor's degree from UNC Charlotte in 2010 and added a master's degree in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior from Tennessee the following year. He worked in the areas of physical and mental training for athletes over the previous five years.
"I am very excited to help bring e-sports to Belmont Abbey College," Berggrun said at his hiring. "Belmont Abbey is joining the new frontier in college athletics in their creation of a varsity e-sports program. In addition to teaching problem solving, E-sports provides direct experience for STEM and computer science careers and is an arena that promotes inclusiveness. There may be no activity that is more inclusive than e-sports. There really are no boundaries to who can play, compete, watch, and interact.