Stay Plugged In's Rene Monteserin recently spoke with Jeremy Fowler about the esports program at Xavier High School, a private all-boys high school located in Middletown, CT. It’s earned a reputation for being one of the top Catholic College Preparatory schools in New England.
Led by Fowler, the head coach for the past four years, the Xavier High School Esports team has been one of the top programs in the state. During this stretch, the team has won three Rocket League state titles along with a runner-up finish. Their one loss came at the hands of the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering.
The excitement around competing, being able to represent their school, and the success of the team has led to strong participation amongst students. Coach Fowler, a former traditional sports athlete (soccer) wishes he would have had this opportunity when he was in high school. Like many traditional sports athletes at Xavier, the students work hard to improve their skills, assess game performance, and prepare for upcoming matches, by discussing strategies to be used against upcoming opponents.
The program has about 30 students competing in multiple titles including Rocket League, League of Legends, Smash Ultimate, Madden, Splatoon, and Mario Kart. But Rocket League is where the team has established itself as the team to beat in Connecticut. Expectations remain high for the upcoming season.
The team has more than a few high-level players who could have the opportunity to continue to compete at the collegiate level should they choose. A couple of Fowler’s students are actively being recruited, and with one former student playing in college, the program should expect to see continued interest with students looking to turn their passion into opportunity.
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