Wood brings vast esports experience to OU

The Ottawa Herald

Ottawa University has a new head coach for the esports program, which is entering its second season.

Max Wood takes over the program.

Athletic Director Arabie Conner said she was pleased to announce the hiring of Wood as the head coach for the esports program.

“Coach Wood brings significant experience to OU, having been involved in esports at a highly competitive level,” Conner said. “His philosophy and approach resonated with the search committee as he articulated his vision for the program. His passion for not just one, but a variety of esports titles along with in-depth knowledge of each was impressive and unique. We believe Coach Wood is the ideal candidate to add into our staffing model as we further define and build upon the early visibility and successes of our program.”

Woods has experience managing esports companies. He was the esports development manager at Lowkey Esports LLC. He established and managed 11 independent Lowkey esports branches with 168 employees.

Wood spearheaded a variety of operations, including recruiting athletes, coordinating training and competition schedules, maintaining facilities and equipment and handled team registration. He led teams to win more than $116,000 in 2019 prize pools. Under Wood’s leadership, the team placed 17th at the 2019 League of Legends World Championship, second at the 2019 VCS Summer, placed first at the Overwatch Contenders in 2019 in S1 & S2: South America, was first at the RLCS Season 7 – South America: Grand Series and second at the RLCS Season, qualified for the 2020 Dota 2 Predator League and placed fourth at the CSGO ESL Brasil Premier League Season 11.

“We chose Max because of his experience and ability to assemble top-level teams across multiple esports titles,” said Conner Alne, executive director of esports at OU. “He has built a vast network in the esports community and his talents align perfectly with what we are looking for.”

Wood graduated in 2018 with a bachelor of arts in international politics with a concentration in comparative politics and a finished with a minor in public policy and management from George Mason University.

"I'm very excited to bring my international success to Ottawa University, where I have a chance to assist Mr. Alne with building a national powerhouse,” Wood said. “We have all the ingredients for something truly special to be built at Ottawa University."