Coaches

Esports Head Coach

Tristian Holmgren

Tristan Holmgren ’13 was named the St. Thomas Aquinas College E-Sports head coach on May 1, 2019, after serving the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the indoor and outdoor track and field programs, helping to lead both men’s and women’s programs to national prominence.  Prior to his time at STAC, Holmgren was an assistant track and field coach at the high school level.

A 2013 graduate of STAC with a BS in Sports Management, Holmgren will direct all e-sports programming for the college, including League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, Madden, and NBA 2K teams.  An avid gamer, Holmgren has achieved a Diamond I + Split III ranking in League of Legends, having only started with the game a short time ago.  He has previously spent most of his gaming mastering Overwatch and Fortnite play.

Holmgren has taken pieces from Mike Krzyzewski’s coaching philosophy, adopting a “Next Play” coaching style which focuses on the upcoming events, rather than dwelling on any past successes or failures.  “It is not about the success you’ve had, or the mistakes you’ve made,” says Holmgren.  “It’s about the next thing that you do.  We can apply this to the E-Sports world by learning from the previous games we’ve played and using those results to help shape out next strategy and action.”

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