Program Faculty

Dr. Ray Pastore
Esports Program Coordinator

With a background in game design, game-based learning, management consulting and instructional design, Dr. Pastore earned his Ph.D. in Instructional Systems including a minor in Educational Psychology from Penn State University in 2008. He is currently a full professor and program coordinator of Esports within the Instructional Technology program in UNCW’s Watson College of Education.

In addition to serving as coordinator of the new Esports programs, Dr. Pastore is faculty advisor for UNCW’s Seahawk Esports Club. This includes overseeing UNCW Esport's teams and tournaments. He has worked on projects for fortune 100 companies, the military, as well as a myriad of schools and universities. He also runs a technology YouTube channel which has over 4 million views and 8000 subscribers.

Dr. Pastore’s background in gaming began in the early 1980s when he started playing Atari at the age of 3! His passion for video games continued through adolescence and adulthood. He has designed games and simulations for both corporate and military clients, published peer-review research articles on gaming, and taught courses on game and simulation design. Currently, Dr. Pastore plays competitive League of Legends and Halo. He also enjoys Minecraft, Overwatch, Valorant, COD, and games he can play with his 3 children.

Selected contributions to the field:

Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. is an entertainment and esports attorney located in New York City. For the last decade, he has worked with professional athletes, musicians, producers, DJs, record labels, fashion designers, as well as professional gamers, streamers, coaches, on-air talent, and esports organizations. He assists these creative individuals with their contract, copyright, trademark, immigration, tax, and related business, marketing, and legal issues. He is a frequent contributor to many industry publications and has been featured on a variety of entertainment, music, and esports publications and podcasts, including Business Insider, The Esports Observer, Esports Insider, Tunecore, and Sport Techie.

Justin has positioned himself as a top esports business professional working with talent in a variety of franchise leagues including the Overwatch LeagueOverwatch Contenders, and Call of Duty Pro League as well as in many popular competitive titles such as Fortnite, CS:GO, Gears of War, Halo, Super Smash Brothers, Rainbow 6, PUBG, Madden, and FIFA and mobile games such as Brawlhalla, Clash of Clans, and Call of Duty mobile. Previously, he worked with various esports talent agencies as well as in an official capacity on behalf of several esports teams and brands.

Selected contributions to the field:

Eric LeNorgant

Eric received his Kinesiology Sports Psychology Master’s degree from California State University, Fresno. While attending he conducted research comparing traditional sports to esports. The purpose of his study viewed the similarities between the way competitors communicate with themselves as well as pre-competitive anxiety.

He is currently an adjunct faculty member at UNCW for the esports program, a collegiate esports coach at Cal State Fresno, as well as the mental performance coach for professional esports players including Team Liquid.

With several years of traditional and mental coaching experience; his mission is to contribute to the esports community by helping develop coaches and players so that individuals and organizations can thrive. Eric found his passion for video games early in childhood with the greatest FPS ever: Doom II. This interest grew into countless other gaming titles, but he’s since narrowed his gaming hours to DoTA 2, Rocket League, CSGO, PUBG, and Escape from Tarkov.