Find out a little more about who we are and why we are so dedicated to eSports.

Vision Statement

The IHSEA endeavors to create and foster competitive eSports programs in all Illinois high schools by providing assistance, organizing tournaments, and presenting information to schools and advisers. These programs cultivate talents in potentially underserved populations and provide a pathway to college scholarships and careers in the gaming industry. The IHSEA pledges to invest proceeds back into schools and students to advance eSports programs in secondary education.

Todd McFarlin

Director of Operations
Taft High School/Steinmetz High School

Todd teaches Exploring Computer Science at Steinmetz High School and is the current eSports team sponsor and coach for both schools. Interested in gaming since childhood, Todd currently plays League of Legends and FFS and RPG games on Xbox. He has played League since beta and peaked his ranking Plat 3. He finds the competitive nature of eSports useful for unlocking his students’ potentials.

Amy Whitlock

Public Relations/Social Media
Oswego East High School

Amy is a French teacher at Oswego East High School and is the current eSports team sponsor and coach. She has always been a tech junkie and gamer since her first video game, Adventure, on the Atari 2600. Although more a console player than a computer gamer, she plays League of Legends mostly to amuse her players. Amy believes eSports in the high schools is an engaging way to encourage the teamwork and communication essential for students’ futures.

Andy Mendez

Head Streamer
Metea Valley High School/Naperville North

Andy is a Dean's Assistant at Metea Valley High School and the founder, current sponsor, and alumni of the MV eSports team. His story with technology and gaming started when his father, who at the time owned his own computer repair shop. His first ever console game was Hunter: The Reckoning on the GameCube. Esports was Andy's passion as a student that has now carried over into his career as a staff member, primarily hired for his work with the program. Andy now plays League of Legends primarily, with sprinkles of various FPSs to kill tilt in between ranked games. Andy primarily runs the IHSEA Twitch streams and is head of production.